A few weeks ago we asked our ‘The Holidaying Family’ community what their family Christmas traditions were and we had some fabulous responses. The Christmas memories that seem to last the longest for the majority of us are the festive family traditions. It is never too late to start Christmas family traditions (and you are no doubt already doing some).
We have put together a list of 8 really simple and inexpensive ideas:
1. Christmas Ornaments
Every year take the kids shopping and let them choose 1 new Christmas ornament each to add to the tree. They will delight in seeing ‘their special ornament’ on the tree and will get excited each year when they pull it out.
2. Christmas Lights
This is always a highlight. There is something magical about driving around at night and visiting the lights. There is a fantastic website called Christmas Light Search where you can enter in your postcode and it will list the lights closest to you.
3. Christmas Movies Together
There are lots of great Christmas movies you can sit and enjoy as a family. Grab the popcorn and snuggle in. Some of our favourites are: Elf, Arthur Christmas, Home Alone 1, The Grinch, The Polar Express etc.
4. Family Photo In Front Of The Tree
This is an easy one to do. Every year have your family photo taken in front of the Christmas tree. It is a great tradition that allows you to look back each year and see how everyone has grown and changed. Include the family pets as well!
5. New Pyjamas For The Family On Christmas Eve
I love this one. Quite a few of our readers said that this was one of their family traditions – and we’re definitely adopting it this year! In fact, Peter Alexander has a section on their website called Family Fun and there are some really cool ‘family’ pyjama options there if you want to be matchy, matchy! There’s even matching options for the family dog.
6. Read Christmas Books Together On Christmas Eve
Reading some Christmas themed books to the kids before bed on Christmas Eve is the perfect wind-down before the exciting day ahead. There are so many good Christmas book options.
7. Listen to Christmas Music
Whether you’re still wrapping gifts or just chilling out together, pop on the Christmas music….even better, make yourself a hot chocolate while you’re at it.
8. Gingerbread Houses
Lots of people already do this one together as a family and it is creative and fun, not to mention tasty. There are many kits available these days to make the whole process a lot easier.