Christmas can be both a magical time and a stressful one. These Christmas traditions can help add to the Christmas magic while reducing your holiday stress.
Christmas traditions are great for so many reasons. They help to make those wonderful memories that stay with us for years. Christmas traditions really add to the joy, wonder, and magic of the season, especially if you have young children.
They also help to make the holiday season less stressful. There’s less to think about and worry about if some things are already planned.
Here are 8 Christmas traditions that will help to make the holidays full of magic and wonder.
Watching Christmas movies through the month is an easy way to get in the holiday spirit. Check out our Christmas Movies List for ideas of what to watch, and get a free downloadable copy to check them off as you go!
Having a handful of special Christmas treats to make really adds to the holiday season. From cookies to cakes and everything in between, pick a few of your favorite recipes and make them special just for the holidays.
Reading Christmas books throughout the month is a fun and simple way to enjoy the season. It gets everyone off their electronics and brings them together. Start a small collection and add to it every year!
Christmas Eve Box
I love doing this for the kids! (and it’s fun to do for a significant other too!). Pick 2-4 items to give as a gift for the night before Christmas. Choose between:
- Christmas Ornaments
- Coffee Mug
- And anything else that sounds fun!
Setting up a Christmas Town is such a fun and easy tradition. Holiday houses can usually be found at any local thrift store, and some stores sell tiny people and decorations that you can buy. Decorate with some fake snow or pillow stuffing, add some Christmas lights around, and Viola! A lovely little Christmas town for all to enjoy.
Cookie Decorating Contest
This is such a fun tradition! Mix a batch of sugar cookies, use your favorite holiday cookie cutters to make fun shapes, bake and decorate! Make a decorating station for young children by putting down wax or parchment paper under the cookies, and set them up with their own icing bags by cutting a tiny hole in the corner of a sandwich bag and filling them with your icings of choice. For adults, make it a real contest by assigning a person to judge, giving a time limit, and a silly prize at the end. May the best cookie win!
Christmas Lights Tour
Take an evening, pack everyone in the car, and drive around local neighborhoods looking at all the beautiful lights and decorations. This is especially magical to children, who tend to look at it all with a sense of wonder. Add to the experience by playing Christmas music, singing Christmas carols, bringing along blankets and Christmas snacks, or even stopping for hot chocolate afterwards!
Visit Holiday Exhibits
Many local attractions such as the museum and the zoo will have special holiday events. We enjoy going to Christmas at the Zoo and Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum. The kids have such a great time, you get wonderful pictures, and the kids tend to sleep great that night which is a plus for parents!
Volunteering during the holidays is a great way to give back to the community and help others in need. It also helps to show your kids that there are many people that are less fortunate than them and that practicing kindness is important. Great places to volunteer include your local food bank, homeless shelter, battered women’s shelter, and the local pound.
Leave us a comment and let us know what some of your favorite Christmas Traditions are!