Easy Family Christmas Traditions


Being part of a family inevitably means there will be traditions passed down through the years.  This is a wonderful way to hold onto deep connection with your heritage.  Many people share specific Christmas traditions with their family that they did as they grew up in their family of origin.

Maybe you’re just beginning your Christmas holidays as a family and you don’t really have any traditions of your own yet, or are looking to add a few.  I share a list of things that my family has incorporated into our holiday season through the years and also add a few new ideas.

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  • It’s tradition that we spend Christmas Day eating at my aunt’s home and we all tell what Christmas means to us. Spending time with family is the most precious thing to do during the holiday season.

  • Jen

    A few years ago, we arrived at Christmas Eve and found that all of our tasks were done – shopping, wrapping, shipping, . . . everything was complete. The day was dry and the sun was out, so we took our two boys to the zoo. What we found was that we had nearly the entire zoo to ourselves. Other than ourselves, we only saw one family there. It was wonderful! The kids could run and play and there was no concern of getting lost in a crowd. They had complete freedom. Since then, we’ve reserved Christmas Eve for a special family outing – whether it’s to the zoo, science center, or children’s museum. We go to somewhere that is normally crowded and busy, but have found each time that on that day, it’s nearly empty. It’s become one of our favorite traditions of the Christmas season.

  • I love that – who would ever have thought! Thank you so much for sharing – I am sure you’ve sparked the interest in others!

  • You’ve got that right, family is what it is about – so glad you can treasure that time.

  • Stacy Worley

    I was a poor single mom for many years. One year, I decided on a whim to buy a can of silly string for each of us. (3) They were on sale for 50 cents each. I wrapped them for each child and we opened them and had a silly string fight. Over the years, this has become a treasured and silly tradition!

  • Oh Stacy, I love it! I can relate as a single mom for many years – I am so glad you found joy in something so small and it has become a treasured memory!

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