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Creating New Christmas Traditions

With the anticipation of the holiday season just around the corner, here are some fun ideas for creating new Christmas traditions in your home. Whether you have just moved in and want a start fresh, or if you’re in your forever home and looking to change things up!

Getting Together for Tree Trimming

Gather the family (heck – even your friends) and throw a tree trimming party. Setting up the tree and taking the decorations out of storage in advance will make it easy to focus on what matters. Provide everyone with snacks and hot cocoa or apple cider, turn up some fun Christmas music and enjoy decking the halls!

Christmas Baking for Everyone

Set aside a day or an entire weekend for some sweet Christmas baking. Cookies and bars make for some delicious simple gifts from the heart. If you are feeling adventurous, try hosting a gingerbread house decorating contest or a cookie exchange party.

Oh, and don’t forget to put those cookies out for Santa! You wouldn’t want to end up on the naughty list…

Christmas Eve Movie and Pajama Night

Let the kiddo’s open up one gift on Christmas eve and have the whole family wear matching pajamas! Not only will everyone look cute and ridiculous, it’s perfect for some candid family photos.  It will be the perfect excuse to pop some corn, put on your favorite Christmas movie and snuggle with the family.

Reverse Advent Calendar and Donate

In the holiday spirit of giving, try incorporating a reverse advent calendar. Set up a box in the kitchen and for every day of December; place a non-perishable item inside intended for your local food bank or have your children put one toy or article of clothing into the box to give to a charity.

This will teach your kids that not everyone is as fortunate this time of the year, and to give back where we can. It also helps to remove unwanted toys before the new toys move in.

There are many different types of traditions for the holiday season, from elf on the shelf to putting glitter on the driveway for the reindeer to find your house to having an ugly Christmas sweater party. Whatever you and your family may choose as your new tradition, remember it’s about spending quality time with your family and enjoying the Christmas spirit!

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