Christmas may be months away, but it’s never too early to start planning for the festivities. The holiday season is a reason to celebrate with family and friends, so it’s important to make the most of this joyous occasion. One way to really capture the Christmas spirit is to think of a tradition you can enjoy with your family each year. Haven’t started one yet? Not a problem – here are three Christmas traditions you can start this year:
1. Update letter
It’s common for families to include an update with their holiday cards every year. Your closest friends and family members want to know about your life, and busy schedules may prevent you from keeping in touch. Make it easier for everyone by including some details about each of your immediate family members in your holiday card. For example, did your husband recently get a new job? Did your daughter make the basketball team at school? You may even want to turn your holiday greetings into a photo card, so everyone can see how much your family has grown over the last year.
2. Cookie day
Mmm! There’s nothing sweeter than a batch of warm cookies during the holiday season. With so many creative decorating ideas and delicious recipes, it’s easy to turn this holiday activity into a tradition. Dedicate a day to baking cookies with your kids every year. Consider hosting this event at the beginning of December so you have a supply of cookies on hand throughout the entire season – you can always freeze what you don’t eat right away to keep the treats fresh.
As your kids get older, they’ll be able to lend a more helpful hand in the kitchen. For the younger ones, you can start by tasking them with sprinkle and icing duty. As they get older, you can turn this holiday tradition into a learning experience, teaching the kids all your family baking recipes and secrets.
3. Christmas countdown
A Christmas countdown provides a simpler way to celebrate the season each year because you can make this as elaborate or basic as you want. Parents.com suggests either making or buying an advent calendar stuffed with surprises to count down the days until Christmas. Your kids will have fun discovering what each day holds, and you can enjoy a low-maintenance tradition.
Start a tradition with your family to make the most of the holiday season.