Decorating Christmas cookies and hanging ornaments on the tree have been long-standing traditions in many families, and they’re activities that are definitely here to stay. But who’s to say you can’t make some room for a few new traditions? These holiday activities might just become a new custom for you and your loved ones for years to come:
Mailing holiday cards
This is one of of the more productive traditions of the holiday season. Leaving one person in charge of writing, stuffing and mailing holiday cards can be a time-consuming job. But when everyone pitches in, Christmas cards will be sent on time, and you and your family can have fun in the process! Set out a few holiday treats (like the cookies you just baked), some hot chocolate and a bit of festive music to create the mood. Create an assembly line – one person can write a brief, yet sincere, note in the card, while another can jot down the address and someone else seals the envelope. There’s a job for everyone – even the little ones.
Visit a tree farm
My family had a fake tree for years, because, well, they’re super easy to put up and take down. But let me tell you – nothing quite beats the look and smell of a real tree in your home. Pay a visit to your local tree farm where you and your loved ones can search for the perfect Christmas tree (don’t forget to bring the hot chocolate). Depending on the farm you go to, you may be able to take part in other festive activities like sleigh rides.
Make an ornament
Help your Christmas ornament collection grow by making your own creations every year. Choose a different project to tackle each Christmas. This year, try filling a clear plastic bulb with some fake snow, red and green confetti. The kids can decorate their own with some acrylic paint, glitter or markers. These ornaments will be so special to look back on for years to come.