If you are looking for some fun ideas to incorporate into your Family Christmas Traditions, I would love to share some of my favorites.
Make an advent calendar and then mark the days until Christmas Eve. There are many different types of Advent calendars. One year I made special salt dough ornaments and wrapped each one up with a number on the front. I placed a four-foot tree on our hearth and every day we would unwrap one package and hang the ornament on the tree.
Other ideas are to wrap up Christmas theme books and open and read one each night. You can wrap up your old favorites that you love or find some new favorites on Amazon.com.
Another nice tradition is to have a Christmas family movie night once a week leading up to Christmas. Walmart has all the Christmas movies you could want on DVD or Blu-Ray.
Bake and decorate rolled out sugar cookies together. Use Christmas cookie cutters and colored sugars to make them festive. You can get nice sets of cookie cutters and décors at Target.
Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood. Ask your neighbors to join you. If you get a nice group together, take your show on the road to the local nursing home and spread the joy!
Go through your home and gather up outgrown clothing and warm coats to donate to those in need. This will teach your children how good it feels to help others who are less fortunate.
Take a drive together to look at Christmas lights in the area.
Have a family tree-trimming party. Make hot cocoa, turn the Christmas music up and rock around that Christmas tree together decorating your hearts out. If you are still looking for a tree, visiting a tree farm together is great fun for families. If you are looking for a new artificial tree, stores like Home Depot, have tremendous sales right now.
Decorate a gingerbread house together. Think it is too much work? Don’t worry there are lots of pre-assembled kits in stores like Michael’s now! There are sets with one house or 3 little houses by Wilton that let you get straight to fun part!
Read, The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve as a family before you put the kids to bed.