Start Your Family’s Holiday Tradition
Let this year be the year you start a holiday family tradition, one that your children will continue with their children. It doesn’t take much to start a tradition just pick a day and time to do something special with your family. If your family has a good time then remember to do it again the next year, if it’s a really good time chances are your children will remind you. Need some ideas, well look no further.
Movie Night: Everyone put on their favorite pajamas and meet in Mom and Dads room where you will all cuddle and watch your favorite holiday movie while enjoying a bowl of popcorn or other favorite snack. Let the Children choose the movie and snack a few days ahead of movie night and then be sure to bring it up several time over the next few days to get them really excited.
Craft Night: Make your holiday cards, the children will love helping decorate each card for that special person and you get help finishing up a task that it usually kind of boring. Or have the whole family help to make handmade gifts for the people on your list. Grandma would love a famed picture that the kids worked together on. Make this more fun by voting on what to make for each person on your list. Be sure to talk about it often before it happen and have lots of fun snacks to share. Involve the kids in the entire process from picking the craft to buying the supplies to making and raping the finished product. Take pictures of each person with their finished creation, not only to remember the fun you had but the person who is receiving the gift would love to see it too.
Holiday Light Tour: dress the children up in warm clothes and make hot chocolate to go then load up in the car and drive around looking a Christmas lights see who can spot different things such as a snow man, Santa clause ext. make a fun game of it. Don’t want to go out in the cold or waste gas driving around? Gather the family around the computer and Google Christmas light displays under Google images and let the tour begin.
Game Night: Holiday edition. Here are two fun ideas I found just doing a quick Google search on holiday family games.
Half the fun of playing a holiday trivia game is preparing the questions for it. Create questions that members of the family know the answers to, but that they’ll have to search their memory banks to find. Examples of questions you can write are “What dessert did Aunt Bertha bring to the Easter luncheon last year?” and “Where did Uncle Ray go to college?” Put family members in teams of two or three so that even the youngest members can participate. Keep a scorecard handy to add up points and provide prizes for the winners.
Unwrap the Gift
The game of Unwrap the Gift is similar to musical chairs, in that the action starts and stops with the music. Select a present that anyone in your family would enjoy winning. Wrap the present in several layers of gift wrap. Ask everyone to sit in a circle on the floor or around a table. Turn on some music and tell family members to pass the gift around. When the music stops, the person who is holding the gift gets to remove one layer of gift wrap. Keep turning the music on and off until the gift is unwrapped. The person who peels off the last layer of gift wrap wins the gift. This is a partially fun game to play with lots of children provide you have enough gifts to unwrap that everyone gets one.
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Cookie Exchange: This is more fun to do with the extended family but with a little creativity you could do it with less. Invite everyone over to the house to either bake lots of different cookies or bring homemade cookies to share, let everyone try one of each and then nominate their favorites for cute prizes like a holiday cookie cutter. The children will love getting to taste all the different kinds of cookies. The more people the more cookies so invite everyone. Have plenty of milk and hot coco on hand to wash down all the sweets. Have everyone bring some cookies and a few copies of the recipe to share. Take pictures of the winners with their prize winning treats.
Whatever you decide to do make it fun and unusual; hang up signs around the house to build excitement. Talk it up for a few days before the big event. Involve the children at each step in the process and more than anything else have fun. Have an idea for a fun family tradition? Please comment and we will pass them along. Trying one of my suggestions comment and tell us how it went we would love to hear all about it.