Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…that’s one way to kick off the holiday season! One of the best ways to get the entire family in to the holiday spirit is by having yearly traditions that they can look forward every December.
Here are 10 of our favorite fun twists on classic holiday traditions; make them your own by putting your own family twist on these ideas!
Milk & Cookies For Santa
Does your family spend Christmas eve preparing the perfect cookie platter for Santa and his helpers? Put a hands-on twist on this tradition by decorating cookies as a family with our holiday cookie decorating kit!
Looking for even more family fun? You’ll love this DIY Decorated Santa Plate the family can create together.
Volunteer as a Family
It’s especially important during the season to take a moment and appreciate the non-tangible gifts you have. Share a little love with the world by giving back to your community, be it volunteering at your local soup kitchen or donating warm clothing and food. A unique way to give back can also include having the entire family build care packages for military.
Elf on a Shelf
This little elf may look great on a shelf, but that’s not the only place he can retire to! Get inspired with these creative Elf on a Shelf ideas (and make sure to share any new locations you come up with in the comments!).
Once the stockings are hung, it really starts to feel like the holiday season. Mix things up this year by turning old dress shirts into one-of-a-kind stockings with this diy idea!
Holiday Movie Night
Whether your family roots for Clark Griswold or Kevin McCalister, they await the day when it’s finally time to pop in the movie they’ve been waiting for all year. We love these ideas for Christmas movies paired with activities for family fun night.
Choosing the Tree
Rain or shine, there’s no stopping your family from getting the freshest and tallest holiday tree. Make the experience even sweeter by packing a sweet holiday tree themed snack pack. This can include: tree-shaped sandwiches (use a tree cookie cutter to recreate this), a tree napkin and Christmas tree cookie all wrapped up in a brown bag wrapped in tinsel.
Decorating the Tree
What’s next after choosing the perfect tree? Decorating time! Your go-to collection of ornaments could sure use a personal touch, so sit the family down for some DIY time with these homemade ornament ideas.
As soon as the first day of December hits, it’s time to bring out that advent calendar! Your chocolate advent calendar need not go anywhere, but make it even sweeter by counting down with 25 days of cookies! Our cookies are perfect for freezing, so simply defrost shortly before it’s advent time and enjoy with a variety of flavors.
Pair those cookies with a snow cold milk sip! Make these festive beauties at the start of the season and your family can reuse and sip from these fun bottles all month long!
Reading Christmas Stories
It’s not Christmas time without Scrooge – Ebenezer Scrooge, that is. Reading your family’s favorites is a tradition that never goes out of style. Host a Kids Storybook Party to extend this tradition to friends and neighbors!