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 eight of our favorite fun twists on classic holiday traditions; make them your own by putting your own family twist on these ideas!

Milk and 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!

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.

Hanging stockings

Once the stockings are hung, it really starts to feel like the holiday season. Mix things up this year by making flower soap at home and using them as stocking stuffers!

Holiday movie night

Whether your family roots for Clark Griswold or Kevin McCallister, they’re eagerly anticipating the day when they can finally time to pop in the movie they’ve been waiting for all year.

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 a 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.

Advent calendar

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 you can make it even sweeter by counting down with 25 days of cookies. Our cookies are perfect for freezing, so simply defrost them shortly before it’s advent time and enjoy them with a variety of flavors.

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.

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