Just because Christmas is just a few days away, doesn’t mean you missed out on starting some holiday traditions with your family. Now that the stress of decorating and shopping are over (for most at least), you can now enjoy the days leading up to Christmas doing things with your family. Here are a few things you’ll still be able to partake in to start some family traditions for the holidays (in case you don’t have any or want do more):
Baking and the holidays go hand-in-hand, so why not spend a cozy afternoon trying to be that Pinterest mom, who makes the most delectable treats for her family? And even if you’re not up for making IG-worthy cookies, you can still just buy some regular cookie dough from the store, get some fun Christmas cookie shapes and call it a day! Your kids won’t care if they aren’t perfect since all they’ll care about is eating them and the fun they had making them with you. But you do want an easy recipe, here’s a great one!
A Christmas Movie Marathon
This can easily be done the same time you bake cookies. Once you’re done, put on your favorite holiday PJs as a family and binge watch all sorts of Christmas movies. Add in some classics, some cartoons and a bit of Hallmark Channel ones once the kids go to bed and it’ll be your favorite family tradition! Have each family member choose one and put it on the must-watch list.
Go See Lights
There are tons of places to see beautiful displays of lights this time of year and here’s a handy guide for some in the area. There are plenty of neighborhoods to drive through if your’e feeling like a low-key light show, or even walk around your own neighborhood once it gets dark and see what house wins for the best lights. It doesn’t have to be a grand night out for the family, just something simple that will make your kids smile and want to continue doing it every year.
I’ve been taking my children to see Santa ever since my 6-year-old was just a few months old and plan to do it for a very long time (I’ll probably bribe them when they’re teens, too). You don’t have to spend a fortune on the biggest photo package, either. Get the cheapest option (or digital prints) and keep them each year to see the progression of your children and the Christmas magic over the years.
Show your children that Christmas isn’t just about the lights or the presents, but something greater by demonstrating how to give back. It can be as simple as going and getting a small toy and donating it to Toys 4 Tots or a family in need that you know of. Have them even make cards for a senior home or go to a shelter to read to animals. Again, it doesn’t have to be something big, just something meaningful. For my family, I always try to adopt a few kids and have my children pick out toys for them, before we wrap them and drop them off.
There are probably 101 more ways to start holiday family traditions despite it being so close to Christmas, but these are the easiest. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything big, time constraining, expensive or anything that requires tons of work. It just needs to be memorable because that’s all that really counts!