What do you love most about the holidays?
Chances are your answer involves a tradition that makes the season extra special. We love the comfy feeling of connection and predictability traditions bring and they can be a lot of fun to celebrate, making the season extra bright.
Creating a new tradition can be a lot of fun, too. Make a tradition uniquely your own by adding personal touches worthy of being passed down for generations to come. After all, memories are the best gifts you can give to your family as those traditions pass down through the generations.
Some of our corporate office associates have shared their ideas for new holiday traditions below:
Reindeer Chow - We make reindeer chow, a mix of glitter and oats, and sprinkle it in the yard so the reindeer don’t miss our house and have something to munch on while Santa goes to work.
Gingerbread Delight - We build a gingerbread house every year and the “address” on the house is the year we built it.
Hanukkah Scrapbook – Each year we sit down with photos and keepsakes from the previous months and make a Hanukkah scrapbook. It can be a lot of fun and when you use stickers, markers, glitter, etc. it can be very creative and a unique memory to pass down throughout the years.
Fa La La La La Caroling - Caroling is always fun – we get a big group together and meet back at our house for eggnog, hot cocoa and treats. It gets everyone in the spirit of the season. –
Charitable Giving - We’ve always given gifts to children’s charities. It teaches our children how to give back and it gives something to a child who might otherwise have nothing Christmas morning.
Personalized Ornaments – We give each of our children a personalized ornament that signifies a special accomplishment of the past year. We plan on giving them all of their ornaments when they start their own families.
Holiday PJs - We open one gift on Christmas Eve. It is always matching pjs for the whole family. We wear them to bed and for Christmas Day so we all match in family photos.
Bedtime Books – Each year since our daughter was born we’ve bought a special holiday book for Christmas. The books range from traditional Christmas tales to Kwanza stories and Chanukah poems. We read the book on Christmas Eve before bedtime and each year we read the books from previous years. Now that she’s 10 years old, It takes awhile but she loves it.
Do you have a great holiday tradition that your family enjoys? Please share – we’d love to read about it!