Hello everyone! Welcome to Blogmas day 7! Today I wanted to share some ideas for holiday traditions.
I got this idea after listening to a few podcasts and hearing people compare traditions for the holidays that they either used to do, currently do, or would like to do. It’s so funny how traditions can change or vary from person to person, especially as you get older. Hopefully this is a fun idea!
Have a set movie playlist for the holidays
It can either be for yourself such as always watching Elf as the first holiday film, watching all the new Hallmark movies, and so on. My family went through years of watching all the Harry Potter films during the holiday break and so even if we don’t do it it still feels like tradition for us!
You could make your own ornaments, cards, garland out of popcorn, decorate stockings, the possibilities are endless! Get your creative Santa hats on, put out a ton of craft supplies, and go crazy with the hot glue! Also in this category could be letters to Santa for kiddos. You can even make it a contest and have everyone vote on a winner to pick the next movie, activity, get an extra gift, or something else equally fun!
I have a few ideas beyond the usual baking cookies or gingerbread houses for this one! One idea is making a hot cocoa bar with all the fun things to add out so everyone can “build their own”. This could be fun for a movie day! Also, I remember when I was in grade school (I want to say around second grade) we made “reindeer food” so that Santa’s reindeer could snack while he was leaving the gifts inside and getting milk and cookies. That would be fun for any kids! I remember that year my family went to my aunt and uncle’s house for the Christmas party and my parents disappeared for a bit. Later I found out they had gone back home to put the gifts under the tree from “Santa” and they remembered to scatter around the reindeer food so it’d look like the reindeer did come by!
Of course, the holidays is about giving as much as receiving. I’ve heard of people taking their families to volunteer in soup kitchens, “adopting” a family to get gifts for, donating old toys/clothes, and then doing more generic gift donations such as Toys for Tots. I myself have done volunteer days at places like Feed My Starving Children, I’ve donated gifts for Toys for Tots and local organizations similar to that, sung carols and decorated cookies at nursing homes, all mostly for school but some through work as well. I’ve also done things like donate money if I don’t have time or haven’t made time to volunteer as well. It just depends but I like the idea of giving back a lot!
Out of the home
For me, I love to do home based stuff but there’s a ton more to do outside the home (beyond volunteering) to do! I try to go to the Christmas market in Chicago every year and that’s a fun tradition to go downtown and get a mug. I know some people will get in their car and go see Christmas lights. There’s a place in a town near me where you can pay to go around an area decorated with lights for the season from inside your car, a house that asks for donations to get the radio station their lights are coordinated to, and just driving around to see the lights in general. Personally I think this sounds boring but who I am to judge if we’re being honest.
So those are some holiday tradition ideas for you! Let me know what you do in the comments since I’m really curious!
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