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When you have kids, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning. You see the world through your kid’s eyes and remember the magic of Christmas from your childhood. You remember all the things you loved (and didn’t) about your Christmases when you were a child. Most of all, you remembered the traditions of Christmas. You remember drinking the hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve. You remember your Dad chopping down the Christmas tree.

You can create these memories with your children. You can use some of the traditions you and your husband had as children and/or create your own.

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This post is post #6 in a 7-part series called Ditching the Holiday Overwhelm. Here are the other post in the series:

Post 1: How to Drop Your Holiday Stress in the Dust

Post 2: How to Kiss the Holiday Blues Goodbye with 14 Simple Tips

Post 3: How to Create Simple Holiday Routines You Can Actually Stick To

Post 4: How to Not Get Overtaken by Toys During the Holidays

Post 5: How to Be Productive During the Holidays

Post 7: How to Maintain Your Sanity During the Holidays

Use this list for ideas for starting new holiday traditions for your family. Use one or use them all. Get your family involved in picking out the ones ya’ll want to do.


15 holiday tradition ideas for your family:


1. Write a letter to Santa

Writing a letter to Santa is something every child loves doing. They love thinking they're writing to Santa and he's reading their letters and working on their Christmas gifts. Did you know you could mail a letter to Santa and get a reply?? Yep, get all the details HERE. You send in all of the postage and letters and they will do the work for you. It will be postmarked from the North Pole.


2. Watch a Christmas movie 

Watching a Christmas movie with homemade popcorn is the best!! You can do it whenever you have time or every Christmas Eve. Here are some of the top Christmas movies for kids:

  1. Home Alone
  2. Elf
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. Polar Express
  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  6. Jack Frost
  7. Frosty the Snowman
  8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  10. Mickey Mouse’s Magical Christmas
  11. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  12. Olivia: Merry Christmas, Olivia

3. Get matching PJs

Get matching pajamas. They make for great pictures on Christmas mornings!! You can wrap up a movie night box with pajamas, movies, popcorn, and snacks for your kids to open on Christmas Eve, and then they'll have cute pajamas in the morning Christmas pictures. 


4. Do a random act of kindness

There are so many ideas for random acts of kindness for Christmas. An act of kindness goes a long way and makes someone’s day. Here are some quick ideas:

  • Pay for an order for the person behind you in the drive-thru line.
  • Take flowers to a hospital or nursing home.
  • Take lunch, cookies, or cupcakes to the local fire station or a police station.
  • Donate to Toys for Tots.
  • Leave extra change in a parking meter.
  • Leave extra change in a vending machine.
  • Donate to a local food bank.


5. Cut down a Christmas tree

Having your children involved in picking out your own Christmas tree, cutting it down, and decorating is so wonderful. Who cares if the ornaments are all only 3 feet off the ground? Lol.  They love helping and feeling like they have a hand in the decision.


6. Take a picture with Santa

Who doesn’t have an annual picture with Santa? Kids love Santa and love getting to tell him what they want for Christmas.


7. Attend a tree lighting ceremony

Attend your local tree lighting ceremony. Your kids love it and the best part is it’s free!

8. Take a family photo

You can take professional pictures or just take pictures with your phone at the tree farm or in front of the decorated Christmas tree. There are so many great filters to make photos look professional these days!


9. Eat s’mores around a bonfire

Who doesn’t love s’mores and a bonfire, right?


10. Make a gingerbread house with your family

Making a gingerbread house can get messy and that's part of the fun. Your children will love decorating their own gingerbread house and eating the candy along the way. 


11. Make Christmas cookies

Children love baking. You can get complicated and create your own homemade cookies, buy a Christmas cookie kit, or just cook premade sugar cookies and decorate them.

12. Buy an annual family ornament

I love buying an annual family Christmas ornament. You can get them from Etsy, Amazon, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby.


13. Decorate a Christmas tree

Your children will love decorating your Christmas picture. Just put on the Christmas music, drink hot chocolate, eat popcorn, or whatever else you want and have fun.


14. Visit a live Nativity

A live Nativity is a perfect way to show your children the story behind Christmas and why we celebrate it.

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15. Read a Christmas story

Here are some of the top Christmas stories for kids:

  1. The Christmas Story
  2. The Night Before Christmas
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. Blippi: It's Christmastime!
  5. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  6. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
  7. The Littlest Reindeer (Littlest Series)
  8. Polar Express 30th anniversary edition
  9. A Silly Milly Christmas (The Silly Milly the Dane Collection)
  10. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
  11. The Crayons' Christmas
  12. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (A Golden Look-Look Book)
  13. Merry Christmas, Woody
  14. Little Blue Truck's Christmas
  15. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  16. Never Let A Unicorn Meet A Reindeer!


You can create new traditions with your children that the whole family will love. You can drop the stress of Christmas and learn to love and enjoy Christmas again. It’s totally possible. This list & more items for your Christmas bucket list are located in the free 2020 Holiday Planner


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