7 Holiday Traditions To Start Now

Now is the time to make memories as a family (and they’re fun for you too). 📷 @jillkargman

holiday-traditions-2Nothing says December quite like quality time with your family. To wit: 7 seasonal holiday traditions to start with your people. Because memories.

Christmas Light Drive

Pile the fam in the mini-van (as if) to scope the neighborhood for the best holiday lights, while listening to Christmas music, of course.

Hot Cider + Cookie Decorating

Heat up some apple cider (spiked for the adults) and bake and decorate cookies, while listening to holiday tunes. Make memories from the dance party sure to ensue, thanks to the sugar (and possibly bourbon) high!

Kid-Friendly Menorah + Hanukkah Books + DIY Dreidl

Oh, Hanukkah, oh, Hanukkah come light the kid-friendly menorah. Until your littles are old enough to play with fire, designate this wooden menorah their candle holder of choice. Teach them what it all means with fun books they can understand like Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah, Hanukkah Bear, and Hoppy Hanukkah. Then get crafty and decorate your own dreidl.

Festive Movie + Snacks

Choose a holiday classic (The Sound of Music, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas), pop popcorn, make some hot cocoa, and you’ve got yourself a tradition.

A Personalized Video Message from Santa + Reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas

Nothing says, “Ho, ho, ho” like an actual personalized video greeting from the man himself. Bring the message full circle with a reading of The Night Before Christmas.

Adopt A Family In Need + Have A Wrap Party

Tis the season for helping others – an important lesson for littles to learn. The best way to teach them is by doing, so adopt a family in need and spend an evening together wrapping gifts for your adopted family. In NY, we love NY Cares Winter Wishes, but a quick search will find one in your area.

The Fifth Night

Eight nights of gifts is a lot of loot. We love the concept of turning the fifth night into an evening all about giving back. Pick out gifts with your kids and take them to the local charity of your choosing. We like JChoice for finding one.

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