9 Family Holiday Traditions to Start This Year

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A happy family opening Christmas gifts

It may seem hard to believe, but the most wonderful time of year is almost upon us once again. The winter holiday season comes with plenty of sparkles, the promise of gifts, and, of course, plenty of holiday traditions.

Many of us are worried that the festive period will look a little different this year. There is no denying that we will all have to make adjustments. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to cancel all of your holiday traditions—simply be a little creative.

Here at Twin Cities, we are keen to help our readers make the most of every occasion. To help, we have come up with some of the top holiday traditions to try this year. Despite the global situation, there is absolutely no need to cancel Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate!

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1. Get Creative with Advent Calendars

A child havign fun with an advent calendar as a family holiday tradition

Advent calendars have long been one of the most popular holiday traditions. It is easy to see why—a gift every day for 24 days! This year, however, why not try a twist on the traditional calendar?

Rather than chocolate, how about crafting your very own advent calendars as a family? These can be as simple or as complex as you like; maybe you take 24 envelopes or go all out and create your own boxes. You can fill the spaces with toys and treats. Alternatively, fill with non-material treats such as a baking date, trip to the zoo, or even just one-on-one time.

2. Enjoy the Holiday Lights!

a family holiday tradition of looking at Christmas lights

Covid-19 has unfortunately meant that many of the typical concerts, markets, and activities are canceled for 2020. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t get into the holiday spirit! Many of your neighbors are still likely to adorn their homes with lights, and this can introduce a new tradition.

As the light fades on Christmas Eve, it is time to hit the streets and enjoy the lights! You could even create a scavenger hunt of items for your family to spot—who will be the first to spot a reindeer?

3. Include The Family

A grandma a granddaughter video calling their family during the holidays

Seeing your extended family may not be possible this year, but why not start a new tradition? Arrange for gifts to be exchanged ahead of time, and pick one to open on Christmas Eve. Then, make the most of the power of technology to video call your nearest and dearest as you unwrap your gifts. This meeting will allow you to thank the family member in person and spend time together before the big day.

This ritual can be a great way to connect with friends and family on Christmas Eve. Even better, it allows the festive feeling to build up and stretch across multiple days!

4. Embrace the Power of Books

happy smiling family on Christmas holiday reading book

Books make wonderful gifts, and our busy, tech-centered lives often leave too little time for reading. Make one of your holiday traditions a bid to change this, and have everyone exchange a book on Christmas Eve. 

Once swapped, it is time to snuggle up with hot chocolate and get lost in a story! This opportunity is also perfect for getting kids to wind down on an exciting evening and make sure everyone is ready for rest.

5. Don’t Forget To Give

a child holding a felt heart in their hands in front of holiday decorations

While it is always fun to receive gifts, we should remember that the holiday season is also about giving. Do some research in your local area, and see if there are any causes you could help out with this year. Now, more than ever, we need to be kind to others.

Perhaps you could donate to the local food bank, visit a shelter, or even sponsor a family. Giving a hand to others helps make sure everyone has something to look forward to this holiday season. Not only does this help out your neighbors, but it is a great way to teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas.

6. Let’s Get Baking

happy children baking for the holidays

Baking is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family and is great for getting in the festive spirit. Why not go all out with a homemade gingerbread house, or bake some Christmas cookies? Don’t forget to go wild with the decoration—the more sparkles, icing, and extra bits, the better!

7. Take Time With The Tree

a smiling mother and daughter decorating a Christmas tree

Dressing the Christmas tree is one of those holiday traditions most of us remember from our own childhoods. It is a perfect time to get creative, feel festive, and enjoy the season. Take a chance to make this a personal family experience by adding your own rituals.

Family baubles can be a great addition to your routine. As a family, you purchase a new decoration or bauble each year, perhaps from a vacation or special outing. Alternatively, you could get creative and have everyone make their own contribution. Decorating the tree together is a great opportunity to bond and build and traditions exclusive to your family.

8. Pick A Christmas Movie

A family watching a Christmas movie together as a family holiday tradition

With so many festive flicks to choose from, narrowing it down to just one can be tricky. Settle on something enjoyed by every family member and make a simple watching into an occasion. Switch on the lights, settle everyone into festive PJ’s, grab some yummy treats, and snuggle into an amazing Christmas movie. This tradition is sure to become a favorite routine to be enjoyed year after year!

9. Don’t Forget Breakfast

Santa pancakes as a Christmas breakfast holiday family tradition

We all know how important Christmas dinner is, but why not set off your own holiday traditions on Christmas morning? This is a day for celebration, fun, and indulgence, so take the time to plan the perfect Christmas breakfast. From pancakes to porridge, blueberry muffins to eggs benedict, the choice really is yours.

This can also be a great chance for the whole family to get involved. Teach your kids how to enjoy their favorite recipes, and encourage everyone to try out new toppings and combinations.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry as a Holiday Tradition

A family enjoying the holiday season together

Christmas may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t have to mean that all is lost. The Twin Cities Kids Club team is determined to help you make the most of every moment, no matter the obstacles. Join us today, and prepare to celebrate!

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