Family & Education

Simple Christmas Traditions to Share With Your Family

Set aside some time this holiday season to cultivate the Christmas spirit with these timeless family activities
BY Barbara Danza TIMENovember 2, 2022 PRINT

Christmas will be here before we know it. If you ask me, the best way to celebrate the spirit of this peaceful and beautiful season is to share simple traditions with your family. Here are a few ideas to inspire your holiday plans.

Seasonal Music

Be sure to have your favorite Christmas playlist ready to go. As soon as those Thanksgiving leftovers are packed away, it’s time to “fa-la-la-la-la.” The messages of so many of the familiar holiday favorites are truly beautiful and make the perfect soundtrack to each day until the end of the year.

Family Decorating

Make decorating your home a family affair. It’s such a delight to reminisce as each Christmas ornament is taken out of its box and carefully hung on the tree or as familiar objects that have been passed down are carefully displayed around the home. Allow even young children to get creative when it comes to decorating. Decorating shouldn’t be a chore but a celebratory activity you look forward to each year.

Essential Scents

Family traditions create lifelong memories. One way to trigger happy memories is through the careful use of scents. Choose Christmas candles or oils to infuse the smells of the season throughout your home.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas calls for cookies. Make baking and sharing your favorites into an activity that the entire family takes part in. Share recipes your family has loved for generations. Decorate cookie tins, with which you can share your creations with family and friends. Your children will learn life skills, the value of generosity, and the delight of family time together.

Holiday Fun

Head out to take your family’s Christmas picture. Go visit Santa Claus. Pack up the hot chocolate, and ride around town admiring the Christmas lights. Enjoy Christmas movies on the couch. Don those matching Christmas pajamas. Do all of the Christmassy things that make the season come to life for your family.

Special Gatherings

The past few years have wreaked havoc on people’s ability and willingness to gather. Send those invitations, pay visits, and hug your loved ones. Gather together and spread holiday cheer to those you cherish most.

Selfless Giving

In addition to the presents that you’ll no doubt give to family and friends, inspire your family to give of themselves in some way. Perhaps you donate your time or money to a cause you deem important, or perhaps you embark on random acts of kindness throughout your community. Perhaps you seek out a family in need to improve their Christmas in whatever way you can. Christmas is about love and generosity—two wonderful ideals to instill in your children and share with the world around you.

Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.
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