.With just two weeks until the Christmas, you're either bopping along to Christmas tunes or you're tapping into your scrooge-like tendencies. Whether or not this is your favorite time of year, Christmas stirs up many emotions and memories for most people.
What are your christmas traditions? Maybe you look back on past holidays without the fondest of memories. Maybe you want to continue to recreate certain traditions for many years to come. Either way, we think you will like this list we've compiled of Christmas traditions that you may love already or would love to begin with your loved ones.
1. Ice Skating
You may be blessed to live somewhere with an outdoor rink or body of water. You may be blessed to live somewhere warm outside with a perfectly cooled indoor rink. Most cities have options when it comes to ice skating around the holiday. We love the tradition of taking a break from presents and cookies to take a hand-in-hand skate around the rink on Christmas Day.
2. Christmas Lights
Remember that feeling you got as a kid when your parents would drive you down that ONE street that was just decked to the Christmas max? So do we, and we think you can still feel that today! You can decorate your own home with lights or find a grand presentation in your area.
What better excuse to pull out all the stops (and eat them) than the holidays? Find a favorite or nostalgic recipe, host a cookie swap, or bake treats for a local retirement or children's home. One day, that recipe you have written on a scrap of paper and pinned to your refrigerator could be the heirloom passed down and talked about for generations.
Christmas is a time of year when a lot of people reflect on their blessings and look for a way to give back. This is a great opportunity to begin a tradition in your family or circle of friends. Host a gathering for all attendees to bring donations for a local charity, take your kids shopping for the less fortunate instead of themselves, donate your time to deliver meals, decorate, or just sit with someone who has no family with whom to spend the holidays. A little gesture can go a long way (but trust us- you probably won't want to stop at a little gesture!)
5. Christmas Movies
The good, the bad, and the hokey...we get it! Some are staples during December and some are just plain awful. You could plan one night a week for all of December to watch a randomly-chosen Christmas movie, or everyone in your family could pick their favorite to watch for one night. The possibilities are endless and while some may grumble, they will remember the tradition fondly.
Advent is the countdown to Christmas and there are many ways to commemorate. Many stores sell chocolate advent calendars (yummy!) but you could also make you own creative advent calendars. There are also many schedules for things to do each day of advent, which leads us to...
7. Read the Christmas Story
If you celebrate Christmas, then you probably at least have a general understanding of the meaning and origin of the holiday. Why not make it a tradition to follow a Christmas reading plan the days leading up to Christmas? You can find some good ones here.
8. Play all the best Christmas Tunes
It's only appropriate we wrap up this list with one of our favorite things all year long! Whatever you make your tradition, if it's wrapped with music, it will be a tradition that will stand the test of time. Get creative or stay classic- the possibilities are endless and don't have to be complicated. Maybe you go caroling, rewrite the lyrics to a few classics, perform a family concert, or play only Christmas music for a certain amount of time before Christmas day.
Whatever your Christmas traditions are, make them memorable and make them yours. Hopefully this list will get your wheels turning on things you can begin doing this holiday season or help you realize that you already have some traditions that are special to you and your family!
We want to hear from you... what Christmas traditions do you look forward to every year? What traditions do you hope to start?
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