How to Create Holiday Family Traditions

As the holidays approach, and you spend more time with family, you might be thinking about starting a new family tradition or two. Creating a tradition isn’t a hard thing to do, but it’s something that every family must determine for themselves. After all, your family is unique—your traditions should be too.

Maybe it’s as simple as decorating the tree together, or a family sing-a-long. Maybe it’s creating something that your kids will be able to look back on once they’ve grown up. Whatever it is, it should always be about giving your kids great memories.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when thinking about holiday traditions.

Did you have any traditions growing up?
Think back to what you experienced around the holidays with your parents when you were a child. These traditions will feel even more special when you tell your kids about your childhood.

What do you and your kids enjoy?
Traditions should be fun and memorable, not frustrating. Even if you love the 3-hour version of the Messiah, consider the attention span of young kids who can hardly finish a Disney movie. Try to find an activity that you all love.

What did you do last year?
The easiest way to start a tradition is by doing the same thing that you did the previous holiday. Maybe you baked cookies together or took a walk   after the big dinner. Be consistent with what you did as a family last year, and before you know it, you’ll have a tradition!

Do you want traditions to be easy?
As kids grow up, it gets harder to keep traditions, especially if they are away from home for the holidays. Wearing a silly hat or footie pajamas when you open your gifts is a small task, but it’s an easy tradition to keep.  If your family ends up separated for the holidays, it  will help your kids feel a connection to home .

The other great thing about traditions is that it’s never too late to start them. Tell us what traditions you plan to start this holiday!