10 Fun Family Holiday Traditions to Start this Year

December 17, 2018

When it comes to the holiday season, unique family traditions are what everyone remembers year after year. It can be difficult to find the right holiday traditions to fit your family’s personality or dynamic. Whether you’re just starting your family or simply looking for new rituals to incorporate, these memorable Christmas traditions are sure to become family favorites.

1. Bring Out The Competitive Sides

Nothing gets family bonding going like a game of Christmas charades or Pictionary®. Whether you create the clues yourself or you pick up a store-bought version, plenty of memories and laughs will be had with this easy tradition!

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2. Decorate as a Family

Crank up the holiday music, pour some egg nog, and start decorating as a family. Pick a fireplace mantel theme or let the holiday spirit take over with this creative tradition.

3. Embrace The Snow

If you live in a region that experiences white Christmases every year, enjoy some family sledding, ice skating, or snowman-building competition! As a Minnesota company, we know the cold isn’t always appealing. But it’s a great change of pace to get out and enjoy some fresh air.

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4. Switch Up Gift Giving

Our holiday gift guide brings some unique ideas for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. But if you’re needing to mix it up, start a handmade exchange. Set a rule that all gifts must be homemade. This creative idea has a way of taking the stress out of gift-giving and adding more meaning and love back into the holiday!

5. Make Baking Memories

Baking is a memorable holiday tradition around the world – from the mess of mixing to the laughs during decorating. Bring back the classic gingerbread house tradition. If you’re a Christmas-celebrating family, redirect the focus back to Jesus with a good ol’ birthday cake every year.

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6. Christmas Movie Night

Matching family pajamas are becoming a must-have this season. Might as well make an event of it! Start the fireplace, grab some snacks, and turn on a family favorite. As your family is enjoying the flick in their comfy matching PJs, make sure to take advantage of this perfect photo op!

7. Burst Out In Song

The art of karaoke is alive and well! For a more peaceful family tradition: find some candles, turn off the lights, and enjoy the glow of the flames as you sing some traditional holiday tunes together. Feeling extra bold? Spread the Christmas cheer with caroling!

8. Family Scavenger Hunt

This holiday tradition is best for large families! Create a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood or even the entire town. Incorporate clues that are specific to your family or city and the holidays.

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9. Stay Comfy and Cozy

Start up your gas fire pit table and roast some marshmallows for a fun holiday s’mores party! Add in some crushed candy canes or a sprinkle of holiday spices to your s’mores. Try using gingerbread or sugar cookies instead of graham crackers. With all the candy and sweets around this time of year, you’re sure to find a unique chocolate bar or other innovative ingredient for your holiday s’mores recipe.

10. Admire the Lights

Pack everyone into the car and head out to look at Christmas lights. Don’t forget the hot chocolate, too! However, please practice safe driving and caution. Our tip? Switch drivers every year so each family member still feels a part of this fun tradition.

Now that you have some fun family traditions for this year, hurry into your local retailer to get ready for your family gatherings. Our corporate office and manufacturing warehouse will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th. Please plan ahead as you’re prepping for the holidays!

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