Do you remember the anticipation that built up when you were waiting for the holidays as a child? Much of this anticipation comes from family traditions that you looked forward to. You can create some of this anticipation in your own children by participating in some traditions of your very own. Here are some simple traditions that you can pass on to your children.
Give Them Christmas Eve Gift
Your kids are probably looking forward to opening up all of their presents. You can give them a little taste of what’s to come by giving them a Christmas Eve gift to open up. Often these are themed gifts. For example, you might give all your children a new set of pajamas or a new book. You can all wear your new pajamas that night and Christmas morning or you can spend some time reading your new books together on Christmas Eve.
Christmas crackers started out in Britain, but they’re a fun holiday activity that has spread around the world. Holiday crackers are often set at the dinner table so that diners can pull them together. Inside, there is usually a paper crown or party hat, a joke or poem, and perhaps some small plastic toys. You can find themed crackers too, if you’re looking for something specific.
Buy Gifts for Kids in Need
If you are looking for a holiday tradition that impacts others and teaches your children about charity and the spirit of the holiday, consider buying gifts for kids in need. Many charitable organizations create lists of children that are in need of gifts around the holidays. You and your children will get a lot of joy out of participating in this holiday tradition together.
If your kids like music and spreading holiday cheer with others, then you should take them caroling. You can go with just your kids or with a small group of others that want to get in on the fun as well. Even if you aren’t very good singers, you can still create a lot of memories by singing some of your favorite holiday tunes for others.
Bake Some Holiday Treats
Children of all ages tend to enjoy baking, and they especially enjoy eating their treats once they’re done. The holidays are the perfect excuse to throw on your aprons so that you can make some of your favorite holiday treats together. Even young children can help do things like pour or stir ingredients.
There are a lot of different things that you can do in order to celebrate the holidays with your children. All of the traditions mentioned above will allow you to create memories with your children during the holidays that will last for years to come.