Whether it’s traveling around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights, making cookie baskets for friends or snuggling up together to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, the special moments that are created by Christmas traditions are what make this time of year so magical. And it’s these special moments with our family and loved ones that turn into Christmas memories we cherish for years to come.
In addition to carrying on the Christmas traditions that have been in your family for generations, it is also exciting to establish new holiday traditions. Below are some wonderful ideas for unique traditions that are sure to make this Christmas season especially bright for your family and loved ones.
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The Happy Housewife blogger shares several of her family’s traditions that revolve around the Christmas tree. Her family cuts down their own Christmas tree each year and decorates it together. But what we thought was really neat was how her family always has a big slumber party under the tree!
Country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have established several traditions with their three daughters that they all look forward to each year. First, they always put up the Christmas tree on their daughter Audrey’s birthday. Then on Christmas Eve, they all get to open one present – which is always new Christmas pajamas to wear to bed that night. Finally, they always make sure to put out food for Santa’s reindeer!
She Knows magazine lists several Christmas traditions from moms around the U.S. on their website. One mom’s story was quite heartwarming. Marcella’s family invites someone from the community that they know is in need to their home on Christmas Eve for a special meal, Christmas sweets and some holiday family fun.
Christmas presents are always the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy fun and exciting traditions. Forever Families, for example, suggests drawing names from a hat and then making each other handmade gifts. It’s always a fun surprise to see who-has-who and what they came up with as the perfect present!
Women’s Day magazine shares the story of one Fayetteville, AR, family who started a great tradition of sneakily spreading Christmas cheer throughout their whole town. In 1994, the family decided to secretly decorate a tree that they displayed in town as a special surprise for all the residents. Each year, the family continued to surprise everyone with this Christmas treat that eventually turned into a magnificent display as the tree grew from three feet to almost 30 feet in height. After the family’s children were grown, the community continued the tradition. Now each year, the tree is decorated by community members who remain a mystery!
Does your family have any unique Christmas traditions? Old or new, we would love to hear what traditions your family has for the holidays. Please leave a comment to share with us, or post it to the Hickory Farms Facebook page.