Holiday Traditions To Start With Your Kids
I am SO excited for my sons first Christmas!! In the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to write a post about different holiday traditions to start with your kids. My baby is only 5 months old and I’m starting already! I can’t wait until he’s older and gets so excited over them like I did when I was a kid. I had the usual traditions; advent calendar, tree decorating, Christmas village, one present on Christmas Eve. But for my son, I’m getting a little more creative.
Christmas Eve Box
I love this idea! It’s a box that they get to open on Christmas eve (his one present that he gets to open onChristmass eve each year) that is filled with all sorts of fun things for Christmas eve night. I also included the grandparents, having them add whatever they wanted to. My son is still very young so his Christmas eve box this year includes: “My First Christmas Eve” Pjs (sooo cute), a Dr. Brown bottle that has santa on it, two christmas movies, and a rudolph stuffed toy. As he gets older I will probably add in movie popcorn, hot chocolate, things like that.
A Book for Every Day
My son is obviously too young for chocolate, but I wanted an advent idea to countdown the days until Christmas. So I found this idea of getting 24 books– one for every day until Christmas. I loved that idea. It will also help build up his book collection. 24 books gets expensive though, so I shopped at children’s consignment stores where I found books in good condition for only $1. Also, iI found a local “1$ Book Warehouse” where all the books are a dollar and for every 10 books you buy, you get one free. I spent $22 on these books.
An Activity Every day
I probably won’t start this one now, but maybe next year when he can do more things. I love this idea anyway. Make a calendar and plan a holiday-related activity every day for the month of December until Christmas.
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It includes making reindeer food, writing letters to Santa, Christmas bingo, and other really fun activities that the kids will love. I can’t wait to be able to do stuff like that with the little man!
A classic tradition that is still so much fun. Get creative! When they are little do hand prints and finger paints. Then when they are older, get the glue and glitter out! I can’t wait to make my son his birth ornament. I still have mine. Name, birthday, weight and time of birth.
Holiday Mail for Heros
My son will definitely be doing this when he is older. The Red Cross has a program where children can make Christmas cards for military members, veterans, and their family members. For more information —> Click Here
I started this one last year after I met my husband. My mom always made lots and lots of cookies but my husbands family did it a little different for the kids. My mother in law makes a TON of holiday-shaped sugar cookies everyone gets together and the kids decorate them. Lets face it, decorating is the fun part. I decorated a few myself last year… and ate them (since I was pregnant and all).
Candy Cane Hunt
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Speaking of hunting, older kids would love a scavenger hunt with Christmas related hints! Make your own or click here for an article that gives you printable clues and instructions on where to leave the clues.
Building and Decorating Gingerbread Houses
We are starting this one this year with the kids on my husbands side. Our son is a little young but I’m sure he will enjoy it next year. My mother in law is making a big gingerbread house for all the kids to decorate. I remember doing that when I was younger as well, another classic!
The holidays are full of fun times! I can’t wait to start making memories with my family. It was always my favorite part of the year and I’m hoping it will be my sons as well.
What holiday traditions are you planning on doing? Comment below!!
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