Traditions to start with your family this Christmas

Traditions to start with your family this Christmas

Believe in the magic of the season. To make Christmas even more highly anticipated and memorable, begin these new traditions ASAP!

1. Check out your local Christmas lights.

trail of lights austin

If you live in Austin, you know what this means… Trail of Lights! Celebrating over 50 years, the Trail of Lights boasts millions of lights on fabulous display in Zilker Park. Insider tip: purchase a Zip Pass and Parking Pass to enter early and save yourself a long walking trek or bus ride.

2. Deliver a personalized message from Santa.

message from santa

Make them smile with a magical video from Santa from the Portable North Pole.

3. Make a Christmas Eve box.

christmas eve box

Give the kids a box of festive treats this Christmas Eve. Cozy PJ’s, hot cocoa, and a film to hunker down with as it grows dark the night before Christmas.

4. Let the children choose one new special ornament for the tree each year.

kids picking ornaments

Then, have them put their initials and year somewhere inconspicuous. They may be drawn to the tackiest ornament available, but remember they are building memories. If you are afraid of what they might choose, take them somewhere like Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware; pretty much everything there looks good.

5. Encourage good-will and thoughtfulness with the Kindness Elves.

kindness elves four

A more friendly version of the Elf on a Shelf. It started as an idea from The Imagination Tree blog and has developed into a huge community sharing photos and inspiration. Here are 25 ideas to get you started.

6. Donate toys to children in need.

toy donations

Collect toys that are no longer played with and donate them to a charity shop or find a local toy drive for needy kids to share them with. Find a list of needs at Austin Children’s Services. You can also do this with old shoes or outgrown clothes.

7. Create a care kit to give out to the homeless.

care kit

This could include bottled water, toothbrush and paste, a gift card to a local coffee shop, a new pair of socks, a scarf, a flannel and a note, etc.

8. Put together a craft and activity kit for sick children at the children’s hospital.

craft kit

Include a card, papers, scissors, glue, stickers, sequins, buttons, ribbon and more.

9. Camp out under the Christmas tree; relive the year’s memories.

sleepover around tree

At some point during the Christmas season, spend one night on the living room floor under the lighted tree. Listen to Christmas music and talk about your favorite memories from the previous year. This is sure to be a night your kids will look forward to all year long!

10. Learn about other cultures.

christmas night

Take your children to the library and let them each pick out a book about Christmas, or the holidays, in another country. Then, on Christmas Eve, finish up with the story of Christ’s birth.

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