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Around this time of the year
My favorite time of the year is around November and December. I love the feeling of the holidays sprinkled throughout the city. The twinkling lights and the sparkling decorations give me the tingles on the inside.
Around this time of the year, I’m reminded of holiday traditions. Growing up, my family didn’t have many holiday traditions. We had the Christmas tree set up and gift giving, and that was it. Suffice it to say, it was not to the extent of what was shown on TV and movies.
A few years ago, I discovered Hallmark holiday movies. That’s when I started my own personal tradition. A few days after Thanksgiving, I’ll cozy up in front of the TV with a blanket and a pint of ice cream and watch Hallmark movies. Sure, they have cheesy plotlines that usually involve angels or people coming back for their loved ones as ghosts, but they are everything I wish the holidays to be! Cozy + Toasty = Coasty! Watching those Hallmark movies always puts me in a
What are holiday traditions?
Holiday traditions are passed down by family members or the community. Traditions give structure to those holidays so you know what you can expect at each holiday. It’s fun having holiday traditions because it brings the family together and makes memories to look back on warmly.
According to the University of Illinois Extension, “Keeping traditions for the holidays as well as the ordinary days help teach children the things their family values. These traditions help fill the individual’s need to belong. Being a part of the special things our family does, helps us to have that sense of belonging.” I couldn’t agree more.
How to start your holiday traditions?
Starting your own holiday traditions is easy. Just you figure out what you want to do, inform your significant other or family members about it and do it. Try it out one year and see if you and your family liked it. If it’s a hit, then keep it. If not, then toss it.
Creating our own tradition
This is my husband and I’s first major holidays together as newlyweds. As a result, we’ve decided to stay in Los Angeles and celebrate the holidays instead of visiting families.
My husband said, “It would be great to start our own traditions.” As he said those words, my mind raced to all the things we could do! There are some classic traditions I would like to keep and others that I want us to create on our own. As I researched traditions, I couldn’t help but share it with others who might be interested in starting their own traditions.
Here are ideas in creating memorable holiday traditions with your signification other:
Thanksgiving/Black Friday traditions
- Create your own recipe or innovate a classic recipe with a twist
- Decorate a thankfulness or gratitude wall
- Handwrite 12 love notes to each other and hide them. You have to find all of them before dinner.
- Volunteer to give back to the community
- Go for a hike or run/walk a 5k or 10k at your nearest Turkey Trot event
- Play board games while the turkey is cooking
- Pick up a Christmas tree and decorate it together
- Send a quick email, text or call a few people and tell them how they’ve impacted you
- Make s’mores and play card games. Here are s’more maker and fondue forks.
- Set up a hot cocoa bar with toppings you both love. Here’s Love from the Oven’s list to get you started – Setting up an Easy Hot Cocoa Bar.
Christmas Eve/Day traditions
- Go ice skating
- Have a chocolate fondue with fruits
- Set up photobooth area with Christmas props
- Wear matching pajamas and take a photo at the photo booth
- Create your own ornaments. Here are a few kits – wooden ornament kit and ornament ball kit.
- Create advent calendar for your each other by using wooden advent calendar. Here’s from Byers and another one from Clever Creations.
- Drive down Candy Cane
laneand see all the festive decorations
- Start a breakfast tradition
- Do a random act of kindness to a neighbor or stranger
- Bake a pie, cake or cookies together
New Year’s Eve traditions
- Write down your favorite memory from this year in a mason jar and read them to each other on New Year’s Eve
- Create three goals to do by the end of next year
- Donate clothes or items you don’t need any more
- Create an end of the year scrapbook with all your favorite photos taken this year
- Wear a matching outfit or a festive outfit even if you’re staying in
- Write down all the bad things that happened this year on a piece of paper and burn or shred it
- Wear colorful underwear. In lots of countries, this brings in good luck.
- Watch a movie marathon until the ball drops at midnight
- Create a traditional New Year’s Eve dinner or drink
- Stay at a hotel or Airbnb and bring some games and snacks
Starting your own tradition is about creating memories to pass down for generations to come. At the end of the day, the traditions you create should be fun while creating a bond between you and
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