I can’t believe that time of the year is quickly approaching again, but it’s time to start thinking about those favorite family holiday traditions and seeing to it that they happen this year. Behold, my favorites, just as we head into the holidays.
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Favorite Family Holiday Traditions
Even though I’m 25 years old, I still remember how awesome I thought the holidays were as a child. I remember having favorite family holiday traditions. In fact, I still try to carry some of those out even now. Granted, some of these I don’t, but I remember looking forward to each of them with an eagerness not experienced any other time of the year.
- Looking at Christmas lights. My dad started this tradition by driving us around town on Christmas Eve or night and we simply looked at lights. I still absolutely LOVE looking at Christmas lights to this day. I think I have my dad to thank for that this tradition. It eventually evolved to us going to different locations, just to see their Christmas displays.
- Making a wish list. I remember how much fun I had perusing a store’s catalog and making my Christmas wish list for Santa. I would include all kinds of toys on my list, in hopes that I would have something fun to play with on Christmas. Now, I make a list just to tell my family what I would like, but it’s still a bit of a tradition to think of things I want and look forward to the surprise of opening the gifts on Christmas.
- Baking cookies. My mom used to bake cookies every Christmas eve. In fact, I adapted her recipe and shared the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies recipe a few years back, which is very similar to what we used to bake. I still adore baking something sweet, especially during the holiday season.
- Leaving cookies for Santa. I remember leaving some cookies and a cup of soda for Santa as a child on a red plate. Once again, my dad took this to a whole new level by leaving me a certain candy on the plate. Sadly, they have quit making that candy or else I’d still be enjoying it.
- Eating. I still look forward to getting together with my dad’s side of the family and enjoying some family home cooked meals. I swear, no one else can cook like my dad’s family. To “outsiders” we are a casserole family because we have a casserole for practically everything. Haha! Nonetheless, my mouth salivates just thinking about eating it again next week.
- Opening gifts as a family. I really enjoy getting gifts for other people and seeing their reactions when they open them. It’s kind of like a fun challenge to find the perfect gift for someone and I love it when I nail it.
I think it’s important for everyone, especially children, to have favorite family holiday traditions because it provides them with a routine. This routine allows them to know what to expect in life and gives them stability. I’m not saying that you can’t create new traditions by replacing old ones, but it’s certainly good to give children (and even adults) something to look forward to. It just so happens that children tend to experience much more joy with the holidays than most adults. Additionally, when a child has happy memories of their childhood, they are more likely to attempt to provide the same thing for their offspring or even strangers as an adult. So, really providing fun traditions for children is like providing a great holiday season to future generations too.
So, what your favorite family holiday traditions?