The whole month of December is always busy for our family. Between family parties and our usual festivities, the month seems to fly by! Here are 25 Christmas traditions to help spread a little holiday cheer!
1. Have a cookie exchange party. Every guest brings their favorite holiday cookie to share with the rest of the party guests. We love these Andes Mint Cookies! If you are looking for more inspiration, check out our 20 Christmas cookie exchange ideas.
2. Go Christmas caroling. Bring along some hot chocolate and spread Christmas cheer to all your neighbors!
3. Elf on the Shelf. Each day your kids will look for Santa’s little helper and see what silly antics he has been up to. You can find an elf for your family, here.
4. Check out a local light display. Most cities have a light display in the city park or down main street! You can even stay in your car and drive through them if it is too cold outside.
5. Pick out a new ornament for each child. My son loves hanging his own special ornament on the tree every year!
6. Angel Tree. Many department stores have an angel tree where they give information about a child in need. Purchase presents for the “angel” you choose from the tree.
7. Donate food to your local food bank. Food banks are very busy this time a year and are always in need. Donate non-perishable items to your local food bank.
8. Make Christmas candy. Our Crock Pot Nut Clusters are so easy to make and make enough to supply all your neighbors with a special treat!
9. Write letters to Santa. Let each child write a letter to Santa and mail it off to the North Pole!
10. Have a gingerbread house making contest. If you want to make it a little simpler, you can use graham crackers. Read about our family graham cracker house contest, here.
11. Go to a Christmas concert. Most cities have special concerts during the holiday season, and many of them are free! Bring your family to hear the beautiful songs of the Christmas season.
12. Watch a Christmas movie. We love How the Grinch Stole Christmas and these delicious Andes Mint Grinch Cookies!
13. Make a countdown to Christmas chain. Let the kids cut strips of paper and hook them together to create a countdown chain. Take turns taking a ring off of the chain each day.
14. Make some holiday fudge. Check out our post of 50 Delicious Fudge Recipes if you need a little inspiration!
15. Have a Christmas campfire. Make a fire in the fireplace and share your favorite Christmas memories.
16. Have an ornament exchange. Each year all of the girls get together and bring an ornament to exchange. You will have quite the collection in years to come! Read more about our family’s ornament exchange, here.
17. Have a “crazy dinner”. Every year, our family would go to the store and each child got $3-$5 to spend on any food they want. We would come home and prepare all the food and eat by candlelight. Read more about our crazy dinner tradition, here.
18. Make some of our Homemade Caramels. Be sure to share with family and friends (they are very addicting)!
19. Decorate Christmas sugar cookies. We love this recipe for delicious, moist sugar cookies. Let the kids decorate the cookies with frosting and candy!
20. Bring dinner to a less fortunate family. Every Christmas Eve, our family would bring a turkey dinner to a family in need. Read more about our anonymous dinner tradition, here.
21. Visit Santa Claus. Kids love being able to visit Santa and tell them what is on their wishlist!
22. Have a Christmas talent show. Every year, our family gets together and each person shares a talent. Most of them are funny and we spend the whole year thinking about what we will do at the next talent show!
23. Christmas book advent calendar. Unwrap a book each day of the month and read it together as a family each evening. You can read about Camille’s family book advent calendar, here.
24. Have a hot chocolate bar. Make a big batch of hot chocolate and arrange lots of toppings and treats to flavor your drinks!
25. Read the Christmas Story and remember the real reason we celebrate. You can invite your children to act out the nativity.
We would love to hear any Christmas traditions you have with your family!