Holidays over 3 years ago by Liz Adams

New Holiday Traditions to Start With Your Family

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One of my struggles since having my own kids and family is trying to decide when we start to create our own family traditions around the holidays. To be honest, I still think of myself as a little girl with my parents and siblings on Christmas morning! Although the holidays will always be surrounded with family I think it is important to start creating memories within your own family footprint. This is the first year where Charlie really understands the excitement of Christmas. We started Elf on the Shelf this year (mostly to help tame is wild side and say “the elf is watching!”) and I find him trying to whisper things in his ear like, “Can you tell Santa I want a garbage truck?” It is so cute. 

I decided to ask the ladies in our private Hello Adams Family FB group (have you joined? it’s the best!) about their own holiday traditions in hopes that it inspired some new ones for our own family. I thought it would be fun to share them with you!

Fun Holiday Traditions to Start With Your Family

Opening new matching Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve

Random acts of kindness Advent Calendar for the month of December *love this idea!

Bake cookies for neighbors and firefighters

Read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve

New Christmas ornament each year for your kids (write the date on the back) so they can create their own collection

Watching It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve *this has been our family tradition for as long as I can remember

Finding the German Pickle Ornament, whoever finds it in the tree gets a special gift! *so many of you do this! 

A book for your kids with a note about their year

Sitting on the stairs on Christmas morning until your parents tell you Santa came and you can come down *we did this when I was little, too!

Homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning

Movies and bowling on Christmas Day

Visiting a local cemetery and toasting to those we have lost with mimosas and family! *I teared up reading this one, so special

Christmas Eve mass before dinner *one of my personal favorites

Big homemade breakfast on Christmas morning with mimosas!

Are there any that we missed? This was so much fun and gave me so many good ideas for my own family! Can’t wait to celebrate next week!

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  1. I love this! We are trying to create some traditions with my husband’s family as a lot has changed in the past 2 years. These give me a GREAT starting off point!

  2. In Chicago, visiting the Macy’s (Marshall Fields, RIP) windows and Zoolights was always a highlight! For a couple or family with older kids, the American Blues Theater runs a really cute “live radio show” version of It’s a Wonderful Life – it’s awesome, budget-friendly, and they serve milk and cookies after the show 🙂

  3. These are great ideas! We still hunt for the pickle ornament at my mom’s house even though we are all grown!

    We also used to write the names of loved ones on small slips of paper, tuck them into pine cones and place them in the fire on Christmas Eve. It was a nice way to take a moment to remember them and feel them with us again.

  4. Since my siblings and I have gotten older, our tradition has been to have a lobster dinner & drinks on Christmas eve and then go to midnight mass! It starts as a fun night and ends so peaceful with church. It’s nice to have this time with my immediate family before the craziness of the extended group on Christmas Day!

  5. Yes! You missed one – the most important one of all. My daughters and I live in 3 separate states now as they are grown and we all three enjoying reading your blog and getting fashion tips, gift ideas and beauty secrets (especially me at 55)! One of my girls lives in Chicago so we especially love reading about local things. Although we are all grown now and do some things new and different at Christmas, we still celebrate the main thing. Jesus Christ is born! 1 John 4:9 days, “This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Celebrating the birth of Christ is the most important tradition of all. Praying for you and your family.

  6. We started this pretty young and still do it today: shopping for your siblings! It was so fun to have our parents take us shopping for a present for the other sibling and watch them open it Christmas morning. It’s sweet to see what your sibling thinks you’d like and exciting to feel so grown up doing your shopping.

  7. We always baked a cake and sang “Happy Birthday” to Baby Jesus. Now with a 2.5 year old who is obsessed with birthdays I’m so excited to continue this tradition with her.

  8. When my son was little I would get presents for kids in need and we would drop them off at our local fire station. I wanted him to understand the gift of giving and that not everyone was as lucky as he was.

  9. We always opened pajamas and a book on Christmas Eve. My grandparents gave each of us a Christmas decoration each year, always the same – my brother got nutcrackers, I got angels, my sister got Santa Clauses. My mom continued it after they passed and now my girls are starting their own collections.