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Wellness Holiday Traditions

8 Traditions To Start With Your Family This Holiday Season

December 1, 2023 at 10:43 AM PST
Wellness Holiday Traditions

8 Traditions To Start With Your Family This Holiday Season

December 1, 2023 at 10:43 AM PST

If you’re tired of the same ol’ holiday traditions year after year, why not create a new tradition to spice things up? When it comes to starting a new holiday tradition, the world is your oyster. What’s most important is that you make it a fun and meaningful activity that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. To create brand new memories this season, here are eight holiday traditions you can start with your family.

A closeup of decorated holiday cookies
Photo credit: Jonathan Meyer 

1. Bake holiday cookies together.

If you have a sweet tooth, baking holiday cookies with loved ones can be a fantastic way to satisfy your cravings. But baking your cookies is only half the fun. You can tap into your creative side by decorating your cookies using festive ingredients like peppermint candy pieces, mini marshmallows, or silver or gold edible glitter.

2. Have a mini Christmas tree decorating competition.

What better way to create fun memories with family than with a friendly Christmas tree decorating competition? To do this, assign each family member their own mini Christmas tree. Provide lots of fun festive decor they can use to decorate their tree including colorful tinsel, sparkly ornaments, and string lights. The best-decorated tree wins a special prize (or the last slice of pie)!

3. Scout the best neighborhood lights display.

For a healthy holiday tradition, you and your loved ones can walk around the neighborhood in search of the house with the best lights display. Not only does scouting for decorated homes familiarize you with your neighborhood, but it also gives you a good reason to get up and get moving.

A group of volunteers handing out water to people in need
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4. Volunteer.

The true meaning of the holiday season is giving to others. And fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. For example, you could visit a senior home to talk to or play games with the elderly who may not have family nearby. Or, you could volunteer at a local soup kitchen to hand out hot meals to people in need. Whatever you decide, giving back to others is a meaningful way to spend the holidays because it reminds us of the importance of compassion and generosity.

5. Make a holiday wreath.

Another fun holiday tradition to start with your loved ones is creating your very own holiday wreath. There are tons of videos on TikTok, YouTube, or Instagram explaining how to do it, and you can use whatever kind of festive material to make your wreath unique. Hang it up on your front door, and there you have it — a beautiful reminder of the good times you spent with the ones who matter most.

6. Craft your own holiday ornaments.

The perfect activity for kids, creating holiday ornaments is a must for the household that just loves DIY projects. You can use whatever you like—empty glass bulbs, foam shapes, pinecones—and you can even add pictures to make it extra special. Bonus points if you use recyclable materials for an eco-friendly decorating activity!

7. Create a vision board.

Since the holiday season occurs at the end of the year, why not make way for new beginnings by creating a vision board of dreams and desires for the new year? You can cut out pictures or words from magazines or newspapers that represent your goals and aspirations. Or you could print inspiring quotes and images from social media to paste on your board as well.

Whether you create one big vision board detailing your hopes and dreams as a family or craft individual boards to share personal goals, setting clear intentions about the future together is an excellent step toward achieving them.

A closeup of hot chocolate with marshamallows
Photo credit: Taryn Elliott 

8. Make hot chocolate.

Making hot chocolate is a delicious way to stay warm during the winter, especially if you live in colder climates. You can add whatever ingredients strike your fancy, from crushed peppermint candies to raspberry jam! Top it off with a handful of marshmallows and a cinnamon stick, and you’re in for a cozy treat.



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