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Creating Your Own Holiday Traditions

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Does your family have any unique Christmas, Kwanza, or Hanukkah traditions? This goes beyond the general day of celebrations, to unique things your family does before, during, and maybe even after your favorite holiday seasons. In my family, we had a few holiday traditions that I didn’t realize were unique until I was an adult. For example, we always opened our stockings first on Christmas morning, and could always expect to find satsuma oranges in the foot. Below are some ideas for creating your own holiday traditions.

  1. Whether you have a fairly traditional menu, or prefer to mix things up—have at least one signature dish or dessert you pass down through the generations.

  2. Identify an annual way to give back or volunteer as a family.

  3. Consider customized gift giving. I have one friend whose adult family members only exchange gag gifts for the holidays, and another who does the same for Hanukkah.

  4. Have an annual seasonal outing. This could be to drive around and see holiday lights and décor, to sing carols, or heading to an orchard or pumpkin patch.

  5. Do an annually holiday art or craft. From decorating dreidel cookies, to making handmade ornaments and decorations.

  6. Break the norm—go on a holiday vacation, do a brunch instead of a dinner, or celebrate on an off day that fits everyone’s schedule better.

  7. Make it an annual tradition to watch your favorite holiday movies, or play your favorite holiday music.

The ideas above will help you and your family to create unique and fun-filled holiday traditions. Allow them to serve as inspiration for creating, or customizing your current traditions. If you are in a new relationship, don’t forget to incorporate your new partner’s traditions with your own. Your traditions will create lasting memories, and can be passed down through the generations.

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