Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight! As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ve been thinking about some of our favorite holiday traditions. Even though most of them are quite simple, our family has come to expect them year after year. I’m sure you and your family have a bunch as well. So today, I’m sharing some of our simple holiday traditions along with ideas for new traditions that might be fun to start!
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Ideas for Simple Holiday Traditions:
Hopefully some of our favorites will inspire you!
Tried and True Family Recipes:
Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, our family comes to expect certain recipes. One of them is Aunt Lillian’s “Famous” Cornbread.
It’s not a holiday unless someone makes this one! And it’s not Thanksgiving unless we are hosting!! Besides 2020, I think we’ve hosted for about 22 years straight…definitely a tradition for us!
Baking Christmas Cookies:
If you’re family is like ours, one of your favorite holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies! One year, we even tried those cute Reindeer Cookies that we kept seeing all over Pinterest!
For years, I attended various cooking exchange parties in our neighborhood. Each time, I remember coming home with a huge container of cookies that my boys would tear into. That’s one tradition we need to get back to again once the world gets back to normal…
Gingerbread House Decorating Day:
When my boys were little, my mom would invite them over for a day of decorating gingerbread houses. Sure, the boys probably ate more than they decorated…but they all had a blast!
If you love gingerbread houses, see if there is a gingerbread competition/display in your area. We’ve attended the Peddler’s Village Gingerbread Display a few times and the entries are just amazing! Years ago, I shared some photos from one of our visits, if you’d like a peek!
Christmas Tree Shopping Day:
Each year, it’s a holiday tradition for our family to go Christmas tree shopping together. Basically, we head to a tree lot, agonize over the perfect Christmas tree, lug it home, set it up in the living room…and then decorate! Though that doesn’t sound too exciting, it’s a tradition that we’ve taken part in every single year. I’ll admit, it was much more fun when the boys were young and Christmas was very magical. Still, it’s a family tradition and though they might complain a little now, I think they enjoy the simple family time!
Of course, I like to reminisce about when they were little and our tree shopping day was more exciting for them!
Besides, buying a “real” Christmas tree, it has become a tradition to also decorate one or two artificial trees in our home. Last year, I added a tree to our dining room.
To coordinate with our navy blue walls, I decorated that tree with red and blue. This year, I’ll be doing a variation of that with some classic blue and white decorations.
Buying Special Christmas Ornaments:
In addition to choosing our Christmas tree together, we buy special ornaments for each other every year. Usually, we buy something that is meaningful to them – a memory from a trip, a particular sport, etc. Did anyone else buy this ornament last year?…
Ugh, some years are not worth revisiting! Maybe we’ll hide this ornament in the back of the tree this Christmas!
Driving Around to See Christmas Lights:
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we love driving around to see all the pretty lights. Even though me kids are teens now, I think they still enjoy this simple holiday tradition…or at least pretend to for my sake!
Christmas Traditions That Don’t Go As Planned:
Of course, we have some family holiday traditions that I’m not too thrilled about… For instance, every single year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, I ask my husband to put up the outdoor lights. And every single year, he insists that we “never put them out that early”…so he waits. Then suddenly, the weather turns bitterly cold. It becomes a holiday tradition that he ends up dragging all the lights out there on a cold blustery day. When will he learn?…
Shopping Ideas with Holiday Traditions in Mind:
Even though this Christmas traditions book was written for kids, I think any age would enjoy it!
In keeping with that theme, here is another book which explains the stories behind the Christmas traditions…
Start an advent tradition…and who wouldn’t love this adorable house advent calendar?!!
If you haven’t started collecting Christmas china yet, these Christmas dishes are a classic choice!
And for even more simple holiday traditions, here are some finds from around the internet:
- For a great list of Christmas traditions here are 36 ideas!
- If your kids are still little, you might want to consider this simple Christmas gift tradition!
- Start a tradition of visiting New York City during the holidays!
- Sit back and enjoy reading these lovely memories of a Christmas past.
- If you don’t want to buy an advent calendar, here is a cute way to make your own!
- For a traditional holiday drink, this eggnog recipe looks delicious!
Hopefully, some of these ideas will inspire you to start some new holiday traditions with your family!
- And in case you missed the last Saturday Spotlight, here’s that blog post – Decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas (How to Make Everyone Happy).
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