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.
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