Family Traditions: Tips to Creating Your Own Special Holiday Memories

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

With cookie baking, present shopping, wrapping and party planning, it’s easy to get lost amid the holiday frenzy. If stressed, the feeling of anxiety can stay with you long after you’ve put the tree away. If you’re looking for a more loving and caring approach to the season, the following are family traditions to help you create your own special holiday memories.

Write a Letter to Santa

You may celebrate birthdays with presents and a special meal. But if you’re looking to incorporate more traditions into your family at the holidays, there are number of ways to deliver. Santa may be attainable via email, but spend time together crafting an actual letter to the special man in the red suit. Go to the craft store and pick themed stationary to write the actual letter. You can also decorate the piece of paper and envelope with stickers and drawings. Help your child explain their good behavior and convey their wish list. When done, seal up the document and post in the mail together. Remember, this is the busiest time of year for Santa, so you want to get your letter done early in the season.

Give Back

You can make other people’s Christmas merrier by giving back this holiday season. The US Coachways and 106.7 Lite FM are joining forces on December 19th to wrap gifts for children. You can bring joy to a child’s life by supporting the event for children at the Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital by helping to deliver over 2,000 gifts on Christmas morning. You can make this a memorable tradition by inviting friends, family and co-workers. Scheduling a US Coachways or holiday event is fast and easy when you secure safe transportation for everyone. A mini bus gets everyone there safely and leaves the driving in the hands of the professionals. This allows you to focus on building special memories for children hospitalized during the holidays.

Start a Secret Santa for Others

If your gift list is bulging at the seams, ask your family members if they would like to start a new tradition. Instead of picking names to see who is purchasing for whom, buy a gift for a charity. Do some research ahead of time to find an organization that is legitimate and holds special meaning. Ask the organizer for suggestions on what items may be needed most such as food, clothing, toiletries and pet essentials.

Count Down the Days

The days leading up to Christmas can be exciting, especially for children. To help you count down the days, pick a calendar that your child can cross off the numbers. You may also craft your own holiday calendar or bulletin board using magnets. Your local retailer may also have a countdown calendar where your child can open the doors to each day and receive a special treat for their efforts.

Pick a Holiday Tree

Another great tradition to start as a family is to pick a perfect holiday tree together. If you favor the real variety, bundle up and head to a tree farm. The facility may even offer more than just a tree selection. You may also enjoy sleigh rides, hot chocolate and other family activities. If you prefer the fake variety of tree, head to your retail store and pick out a tree and decorations. Have each family member choose a special ornament each year to adorn the tree.

Drive Around to See the Holiday Lights

When you begin to notice your neighborhood glow brilliantly this holiday season, pack the family in the car for a ride. Choose a route where you can enjoy house after house of lighted displays. When you’re done with your own community, travel to other neighborhoods to see their offerings. Pack hot cider or chocolate in your child’s sippy cups for a festive flair.

Bake Holiday Cookies

Break out your favorite family cookie recipes and bake treats with your children. Although you don’t want your kids putting trays into the oven, they can mix, measure and decorate the finished products. You can even plan a cookie baking party around your baking. Invite friends and family over and ask them to bring their favorite cookie dough. If you’re short on time, the stores have ready-made cookie dough that you can roll, bake, frost and decorate.

Whatever traditions you decide upon, remember that it’s all about family. When you set your mind to having a stress-free and fun holiday, your children are sure to cherish the memories you’ve made together more than the presents you’ve wrapped and placed under the tree.