Four Popular Family Christmas Traditions That Make the Holiday Season Special

Lots of families celebrate Christmas in December, but what makes the holiday particularly special is the personal family traditions that give it a unique, magical quality – reviving feelings of very first Christmas experiences. Think about your own holiday family traditions from childhood. There’s a good chance you continue to carry on these traditions today. Start your season off with a little nostalgia with these popular family Christmas traditions.

1. Watching Christmas Classics

Gathering the whole family together in front of the TV with popcorn, hot chocolate and favorite classic Christmas films is a popular tradition with many different families. What would Christmas be like without Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun? The Grinch’s touching change of heart in Whoville? The whole Peanuts crew singing carols around Charlie Brown’s humble Christmas tree? Or George Bailey’s wonderful life? These stories are memories in and of themselves that touch our lives and remind us what Christmas is all about.

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Planning a Holiday Party to Remember

It’s beginning to look—and feel—a lot like Christmas. But planning this year’s holiday party doesn’t have to feel like just another item to check off the to-do list! You can have fun organizing a dinner party that will give your guests a touch of the peace and community that the holiday season is really all about.

Holiday Table Setting by Jen Lutz

So take a deep breath, get a piece of paper, put on some soft Christmas music, curl up by your Christmas tree, and enjoy planning the holiday party that your friends and family are sure to remember.

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Creating a Memorable Fall for the Family

The beautiful blend of colors and the nippy weather that fall brings make it a perfect season for outdoor revelries. No wonder it’s an easy choice of many families when it comes to their favorite season! While fall is also abuzz with school activities and other celebrations, what makes it more memorable are family bonding moments. Here are some ideas to turn fall into a cozy, family affair:

Open the Season with a Leaf Fight

Bring out the child in you and show children the importance of relishing simple joys by jumping in a pile of fallen leaves and having a leaf fight. Wake everybody up in the wee hours of the morning, countdown to sunrise, and then have a blast throwing leaves at each other. If you don’t have a yard with a tree, head out to a park early in the morning and have fun. Invite your closest family friends for more laughs. Don’t forget to collect leaves!

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