Holiday Season Traditions

Holiday Season Traditions

The holidays light up the darker and colder season of the year, when many spend less time outdoors and more time “cocooning” with family and friends. Many have a holiday season tradition – here are a few of ours:

  1. The gratitude jar– During the month of December, every night at dinner everyone writes on a note something they are grateful for and places the note in the jar. At the end of the month (during the holidays) we sit together and read them all aloud.
  2. Kind Weekends –At the beginning of December each family member the name of another relative out of a hat. This becomes their “pay it forward” person for the month – the person for whom they will perform at least one act of kindness every weekend. No gifts or things of monetary value allowed!
  3. Baking – a baking party with your children, grandchildren or simply with good neighbours or friends. Every year, a nicely decorated box of baked goods is donated to a cause chosen by a different child each time (retirement home, hospital, local soup kitchen, someone in need).
  4. One-on-one – Having a “date” with each child individually provides not only a great opportunity for one-on-one quality time, but possibly also some hints and insight into their wishes for the holidays and expectations for the new year.
  5. Hand written cards – yes, we still love them and find that there is nothing quite like a handwritten note (or children’s drawings)

Do you have a family tradition for the holiday season? Please add a comment and tell us about it! In January we will post all the family traditions we’ve collected on our blog.