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What is the Most Popular Christmas Tradition?

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What is the Most Popular Christmas Tradition?

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the sights, sounds and traditions of the season. I can’t wait to start decorating the house, trimming the tree, and, especially, looking for a new children’s Christmas story to share with my nieces and nephews.

Because, for me, the most important part of holidays is the traditions. I love my family’s Christmas traditions. They bring us all closer together.

In fact, my family has our own Christmas traditions that we try not to deviate from. We always eat the same special food. We listen to the same holiday music. And we play the same fun games. Those touchpoints truly make it Christmas for us.

I’ve celebrated Christmas with friends and their families have their own unique Christmas traditions, like one friend’s annual karaoke contest (you don’t get a present unless you sing!) or another friend’s annual Christmas Star Wars movie marathon!

And, maybe you’re looking for a new family tradition for your family to create new memories for your kids and yourself. Well, you’re in luck! I’ve searched the internet for some of the most popular Christmas traditions, some for families and some geared toward adults. Traditions you can follow at home with family, or others that will be fun to do with your coworkers or friends.

So, keep reading for some fun ideas for Christmas activities. Maybe you’ll find a new tradition!

5 Fun Christmas Traditions

Looking at Beautiful Christmas Lights

There’s nothing like taking a nighttime drive to look at Christmas lights. I love driving through the neighborhood, enjoying the elaborate light shows that some of my neighbors create.

There’s even a small town near me where all the businesses on the main drag hang colorful Christmas lights each year, attracting nighttime spectators throughout the holidays to take in the beautiful displays.

Making Christmas Cookies

I invited a coworker over last year to make Christmas cookies. Unfortunately, I neglected to tell her that the only cookie cutters I own are the state of Michigan (both Upper and Lower Peninsulas) and a dinosaur. That’s it.

No matter. We made batches of cookies shaped like both peninsulas and the dinosaur and decorated them with all sorts of Christmas sugary baubles. They were the hit of the office Christmas cookie exchange!

Trimming a Christmas Tree

Every year, my mother and I put her Christmas tree together. We drag the tree down from the attic, dust off her boxes of ornaments and get to work. And, as we trim the tree, we reminisce about the ornaments and where and when we got them. It’s always a warm and calm tradition, well, that is until we plug in the lights and realize that there are some dead bulbs!

Once we replace the bulbs and get the tree finished, we turn the Christmas tree lights on and turn the lamp off, to drink in the stillness, beauty and warmth of the tree and the season!

Watching a Christmas Movie

The holiday season is a great time to watch a Christmas movie. Who could forget the sorry little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas? Or the Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer? So, why not hunker down with a bowl of popcorn or a cup of hot chocolate and watch your favorite Christmas movie, even if it is Die Hard!

Singing Christmas Carols

We’re a musical family, so singing Christmas carols is essential at my family’s Christmas celebrations.

My personal fave is The Little Drummer Boy, but we go through all of the standards!

And, when the night is dying down and we’re starting to get ready to go to Midnight Mass, we sing a couple of verses of Silent Night. It’s a beautiful, contemplative way to end our Christmas Eve celebration.

5 Fun Christmas Traditions

Looking at Beautiful Christmas Lights

There’s nothing like taking a nighttime drive to look at Christmas lights. I love driving through the neighborhood, enjoying the elaborate light shows that some of my neighbors create.

There’s even a small town near me where all the businesses on the main drag hang colorful Christmas lights each year, attracting nighttime spectators throughout the holidays to take in the beautiful displays.

Making Christmas Cookies

I invited a coworker over last year to make Christmas cookies. Unfortunately, I neglected to tell her that the only cookie cutters I own are the state of Michigan (both Upper and Lower Peninsulas) and a dinosaur. That’s it.

No matter. We made batches of cookies shaped like both peninsulas and the dinosaur and decorated them with all sorts of Christmas sugary baubles. They were the hit of the office Christmas cookie exchange!

Trimming a Christmas Tree

Every year, my mother and I put her Christmas tree together. We drag the tree down from the attic, dust off her boxes of ornaments and get to work. And, as we trim the tree, we reminisce about the ornaments and where and when we got them. It’s always a warm and calm tradition, well, that is until we plug in the lights and realize that there are some dead bulbs!

Once we replace the bulbs and get the tree finished, we turn the Christmas tree lights on and turn the lamp off, to drink in the stillness, beauty and warmth of the tree and the season!

Watching a Christmas Movie

The holiday season is a great time to watch a Christmas movie. Who could forget the sorry little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas? Or the Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer? So, why not hunker down with a bowl of popcorn or a cup of hot chocolate and watch your favorite Christmas movie, even if it is Die Hard!

Singing Christmas Carols

We’re a musical family, so singing Christmas carols is essential at my family’s Christmas celebrations.

My personal fave is The Little Drummer Boy, but we go through all of the standards!

And, when the night is dying down and we’re starting to get ready to go to Midnight Mass, we sing a couple of verses of Silent Night. It’s a beautiful, contemplative way to end our Christmas Eve celebration.

What are some fun Christmas Traditions for Adults?

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at Christmas. From ugly sweaters to cookie exchanges, read below for some great Christmas activities for grownups!

White Elephant Christmas Present Exchange

My favorite Christmas tradition is my family’s White Elephant Exchange. We spend the year scouring the stores looking for the oddest, strangest or worst Christmas present. My father took the cake with a dollar store ship in a bottle lamp a few years back.

Here’s how it works: Someone assigns a number to each of the wrapped presents. Partygoers take turns choosing a number. They are then given the present corresponding to that number.

Now, if you really want a dollar store ship in a bottle lamp, you can keep it. But, if you’d rather have a present that someone else has, like a set of poorly painted Star Wars-themed mugs that your sister picked, you can use your turn to trade with her. And so on until the last person picks a present.

A White Elephant is a hilariously fun time. Half the fun is just from unwrapping the goofy presents. And, you can’t get to attached, if you end up scoring a good present on your turn, because there’s a good chance someone will snatch it from you on their turn!

I highly recommend having a White Elephant present exchange at your adult Christmas party. I still have the gaudy but funny glass goldfish with three orange and blue tiny goldfish swimming around in it, from my first White Elephant. But, whoever has the dollar store ship in a bottle lamp, well, chances are, they will wrap it up to be regifted at our next Christmas party!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Every year, my office has an ugly Christmas sweater party and contest.

The rules are simple – everyone wears their gaudiest Christmas sweater! I’ve seen sweaters with battery-powered lights and even ones with a picture of sexy Mrs. Claus emblazoned on the front.

Partygoers vote on the ugliest (best) Christmas sweater and then the winter is usually given an equally silly price, like an ugly Christmas tree ornament.

And you can spice up an ugly Christmas sweater party with some adult warm beverages like Irish coffee or hot cider with spiced rum.

An ugly Christmas sweater party is always a great time and lots of laughs. Organize one for your office or your friends today!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Whether you’re planning a work Christmas function or you’re getting together with friends, why not host a Christmas Cookie Exchange! It’s simple – encourage people to bring fun and unique cookies so there are no duplicates. Have everyone set up their cookie displays and encourage them to fill containers with each other’s mouthwatering creations!

Write Christmas Newsletter

If you don’t like sending impersonal, generic Christmas cards, sharpen your pencil and write a Christmas newsletter.

I bet there are plenty of people on your Christmas card list that you don’t see regularly. So, why not write a newsletter about all the fun things that you and your family have done throughout the year. Talk about any accomplishments you’ve had or even some of the setbacks. Not only will you keep your friends and family up to date, you’ll hopefully inspire them to write their own holiday newsletters!

What are Some Fun Family Christmas Traditions?

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, the countdown to Christmas begins. Your kids have been waiting all year for the Christmas season! They’re trying so hard to stay on Santa’s nice list.

There are so many fun, creative and exciting things to do on the lead up to the holiday.

I’ve done some research and compiled some fun, educational and fulfilling ideas for your family’s Christmas celebration.

There are some fun crafts for your little artists, a way to be teach your kids to be charitable during the season and throughout the year, and a heartwarming Christmas story to read with your little ones.

I have never forgotten the Christmas traditions from my childhood. Ones that were passed down from my grandmother to my mother to my sister and me. And your kids will always carry the traditions you teach them. It brings us all together and teaches us about the magic of the season. So, here are a few ideas for Christmas activities for you and your kids!

Write a Letter to Santa

I remember way back when, writing our letters to Santa Claus, complete with our lists of all of the toys we were hoping for. We were so excited to see if Santa would give us all of the fun things we asked for!

The U.S. Post Office will even send your kids a reply from Santa postmarked from the North Pole. Check out the instructions here!

Make Christmas Crafts

  • If you’re looking for a fun craft to do with your kids during the Christmas season, why not help them make paper snowflakes. I’m sure you remember when you were a kid, folding up pieces of paper, snipping shapes out of them, and then unfolding them to unveil beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpieces!
  • Or help your little ones string raw cranberries and popcorn on a long piece of sturdy thread – you may need to hold the needle. You can use this homemade garland to decorate your trees outside – and you’ll also feed the squirrels!
  • Here’s another idea: Make a gingerbread house! This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Crafts stores sell kits with all the decorations and already baked gingerbread. You and your kids will just need to put the house together and decorate it. Maybe make an entire neighborhood of gingerbread houses, all decorated differently!

Read a Christmas Story Book

Out of the good Christmas stories people have been enjoying for generations, my favorite is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This charming story has been a mainstay of Christmas traditions since it was published in 1823. Writer Clement Clarke Moore’s descriptions of Santa Claus, with his rosy cheeks, jiggly belly and eight tiny reindeer, created what we think of as our iconic Christmas customs.

Set up a Christmas Nativity Set

I was always drawn to my mother’s ceramic nativity set. She told me the story of the Nativity and allowed me to play with figurines. And I was excited to find out recently that Fisher-Price offers a nativity set! I’ve already ordered a few sets for my nieces and nephews and I can’t wait to help them learn about the Nativity.

Donate Food to a Shelter

Since charity and giving are important traditions of the season, why not encourage your kids to save money to purchase cans of food. And then take them to a food pantry or homeless shelter so they can discover how great it feels to donate. You’ll be helping them establish a lifelong practice of sharing. They’ll feel great and they’ll be helping out the less fortunate.

Stage a Photo Shoot for your Dog

My nieces love dressing up my shih tzu. And, thankfully, my shih tzu loves, or at least doesn’t mind, being dressed up. If you have a pet (dog, cat, ferret, etc.) that doesn’t object to being dressed up and photographed, why not buy them a little Santa suit – check your local pet supply store – and have the kids help make a festive backdrop of Christmas wrapping paper. Then, take some photos of your pet to include in your Christmas card.

I always enjoy my friend’s annual photo of her parakeet in his little Santa hat!

Tis the Season

Each family is different, and we all have our own Christmas traditions. And, if you’re like me, you don’t mind following the same traditions every year. In fact, I think doing the same traditions every year brings me closer to my family and my roots.

It wouldn’t be Christmas in my family if we aren’t rolling on the floor laughing over the ridiculous presents at our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange.

And joining the fun at work by entering the office ugly Christmas sweater contest not only will bring your coworkers closer together, it will also break up the day and make for a more enjoyable working environment!

But Christmas is not only for us adults. Christmas is a magical time of year for children. As soon as the tree goes up, your kids will be counting down the hours until Santa arrives!

There are so many fun traditions for your kids to experience, from making their own decorations to learning a new Christmas song. These are traditions that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives and will practice with their own kids!

So, while you’re planning your Christmas celebration, explore some of the ideas I’ve listed for you. Take a chance; you may make some new memories.

Merry Christmas!

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