5 Tips for Starting Holiday Traditions
Is this your first Christmas together? Are you in love with the idea of traditions but not sure how to combine each others’ family ones and make new ones together? I feel you!
Neither Darren nor I grew up with any set traditions, per say, as some families do. (Nothing wrong with that, either!) The more I started to think about having kids and how we would do holidays, the more I fell in love with ideas we could make into traditions for our future kids.
Dominic is two today, and we’ve been testing the waters with new traditions the last two Christmases because we knew he wouldn’t remember our fumbles anyway. Now, he’s starting to remember things, and we can’t wait to put in the effort to create some fun memories he can revisit every year!
Tradition: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
The new tradition I'll be starting this year is making gingerbread cookies from my Oma's recipe. I can't wait to make them the week of Christmas, whip out the decorating ingredients, and let Dominic get a little messy with it.
So, whether this is your first Christmas together or your tenth, whether you have kiddos or not, if you're wondering how to start new traditions or decide which ones to continue on from your childhood, I've got some tips for you.
1. Write down your “usual” traditions. What do your parents do now every holiday season or what did they do when you were a child?
2. If you're married, compare lists with your spouse and discuss which, if any, you’re definitely keeping for your new family (even if it’s just the two of you!).
3. Think about traditions you’ve heard of and would like to try. For us, Christmas PJ’s is not something I grew up with, but I loved the idea and have implemented it. I think it’ll be especially fun when the little guys are older and realize it’s a thing!
4. Ask yourself if there’s anything unlikely that already happened to you and is part of your story (for example, maybe the power went out one Christmas so you had PB+J for dinner; maybe you make PB+J time happen every Christmas now).
5. Try it out! Maybe it’s cookies or pj’s or decorating on Dec 1st or filling an Advent calendar you made—or buying/creating a different one every year! If you don’t like a new tradition-in-training, you don’t have to do it next year. Easy peasy. Don’t stress about it!
looking for an easy tradition to start?
bake Christmas Cookies!
If baking Christmas cookies was on your list, you're in luck! I've got the best gingerbread cookie recipe to get you started this year. Bake them and tag me (@spunkysapphire) when you share on Instagram! (pssst...you can also Pin this image so you always know where to find it)
Our house is decked out, I’ve got the ingredients in the house for spur-of-the-moment baking, and the gifts are almost all wrapped. Savour the moments, my friend. Have a wonderful holiday, and I’ll see you in the new year!