The holidays are a time of giving, sharing, thankfulness, and usually a healthy dose of stress. One way of keeping your family's focus on the true spirit of the season is to spend time together honoring the holiday with your own family traditions. Although in all the hubbub, it can seem difficult to find ways to make that quality time happen. Here are some ideas from the parents of Parent Soup on how to grow your own holiday traditions that will help make your season special.
An Ornament a Year
• "Starting when we were little, my mother gave us an ornament every year with our names on them somewhere so we knew which one belonged to which kid. I have carried this over with my own boys. The good thing about this is when the time came for us to have our own trees in our own homes we had tangible memories and a set of ornaments to hang on our tree."
~ Parent Soup member courtx
A Holiday Paper Trail
• "My children and I love making our own Christmas decorations. We started with homemade paper link chains. We recycle the holiday ads for paper links because of the bright colors and Christmas pictures. We are also making some links with all the things we are thankful for or blessed to have written on them."
~ Parent Soup member hermansens
A Festive Christmas Eve
• "One of my all time favorite holiday traditions, handed down since I was a child, is to go out and look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. When we come back home, 'Santa' has been there and all the Christmas presents are under the tree for us to open. The lights are so beautiful and inspiring to the holiday spirit. We also open our presents on Christmas Eve."
~ Parent Soup member babs
Celebrating the Solstice
• "This year my six-year-old daughter and I are going to celebrate the solstice by attempting to stay up all night. We will be baking, working on a puzzle, playing games, singing and dancing, going for a middle-of-the-night walk, and exchanging homemade gifts. Even if we don't make it through the whole night, we have fun trying and get back to one of the real reasons for celebrating at this time of the year -- the passage of seasons and the return of the sun!"
~ Parent Soup member chris.n.k