Inventing New Christmas Traditions

There are certain Christmas standards that almost every family who celebrates Christmas does -- the tree, the cookies, the stockings. But the thing that makes each holiday memorable is the unique spin your own family puts on tradition. Here, some of the parents of iVillage describe how they've created their own Christmas traditions. Perhaps one of them will strike you as a good addition to your own holiday routine, or inspire you to create a new tradition of your own. Happiest of holidays from everyone at iVillage.

"I just wanted to remind folks while you're setting out cookies for Santa Claus, make sure you set out some candy corn. It's for Santa's reindeer -- deer eat corn, but reindeer eat candy corn. Those reindeer get hungry flying all over the place, and Santa seems to get all the goodies."

"Lots of people like to buy Baby's First Christmas ornaments. We take it further and get one for every year of our kids' lives until they move out and have a tree of their own. I look for ornaments that say something about each child -- a favorite sport, interest, book, theme, or something that reminds me of my child or some activity we did together. We have quite a collection and it's so much fun to remember things."

"I do the same thing! Only I buy two of each ornament. That way, when my baby moves out and takes his ornaments with him, I will still have the same set to put on my tree. My son is 4 now, and it is the first year that he understood the idea that the ornaments are his."

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