To a lot of people, Christmas means traditions—but not all of them have to be a big deal. Some of the best ones are the little ones we start with our kids, that, eventually, they can pass on to kids of their own.
Here are some fun Christmas traditions for kids that people here in our studio have started with their own families.
1. The Very Special Ornament
Do your kids have a favorite Christmas ornament, or one that they just seem to gravitate to every year? If so, read on. (And even if not, you should still read on because it’s a pretty cute tradition.)
When Jessica’s husband Brandon was a little boy, his parents chose one ornament that the family especially loved and dubbed it the most special of all ornaments. Every year growing up, they would save that ornament for last, and either Brandon or his sister (depending on whose year it was) would get to put the last, most special ornament on the tree.
Even once they’d moved out, their parents still saved the last ornament for when they came home for the holidays. And now that they’re adults, the tradition has been passed on to the grandkids. Here’s Jessica’s son Carter doing his merry duty (with a little help from his grandma) for the first time:
2. Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Every year on Christmas morning, when Elizabeth’s boys are done opening all the presents Santa brought them, they get to go on a scavenger hunt.
It starts with a single clue (stuffed into an ornament on the Christmas tree), but leads them all around the house until they find a second batch of presents—from Mom & Dad!
Elizabeth says another member of our team gave her the idea, and even though her sons are now grown, she still keeps the Christmas magic alive by doing this for them year after year.
3. Kids Leave Santa the Darndest Things
Santa delivers a LOT of toys to a LOT of kids.
Naturally, that means the jolly old elf probably consumes a BOATLOAD of milk and cookies. Why not look out for his cholesterol levels and let your kids pick something else out for him?
That’s what Meghan, our Sr. Social Media Manager, did with her daughter Lillian last year—and with pretty adorable results.
Check out Santa’s plate of parsley, half an onion, and bread below. The note you see was dictated to Meghan from her daughter :)
Have any traditions of your own you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them!
However you spend your holidays, we hope you find yourself making lots of merry memories with friends and family.