Close your eyes and think with me for a minute. I want you to recall your most treasured memory from your childhood Christmases. What is it?
I do remember a few of my favorite gifts of course, but it is the traditions that really stick with me. Those special moments spent with family and friends that we looked forward to all year.
I want my girls to have the same fond memories when they look back at their childhood. That’s why we’ve been building our own unforgettable family Christmas traditions.
10 Treasured Family Christmas Traditions to Start This Year
These are the ways we spend time together and get into the spirit of the season!
Ornament Making Party
We started this family Christmas tradition last year, crafting these gorgeous and fragrant Orange Pomander Ornaments. We’re still deciding on what to make this year, but do already have the date set!
We started a family cookie making day when I was a small child. Aunts, uncles, and cousins all gathered at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house where we spent an entire day baking, decorating, eating, and having a blast.
Those are some of my absolute favorite memories! The smell of warm sugar cookies fresh out of the oven, the laughter as we created over-the-top decorations with brightly-colored icing, and the sounds of Christmas songs wafting throughout the house. This is one tradition I definitely want to pass on to my girls!
Speaking of playing Christmas music, it’s essential to build a family Christmas playlist! Ours tends towards the classics, with a few new additions each year.
We set our BOSEbuild Speaker Cube to light up red to match our Christmas decor. The accompanying app allows you to customize the color of the cube, so we love to change it with the seasons!
My oldest daughter and I built our speaker cube earlier this year (yep, your kids can build their own speaker…how cool is that?!) The accompanying app guides kids through the process, with enrichment experiments along the way. My daughter really didn’t need my help at all, but it was fun to watch!
Both girls love to pick which songs we play and control the speaker with our iPhone and iPad. Choose songs, adjust volume, and customize the internal LED lights all with the free BOSEBuild Sound App.
I think the lights are all of our favorite feature — you can essentially create your own light show set to music!
We’ve gotten hours and hours of exploration and fun: from building, to customizing, to dance parties!
If you’re looking for a gift to inspire a sense of wonder and discovery in your kids, the Speaker Cube is one I highly recommend! For more information about the build-it-yourself BOSEBuild Speaker Cube, visit https://build.bose.com/
When I was in elementary school, I loved caroling through our neighborhood with friends. You don’t see this quite as often these days, but it is one tradition I’d love to see make a comeback!
Collecting Toys for Charity
Growing up, I always looked for ways to share with others during the holiday season. Last year we hosted our first annual toy drive on my blog and collected an entire sack of toys to donate to a children’s charity. This is year two of the Soccer Mom Blog Toy Drive — I love to be able to use my reach for good and instill in my daughters the importance of giving back.
Random Acts of Kindness
What kid doesn’t love an advent calendar that counts down to the big day? This Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar from Wondermom Wannabe is a wonderful reminder to embrace the spirit of giving and helping others.
Christmas Lights Tour
At least once or twice during the month of December, we pile in the car and drive around our town, looking at all the decorations. I love listening to the “oohs” and “ahhhs” from the backseat! So much fun and a free alternative to expensive light shows!
Hot Cocoa and Holiday Movie Night
One night over Christmas break, we spread blankets on the living room floor, make popcorn and cocoa, and snuggle up to watch our favorite holiday classic movies. It really puts us in the spirit of the season!
Despite the best of intentions, the holidays mean that we end up with a lot more stuff! We just did a clean-up and clean-out of our house to make room beforehand. We sold a lot of things at a yard sale (an awesome way to add to the Christmas budget!) and donated some as well. Check out these easy and frugal organization hacks for ideas.
Christmas Lunchbox Notes
Daily lunchbox notes are already a tradition in our house, so I created some to celebrate the holiday season. These kindness-themed lunchbox notes are some of my favorite quotes — you can grab the free printables for your own little ones here!
Does your family have any favorite holiday traditions or ways you explore the world around you together? I’d love to hear in the comments or on social media!