The holidays are quickly approaching, and even if you have been too busy to truly enjoy the season, it isn't too late to start holiday traditions with your family this year. Holiday traditions are important because they build a strong family bond that is based on activities and memories that you have enjoyed together. Holiday traditions don't have to have a huge impact on your wallet or the environment -- in fact many of the following ideas are so simple that you can start them today!
#1: Read Together
Reading together as a family is one of the easiest, sweetest ways to spend an evening with your children. Incorporating reading into your holiday tradition is easy, you can start any day in December – a great time would be for the 12 Days of Christmas. Gather a stack of your favorite holiday stories, cups of cocoa and read one story each night together as a family, counting day to the big day.
#2: Make Photo Ornaments
Print out your favorite family photos, then hit your recycling bin and craft closet to gather supplies to make ornaments for the tree. When it comes to ornaments, each is special and has a memory behind it – when you make your own ornaments with your family photos, these keepsakes will easily become your families favorites to enjoy year after year – turning your holiday tree into a virtual photo album.
#3: Celebrate the Solstice
This year, winter solstice falls on December 21st. Celebrate the change in the seasons with your children. Take time to slow down, reflect and appreciate the coming of the winter season. Head outside for a long family walk or to stargaze on the longest night of the year.
#4: Write an Earth Wish List
Instead of having your children write a holiday wish list, write an Earth wish list together as a family. Consider the ways that your family would like to help the environment. If your children are animal lovers, consider making a contribution to a local charity that supports animals in your region. If your child loves the beach or a local water source, consider spending a day organizing a local cleanup.
#5: Reflect Before the New Year
Take time to talk to your family about all of the wonderful things that happened over the last year. Discuss the highs in your family’s year and ideas on how your family can improve in areas that may be a challenge. With a new year comes new possibilities and family memories that last a lifetime, talking about these important issues will give your family a stronger bond and a fresh start for another amazing year.
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