As a working mom, I think family traditions are more important than ever – not to mention they are my favorite no-brainer holiday activities. They completely take the stress out of coming up with activities, and they create memories for my kids and give them something to look forward to. Having some go-to holiday traditions not only makes your life easier but also creates a family structure and sense of belonging for your children.
Anything can start as a tradition – big or small. Just start doing something. It’s the consistency that adds up. And if something goes well, commit to trying it again until it becomes something everyone looks forward to. A tradition my family enjoys the weekend after Thanksgiving is going to dinner and picking out new books to read over the holiday season. It started as a one-time activity that everyone enjoyed so much, we committed to doing it again, and it stuck.
Traditions are the ideal time to get creative and start something unique to your family. Go for something that everyone in your family enjoys. We like to do a mini staycation over winter break at the Great Wolf Lodge. We eat the same breakfast every Christmas morning. It’s the same breakfast my parents made for us growing up, and it’s something everyone in my family has continued to do.
Traditions can keep evolving. It might take two or three times of committing to a holiday activity before it sticks and feels like what your family always does.
Most important- don’t beat yourself up over missing or breaking with tradition. We are the worst house for the Tooth Fairy – she is always late if she even shows up. Our holiday advent calendars don’t always get opened on time.
Head over to the podcast on your preferred listening platform. I’m sharing more holiday tradition advice, as well as sharing some of the Nickels family’s favorite holiday traditions, new and old. I’d love to hear how your family celebrates this time of year, so leave a comment sharing your favorite traditions.
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