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Christmas Traditions To Create with Your Family…for Free!

Holiday traditions can foster a great sense of security in kids & teens and help them feel cared for and loved. Contrary to popular belief, making memories doesn’t need to involve an extravagant vacation or expensive gifts. Sometimes the most simple and inexpensive ideas foster the most inspired holiday moments. Even the smallest of traditions can have a positive impact on your family relationships, teach empathy for others, and bring you closer to your local community.

Neighborhood Christmas Light Walk – One of my favorite things to do with the kids during the holidays is to bundle up, grab the dogs, and go on a walk to look at all of the beautiful lights. It truly is magical! At the end of the evening, we come up with awards such as, “Best House on the Block” and the “Grinch Award.”

Volunteering as a Family – There are so many ways to give back to your community. Sign up to feed the homeless. Participate in a canned food drive. Visit a local retirement home and spread cheer to the elderly. Host a bake sale for your favorite cause. Help a local animal shelter.

White Elephant Gift Exchange – Create a Christmas challenge by having each family member find a funny gift from around the house to wrap up and place under the tree. The crazier the item, the more laughter-filled Christmas morning will be.

Caroling & Cocoa – Get a group of friends together to sing some beautiful holiday songs for your neighbors. End the evening with some warm cocoa and lots of camaraderie.

Candy Cane Lane Drive – Almost every town has their own version of Candy Cane Lane – the street where all of the houses are completely decked out with Christmas décor. Take a family drive and enjoy the illuminating displays.

Holiday Movie Magic – It’s time to dust off your old holiday DVD’s or DVR the Christmas classics for a family movie night. Whether it’s The Polar Express, Rudolph or The Grinch, you are sure to be in the spirit of the holidays after a “night in” together.

No matter what family traditions you decide to share this season, remember that your time together is the greatest gift of all.

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