This time of year is so special to many people. For some, it's the only time of year they see their family; for others, it's a long break from school; some just appreciate the Christmas spirit that takes over. Though most families have their own special traditions, I think we all share some. Today, I'll be talking about my favorite traditions for the holiday season.
Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like watching some good Christmas classics. Gather friends and family to sit down and watch your favorites. You can have popcorn and snacks for everyone; you can even get inspiration from the movies you're going to watch! Have you ever wanted to try Buddy the Elf's Spaghetti? I know I did as a kid!
Big or small, having a Christmas tree can really change the mood in your house. Some decorate with ornaments that have been handed down from generation to generation, others buy new ornaments every year, but my favorite of all time is handmade ornaments. From Salt dough ornaments that you can shape with cookie cutters to regular ornaments made unique by hand-painting them, and my very, very favorite felt ornaments, with love in every stitch.
Gift-giving (or receiving) is a love language shared by many people. What I enjoy about this season is that some people show their more generous side by giving not only their loved ones presents that come from the heart but showing others in their life how much they appreciate them with little details, like a box of cookies for the mailman, or little gift sets for your teachers. If you can make someone's day brighter, you should!
Bonus: Secret Santa
In school or at work, Secret Santa is a great way to make sure everyone gets something and is involved. You can make it extra fun by having a real gift and a gag gift. Don't forget to set a max or minimum, so it's an even exchange!
Gingerbread House Building
A delicious seasonal decor that you can make a day out of. Have a couple of friends or family go over to your house and build a house together, or even create a village to showcase everyone's taste. Some might need help actually building the structure. If you don't plan on eating them, you can join the pieces with hot glue; that's sure to hold!
I'm a very sentimental person, so if you give me a card for any occasion, I will save it in a box with all the cards I've ever received. Make someone feel special and thought of with a simple card. You can get extra and make them yourself; make then as funny or quirky as you want!
I've never gone caroling, but Christmas songs are a must this time of year! Playing them in the car, teaching them to the younger generation, or even just having them playing in the background as you bake cookies, wrap presents, or do everyday tasks and chores.
These are just some of my personal favorite traditions; I'd love to hear yours!