11 Holiday Traditions To Start With Your Family

by Tina @ Life Without Pink on December 2, 2013

11 holiday traditions to start with your family

We are all about holiday traditions in my household. It was important for me to start them early with my boys so as they grew it would be part of their memories.

We have traditions for every holiday but of course my favorite ones are our Christmas traditions. Over the last few years, we’ve adopted quite a few and it’s so much fun!

Here are some of our holidays traditions that we enjoy doing:

1. There’s a local church that hosts a really nice Live Nativity with 12 walk-through scenes, 200+ cast members, live animals, musical performances, and refreshments. They have over a 1,000+ people that go through this during the season. We’ve been going since Big A was 2 years-old and I was pregnant with Little B. My entire family goes together and we make a fun night out of it. It ends with hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies!

2. Getting a new pair of Christmas pajamas has been a tradition since I was little and now I do this with my own family. There’s nothing cuter than seeing your kids (and sometimes hubby) run around in festive holiday pj’s. Check out our pj’s this year.

3. Every year we take the boys to the Hallmark store and let them pick out their very own ornament. Then we date it and add it to their little Christmas tree that we have in their playroom. We love looking at the ornaments they’ve picked throughout the years. One day they’ll hang these ornaments on their own family Christmas tree.

This year the boys happened to pick what they were for Halloween – which worked out nicely!

Little B’s pick:

Little B ornament

Big A’s pick:

Big A Ornament

4. What would Christmas be without baking cookies! This is the only time that my husband bakes. He has a really yummy chocolate chip recipe (with an secret ingredient) that he makes every year. And since I LOVE anything with peanut butter, we make Peanut Butter Blossoms - I’m hungry just thinking about them!

peanut butter blossoms 3

5. After we put the kids to bed on Christmas Eve, the adults watch Christmas Vacation. We cozy up on the couch in our pj’s, snuggled under blankets, and laugh until our cheeks hurt. This movie NEVER gets old.

A few traditions that some of my readers have:

6. Samantha said, “We watch lots of Christmas movies together, we drive around and listen to Christmas music and look at lights and we do a ton of baking together. Christmas Eve we always feed the reindeer together and put out goodies for Santa.” 

7. “Our year-round tradition is to buy Christmas ornaments on our vacations (with duplicates for the kids for when they’re older), so putting up the Christmas tree every year is a trip down memory lane,” said a reader named Rachel. I love this idea and agree it’s fun to reminiscence on fun places you have visited over the years.

8. I love Sharon’s idea! She said, “We count down to 12 NOON on the last day of Dec – we have friends over and do crafts, have food and celebrate our last lunch of the year.”

9. “We let the kids open a present on Dec 13th to start the 12 days of Christmas countdown,” said a reader named Heather. This is a cute idea and could be done with small gifts for the kids. 

10.  Another festive idea from Sheila at Brain Power Boy, “We read at least one Christmas book every day through the holiday season.” LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!

11. Brandy has a really fun tradition, “ My father-in-law has a big “unveiling” of his house Christmas lights late in the evening on Thanksgiving. After we’ve had lunch, parted ways to see other families, and made our way back to the house he has us all wait outside in the front yard and BAM…lights and music fill the chilly air.”

What are some of your Christmas traditions?

Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink


I'm Tina, a wife and mother of two very active little boys. I'm the Co-founder of Girls' Lunch Out {GLO}, a marketing company that hosts networking events for women in social media. I'm also part of the BabyCenter social media team and the 2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio.

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1 Shell December 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

We do pjs, too. On Christmas Eve. And lots of baking!
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2 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

Love baking – there’s something just so warm and cozy about baking in the wintertime!

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3 Natalie December 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

These are great traditions! I really love the live nativity scene I bet that’s really cool!
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4 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

It’s really cool! It doesn’t feel like Christmas unless we go. Such a fun night with family.

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5 kymi a December 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Our Xmas tradition has been to help serve food at the homeless shelter and have a party with family & friends at our home lots of foods, games and fun. Thank you for sharing your traditions, I want to try them too.

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6 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Wow I LOVE that…thank you for sharing!
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7 Estelle December 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

You gave me the idea of dating our ornaments. We pick out one Crystal ornament a year because that is my daughter’s name.
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8 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Aw so sweet! Yes we always date them expect the Hallmark ones (they have the date printed on them). It’s just fun to look back and remember the fun memories.

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9 Sheila December 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hi Tina,
Great article. I’m sharing it. I enjoyed reading about all of the other traditions people have. We are big fans of the Hallmark Ornaments as well and it was a lot of fun taking them out this year and remembering back to when my son was so into Thomas :)
Sheila
p.s. thanks for the link to my site!

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10 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I know I love looking back at the ornaments and remembering the great memories. My boys always pick out what they are into so I’ll always remember. One day when they have a family I’ll pass them down :)

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