5 Christmas Traditions To Start With Your Family

5 Christmas Traditions To Start With Your Family

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Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine and I asked him what his favorite holiday family tradition was. Believe it or not, he couldn't name a single one. I was shocked by this, as my family has loads of special rituals that we do each and every year. This conversation got me thinking a lot about my family's traditions, and the ones that I will carry on with my family in the future. So even though its still November, if you're looking to start a new yearly Christmas tradition in your household, these are some of the best.

1. "Pajama Run"

The "pajama run" is what we call driving around at night admiring everybody's Christmas lights and decor. Each year around mid-December, my parents wait until we're all ready for bed and then they ring the old-fashioned doorbell and yell "PAJAMA RUN!!!" We grab some hot cocoa and pile in the car. As we drive all around town, we listen to Christmas music and try to pick the best-decorated house (sometimes we even stick a little badge of appreciation on their mailbox).

2. Decorating The Tree 

If you want to feel like you live in a Hallmark movie, this one is pretty perfect. Bring the boxes of meaningful ornaments up from the basement, pour some eggnog, and put on the music. Then you and the whole family can circle the tree (preferably a live one) until it looks exactly how you dreamed it would. Bonus points if you sleep by the tree for one night each year.

3. Baking Cookies

Baking cookies is a quintessential part of most holidays but it's especially important for Christmas. Every year, me and my mom pick a few different types of cookies and we make a couple batches of each. We usually watch cheesy holiday movies while we bake, and after we're done we pass out the cookies to family and friends. We also keep some for ourselves, of course.

4. Christmas Breakfast

Christmas breakfast can be a million different things. In my house, we have sticky buns every year but in your house, it might be pancakes or apple cinnamon oatmeal. As long as it's warm and delicious.

5. Christmas Eve Scavenger Hunt 

This tradition is especially fun if you have kids in the house or if you celebrate with cousins or nieces and nephews. Basically, everybody gets to open one of their Christmas gifts a day early... if they can find it. You can make this as simple or elaborate as you want. You can simply hide the gifts and let everybody go hunting or you can make complicated clues for the seekers to follow. It's up to you and your family.

So go enjoy this holiday season with your new-found traditions. Make them your own, and carry them on for years to come. Merry Christmas!

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Thank you for your time.

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In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

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The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

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