How To Create Long-Lasting Holiday Traditions

It’s never too late to create your own family traditions during the holidays. This season is truly about sharing special times with the ones you love. We’ve all told ourselves that it’s not about the gifts, but when you put time and thought into fun annual gatherings, you do find that the memories are priceless. We’ve put together some of our favorite ideas to create laughter, fun and good cheer!

  1. Nothing brings people together more than food. And peppermint is the perfect holiday temptation. Try baking this fun, simple holiday treat with some neighbors, your kids or grandkids. It’s so simple that you’ll have lots of time left for all your other activities… or you can just put your feet up and relax! Double or triple the recipe & your friends with thank you for your sweet homemade holiday gift.

Easy 5 - Ingredient Peppermint Fudge – courtesy of

  1. Give back! For years we have taken some of our savings and bought new, unwrapped gifts for kids in need. It is the most fun experience to go careening down the toy aisles remembering all the things you loved to play with as a kid. The fire stations in many towns collect and distribute toys, or check out this list of the top 7 charities that help children at Christmas time


  1. Take family photos. Long gone are the days of stuffy, awkward family photos. With today’s technology you don’t even need a professional photographer to capture the moment. You even get to choose if you want to create a theme (Holiday pj’s? Color coordinated outfits? Crazy sunglasses, wigs and props?) You will never regret freezing the moment in time and having a digital memory to enjoy in years to come.


  1. Family Game Night – whether you go with old classics like Clue, Monopoly or charades or try some new games like Banagrams, Blank Slate or Picwits, the night will speed by in fits of laughter and silliness. Gather some snacks and your favorite people for a bit of old-fashioned fun. Everyone, especially the host or hostess, will appreciate the time to unplug and be present!


Don’t wait too long – figure out your favorite holiday tradition (old or new) and make it an annual affair. Bringing people together is what this season is all about, and we wish you an abundance of happiness throughout the holidays and into the new year!

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