Top 10 Christmas Traditions

Share some time-honored traditions with your loved ones this year.


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Christmas Trees Don't let your family miss out on this festive opportunity. Take them to a tree farm to select and cut down a Christmas tree, or purchase a living Christmas tree to plant after Christmas is over, or put up an artificial Christmas tree. Stay up all night decorating. Throw a party to make it a memorable family event.

Christmas Tree Trimmings

Christmas Tree Decorating Party

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Ornaments Whether elaborately crafted or simple keepsakes, you can create fun rituals around ornaments. Get kids to make a homemade ornament each Christmas and put their ages on the back. Or hide a special ornament in the tree and start a treasure hunt. You could even host an ornament-crafting party.

Kid's Ornaments

Ornament-Crafting Party

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Waiting for Santa Make this time extra special for your kids by helping them prepare for Santa's arrival. Leave out cookies and milk for Santa. And preserve these memories by keeping kids' wish lists or letters to Santa in scrapbooks.

Sippers for Santa

Scrapbooking

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Classic Christmas Movies Have an "un-stress night." Gather the family together, have a pizza delivered, snuggle up in sleeping bags with plenty of popcorn and cider, and watch some classic Christmas movies or holiday specials on television.

7 Movie Night Popcorn Recipes

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Potpourri Filling our homes with the scents of Christmas is a wonderful tradition. To keep it fresher for a few days longer, keep the mixture in the fridge, covered, overnight.

Potpourri

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Christmas Cookies Invite the neighbor children in for frosting and baking cookies. (Sample them as you go, of course!) Or get your children involved in a mini baking party.

Bake Christmas Cookies with the Family

Christmas Flower Cookies

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Christmas Gifts and Donations Open one present the night before Christmas to build the excitement. Get your children to make homemade gifts -- you'll be surprised at their creativity. And donate a food basket to church.

18 Easy & Inexpensive Holiday Gifts

Festive Package Trims

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Gingerbread Houses You can either make them the official way, or you can make them out of graham crackers, icing, and candies. Give each of the children a small package of graham crackers with a tube of icing and a bag of candies. Let them make their own unique houses.

Gingerbread House 101

Gingerbread Houses Slide Show

Christmas Carols Get into the Christmas spirit and bring cheer to your loved ones as well as to your neighbors by taking your family caroling. Christmas caroling can turn into a cherished, lifelong tradition that the kids will never forget.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

We Three Kings of Orient Are

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