Everyone has their own unique set of traditions that help make the holidays special. So, today I’m sharing seven of my favorite family traditions with all of you!
1) White Elephant Gift Exchange
This is a great tradition to take up for yourself or as a family or even company-wide! Basically, you sign-up with the Salvation Army, and you’re matched with an impoverished family to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. The gift guide you receive may include toys, clothing, household items and even utilities (i.e. heating sources). The Salvation Army ensures that the family receives the gifts and food during the week before Christmas.
3) Gift Wrapping Party
This is a fun way to spend time with your friends before heading out of town for the holidays and get one more thing crossed off your checklist at the same time! Simply gather up all of your un-wrapped gifts, wrapping paper, bows, gift tags, boxes, ribbon, tape, and tell your friends to do the same. Then, clear the dining table or spread everything out on the living room floor, pop a few bottles of wine and provide a few light snacks for your guests, and you’re ready to wrap! Have everyone share wrapping supplies so that ya’ll get a good mix of colors and patterns.
4) Dessert Baking Party
This is a great way to spend time with friends or your kids at the holidays. Besides baking supplies, I recommend heading to a local discount store ahead of time to get a bunch of packaging options for people to take home a selection of the treats you’ve created together. Folks can then give the baked goods as gifts or use them to supplement their own holiday spread.
5) Caroling/Light Tour of the Neighborhood
Warning: This tradition is not for the meek! It takes some guts to walk door-to-door, belting out your favorite holiday songs. If you’re shy, just get all of your friends and family involved so that you can find a cozy spot in the back row where you can hum along. While you’re out, take time to look around and admire the holiday lights in your neighborhood.
6) Ugly Holiday Sweater Party
Quite possibly the most FUN tradition of them all, this quirky party involves seriously questionable fashion choices! Tell your friends to look online, in local thrift stores and in their parents’ and grandparents’ closets for the ugliest sweater they can get their hands on. At your party, provide all of the guests with a ballot card to write down the name of the guest wearing the ugliest sweater. Make a silly trophy ahead of time to give to the winner or a bottle of wine should do it! Bonus points for anyone who rocks a dickey!
7) Posada Party
This is a very special tradition in my family and it dates back as far as I can remember. If you’re not familiar with a Posada Party, it’s basically a re-enactment of the night baby Jesus was born. My family is HUGE, so we have all of the children dress up as Mary, Joseph, the three wise men, the angels, nativity animals, and of course, the shining star of the production, baby Jesus! I’ve also been known to dress like Santa Claus for the grand finale (see photo above!).
What are your holiday traditions? Let me know in the comment section.
Only 11 (shopping) days until Christmas!!! Happy Holidays, everyone.