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5 New Traditions You Can Start this Christmas

Go to sleep, get up, unwrap gifts, have a family dinner. Most of us have the same traditions year after year. Don’t get caught up in the mundane this season! Make it the best Christmas ever for yourself, family, and friends and introduce a new tradition to keep things fun and fresh.

We understand. Trying to juggle gift shopping, cooking, cleaning, and decorating is a heavy load already. But establishing something special for your family will set apart this Holiday season from all the rest. Not only that, but taking quality time to spend with your kids, significant other, or friends will decrease your stress so you’ll be better prepared to deal with all the craziness.

1. Put Together a Christmas Eve Box

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Instead of opening one gift on Christmas Eve, like some families do, why not fill an activity box full of things to enjoy with family for the evening? Here’s how it works: gift wrap a cardboard box and add fun items like Christmas pajamas, a storybook, your favourite Christmas movie, hot chocolate mix with marshmallows, and homemade cookies. Keep in mind that you can modify the contents depending on whether you plan to spend an evening with young kids, your spouse, or a group of friends.

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2. Have a Board Game Night

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Am I right in saying you’ve steered away from the board games and puzzles you used to enjoy when you were younger? Our tablets, laptops, and smartphones have taken their place. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids to unplug for a few hours, get your favourite board game down from the shelf and have fun! Better yet, you can go out and buy a whole new game to learn. Add some eggnog and Christmas cookies into the mix, and you’ve got a new tradition that’s super easy.

3. Build a Blanket Fort

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You’re never too old to have fun, so bring out your inner child and camp out below the Christmas tree! Gather your kids and get some rope, blankets, cushions, and towels to set up a blanket fort that’s completely your own creation. Don’t forget the festive flair of white lights, and you’ll want picnic supplies and a family photo album to reminisce over. Need some inspiration? Look what these 15 people did with their blanket forts!

4. Have an Outdoor Christmas Fire

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My family plans on doing this on Christmas Day, and it’s something completely new for us. Depending on the fire laws in your area, you may or may not be able to start a fire outside, but never fear! You can always fill your home full of lit candles to cast a rosy glow on you and your loved ones. If you have young kids, skip the fire and buy extra strings of lights to decorate your home with. May your days be jolly and bright!

5. Give, Give, Give

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Forget how busy you are. The real spirit of the season is giving, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone who’s feeling a little abandoned. Make it part of your yearly tradition to do something for the poor, the elderly, or a random person on the street. Get your whole family involved – it’s a great opportunity to teach the kids to be kind.

Acts of Kindness You Can Try:
• Knit a scarf or blanket and donate it
• Tip the waitress double what you usually would
• Deliver cookies and treats to emergency service workers
• Donate clothes or food to a shelter
• Pay for someone else’s coffee or groceries
• Give restaurant gift cards or food vouchers to the homeless
• Invite someone without family to Christmas dinner
• Visit a retirement home and sing carols
• Drop a festive note in the post box of someone you don’t know
• Take part in Operation Christmas Child