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Holiday Traditions: Old & New

It’s the busiest time of year! Trees to decorate, gifts to purchase, meals to cook, presents to wrap…the list goes on and on. Among the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, be sure you’re taking time to enjoy family holiday traditions. While some traditions remain constant each year, you may also want to spice things up and create new memories by introducing fresh customs.Make memories with family and friends this season with these holiday traditions:

Baking Cookies

Setting out cookies for Santa is a tradition many families follow. But, the big guy can’t eat them all and holiday baking is fantastic anytime during the season. You can even get the kids involved by creating one-of-a-kind gingerbread cookie men or houses. Send your baked treats home with neighbors, friends and visitors, as a tasty gift made with love.

Hanging Ornaments

Have your children design a handmade ornament. Be sure to include your child’s name and the year so you can easily reminisce on the heirlooms year after year. As your children get older, these artistic delights can be passed on to adorn their future trees. Another take on this is to buy a themed ornament every year that focuses on a hobby or interest. Your family will enjoy looking back on the collection and watching it grow each year.

Donate Toys

The season truly is about giving! Make way for the gifts your children will receive by donating gently used toys to community organizations that are collecting for those in need. Homeless shelters, schools and charities often request donated toys during the month of December. Teach your children the spirit of giving and generosity by donating to these establishments.

Feed the Reindeer

You may already place milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, but what about his reindeer? Carrots and celery make a good reindeer snack. However, if you want to go the extra mile, help your children make magic reindeer food to be placed on the lawn in hopes of guiding Santa’s crew to your home.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Holiday meals are a popular tradition. Jazz things up by hosting a hot cocoa and s’mores night for family and friends. Warm yourself by the fireplace with a big mug of cocoa, while roasting marshmallows on your fire (or even in the kitchen). Want to go all out? Set-up a s’mores bar complete with various accompaniments, like strawberries, caramel, chocolate sauce and whipped cream for guests to create a custom dessert.

From throwing the annual Christmas party to sending holiday cards, there are so many ways to celebrate the season! What holiday traditions are your favorite?