Make New Christmas Traditions

December 23, 2019

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Traditions are what make holidays extra special. While they take a little extra planning, every tradition adds up to create Christmas memories that will last a lifetime. And when they grow up, your kids will carry them on to their own families! The best part of traditions is that you can begin one at any time. Here are some ideas. Matching pajamas. There's nothing cozier than a soft pair of brand new pajamas. Give your family members a fresh set of winter PJs to snuggle into on Christmas Eve. Have the guys and gals match, or find a unisex outfit for everyone. The gang will feel even more festive come Christmas morning when they're dressed for the occasion. A gift scavenger hunt can make Christmas morning even more exciting.  Rather than placing your gifts under the tree, hide them around the house.  Let everyone find their gifts before tearing into them. Then, gather around together and open the presents one-by-one, savoring the joy each gift provides. While new toys are tops on many wish lists, use it as an opportunity to teach your kids the importance of giving back— after opening their new toys, have them choose an old one to donate to your local shelter. Commemorate each year by giving your kids a new ornament to hang on the tree on Christmas morning. Write the year on the ornament to mark its memory in time. You'll love pulling the unique ornaments out year after year and remembering past Christmases. All of the excitement of Christmas morning is sure to work up an appetite in everyone. Prepare a meal that's just as delicious as it is festive. Cook pancakes in the shape of reindeer and snowmen, adding bacon antlers and chocolate chip buttons and eyes. Or, you can never go wrong with rich, gooey cinnamon rolls. Just something outside of your everyday breakfast will help you celebrate the special day.

SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens

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