5 Ideas for Fun Family Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is once again upon us, and it’s the perfect time to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Embrace the festive spirit by incorporating these updated and exciting family holiday traditions into your celebrations:

Here are some fun ideas for activities to brighten up the holiday season!

5 fun family holiday traditions

1. Virtual gingerbread house challenge

Building gingerbread houses is a classic holiday tradition, but this year, take it a step further with a virtual twist. Connect with extended family or friends over a video call and have a gingerbread house decorating competition.

Share your creations, laugh at the mishaps, and vote on the most festive design. It’s a delightful way to stay connected and add a touch of friendly competition to the holiday season.

2. Make colorful paper snowflakes

This activity is super fun and crafty! Many people make paper snowflakes during the holiday season… but instead of making them all white, how about making bright snowflakes with paper in different colors? Cut out fun shapes together and decorate the snowflakes with sparkles!

For a fun twist, move beyond traditional paper snowflakes and explore the world of digital creativity. Use online tools or apps to design and create virtual snowflakes together. Experiment with various shapes, colors, and patterns to make unique digital snowflakes.

colorful snowflake craft for kids

3. Read holiday books at bedtime

The great thing about this cozy season is there are so many engaging holiday books to read. Pick 31 books (one for each day in December) or find a book of short stories.

Right before bedtime, read your child a fun, imagination-filled story. Who doesn’t love a story before bedtime?

holiday books for kids

4. Global acts of kindness

Expand the reach of your kindness by engaging in global acts of goodwill. Research charitable organizations or initiatives that resonate with your family and contribute in meaningful ways.

Whether it’s supporting a cause through online donations, participating in virtual charity events, or sending digital greetings to those in need, this tradition reinforces the spirit of giving and global citizenship.

donating for the holidays

5. Visit neighborhoods with Christmas lights

One fun thing about the December season is when neighborhoods put up festive lights in their front yards and houses. Pour hot cocoa into thermoses and dress up with fun hatsglowing necklaces, and reindeer antlers.

Take your kids around nearby neighborhoods to see all the lights and pick their favorite, twinkling homes. As you walk, you can sing holiday songs together and greet other families in the neighborhood! 

neighborhood christmas lights

Embrace these contemporary twists on classic traditions to make this holiday season truly special for your family. Whether you’re connecting virtually, exploring digital creativity, or spreading kindness globally, these ideas are sure to bring joy and warmth to your celebrations in 2023.


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