“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,” to celebrate those family traditions that you grew up with or to create new ones. Whether you are visiting family and friends or having the kids at home for the holiday break tis the season to spend quality time bonding as a family.
Planning is a key ingredient to creating new traditions and reducing stress. A great way to plan activities and create some new family traditions is by having a family meeting. A family meeting is a great way for everyone to add their ideas and plan a list of activities to do over the holiday break. Creating a calendar or picture calendar will help kids remember what you are doing for the day. Remember when planning have a budget for activities will help your family finances.
Creating new family traditions can be simple or complex as you and your family wish for them to be. For example, making holiday cards to celebrate the holiday season and sending them to friends and families will help children understand the power of words. This is also a way to teach them to write thank you cards for any gifts or special time that they have had with family over the season. Other great ideas for new family traditions are:
- Making cookies or snacks that can be shared with friends and family
- Getting outside and being active
- If you have snow going sledding, ice skating or even skiing
- Planning and cooking meals together
- Have a snowman or gingerbread house building contest
Celebrating each family member and the gifts that they bring to the family unit is fun. This can help children, cousins or other family members appreciate what each person has to share. Enjoy your holiday season and celebrate everyone!