With the holidays quickly rolling around, you may wonder how you can make them more exciting for your kids.

Kids naturally get excited for the holidays, so you can count on them having plenty of enthusiasm. With Christmas and Hanukkah just around the corner, however, it’s a good time to instill new traditions with your children. There are plenty of great options to get your kids involved.

Soon enough, you can start new traditions that your family can look forward to for years to come.

1. Do a Craft Together

Kids love crafts, and it gives them a wonderful outlet for creativity. If you want to get your kids in the festive spirit, consider making a Holiday-themed craft with them. From winter scenes to snowmen to candy canes, there are lots of colors and themes to gain inspiration.

You can create one big craft as a family, or branch off and make individual creations. Your kids will soon look forward to your holiday-themed craft every year!

2. Volunteer On or Around the Holiday

The holidays are a time to reflect on your blessings and consider those who aren’t as fortunate. You can help your children understand the true meaning of the holiday by volunteering with them every holiday season.

Food shelters and soup kitchens typically look for volunteers on Christmas or around the holiday, and it’s an excellent opportunity to get your kids involved in giving back. Your kids can learn more about their community and the importance of kindness and giving back.

As the years go by, volunteering may become your family’s favorite tradition.

3. Get Your Children Involved with the Cooking

When we think of the holidays, there’s often a word that pops into our minds other than “presents” and that is “food”!

Many families embrace the togetherness of the holiday through a home-cooked meal. If you want to start a new tradition with your kids, get them involved in the kitchen!

Depending on their age, they can help with anything from measuring ingredients, mixing, peeling, or even creating a dish of their own. Not only will their involvement bring the family together, but the meal will be even better knowing that everyone contributed.

4. Relax and Watch Movies Together

With everything going on around the holidays, you may feel overwhelmed by the end. Instead of putting too much pressure on having a perfect holiday, take a different approach: relax!

The best way to do it is by sitting back and putting on a movie or show that the whole family can enjoy. Many of us spend so much time cooking and finding the perfect gift we forget to embrace what we’re thankful for.

When everyone feels relaxed, you’ll all have a much better time. Remember that the holidays are about spending time with loved ones, and not about stress.

If old Christmas traditions are stressing you and your family out, don’t be afraid to start from scratch with a much more relaxed tradition, like enjoying a movie together.

5. Take a Trip

Many of us enjoy staying home for the holidays. However, it may be the perfect vacation time for you and your family. The trip can be as simple as camping, going on a road trip, or visiting family for the long weekend.

Consider your family’s preferences, and if everyone is on board, you may find that a holiday trip will soon become your family’s new favorite tradition.

It’s important to make the most of the holidays while your children are still young. Instead of stressing out over the details, consider trying one of these suggestions for starting new traditions in your family.

As the years go by, your family will have something to look forward to every season. And maybe you will start a new tradition that will be passed down to the next generation!

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