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The holidays, from late November to the first of January, are always a special time, families are trying to create and share memories that will last a lifetime and beyond. We all have different customs, but just to make sure I understoodtradition, I looked it up. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, tradition is “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (such as a religious practice or a social custom).” 

Most every family has established customs or routines they follow. These traditions may be just a year old or go back generations, but whatever the duration, performing the custom can make for longer and lasting memories. Not every family has special traditions, or, maybe you’re looking for one or two to add to your list. Today, I will be sharing some traditions you may want to adopt.

Gingerbread House – Be sure it has lots of frosting, candy canes and other delicacies.

Caroling– Sing carols to all your friends and neighbors.

Bake and Bake Some More– Bake all the holiday favorites. 

Family Trip – Invite everyone. (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and, great-nephews)

Game night – Could also be a puzzle or movie night.

Special Reading– Read a family favorite or about the birth of Christ.

See the Lights– Drive the neighborhood, looking at all the lights and decorations.

Attend Church – Attend a Christmas Eve service.

Visit Others in Need – It could be a homeless shelter, senior center or other venue.

White Elephant Gift Exchange– Don’t spend, recycle things that need a new life.

Play Special Music – Play all the Christmas favorites.

Write Letters – To family and friends you wish were there.

Share Stories– Tell and retell favorite stories of past Christmases.

The above list is hardly complete. There are literally hundreds of other traditions like attending a sports event, hunting, playing touch football, or opening presents early. Whatever you do, be sure it’s inclusive of the whole family, especially your seniors.