10 Heartwarming Christmas Traditions to Start with Your Family

Get into the holiday spirit and create lasting memories with your loved ones with these 10 charming Christmas traditions. From baking cookies to volunteering together, these ideas are perfect for families of all sizes. Adopt a new tradition or mix and match to make your holidays truly special.
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1.Decorating the Christmas Tree Together:

Make this a family activity by letting each member pick out a special ornament to hang on the tree.

2.Baking Christmas Treats:

Spend time in the kitchen making holiday treats, such as cookies or gingerbread, and enjoy them together as a family.


3.Reading Christmas Stories:

Start a tradition of reading holiday stories, either from books or as a family, before bed on Christmas Eve.


Teach your children the importance of giving back by participating in a volunteer opportunity, such as wrapping gifts for a local charity.

5.Making Homemade Gifts:

Encourage your children to get creative by making handmade gifts for friends and family members.

6.Writing Letters to Santa:

Help your children write letters to Santa, detailing their holiday wishes and dreams.

7.Setting up a Nativity Scene:

Teach your children about the story of Jesus’ birth by setting up a nativity scene in your home.

8.Wrapping Gifts Together:

Make gift wrapping a fun and festive family activity by working together to wrap presents.


Take a walk around your neighbourhood, singing holiday carols and spreading cheer to your neighbours.

10.Gingerbread House Competition:

Alternatively, encourage your family to come up with a new holiday tradition that you can do every year, such as a special Christmas morning breakfast or an afternoon game tournament.
Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.