Family Holiday Traditions


By: Sarah Meikle/

Holiday Decorations by Cliff 1


The Holidays are a time for traditions. While they can be stressful, they let us stop for a moment and reconnect as a family. Creating lifelong memories that can be passed down to generations to come. What I love about traditions is that they can be anything you want them to be!

There’s nothing more special than the joy on your child’s face. The ones who are most affected by traditions are children. Children thrive from routines, so it’s no surprise that this is true. It gives them something to look forward to each year!

Here’s a list I have gathered to help inspire you and your family to start a holiday tradition today, for memories that will last a lifetime. Some are very old ideas and some maybe completely new to you.

Photo Courtesy of M01229 on Flickr Decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies

Baking Cookies

This one is great, because you can get the young ones involved helping frost the cookies and adding the sprinkles. I remember doing this with my siblings when I was young. My mom would make homemade frosting and separate it into bowls so that we could add food coloring for different color options. I was the one adding double the frosting to my cookies!

Going Caroling

Caroling is probably one of the oldest traditoins. This doesn’t have to mean walking around singing in your neighborhood, but going to your local nursing homes and hospitals can bring so much joy to many! Plus, you can bring some of those delicious cookies to give out.

Volunteering in your Community

This can be at your local food pantry or shelters. Whether it’s delivering food and toys for families in need or helping to serve a warm meal on Christmas day at your local shelter.

A Present for Lucie on Christmas Eve by Jayneandd

Christmas Eve Surprise Box

Wrap a pair of pajamas with a  book in a box. Your child can unwrap the present on Christmas Eve. You can even add items like a movie, a pack of hot cocoa, a Christmas ornament, a letter telling your child how special they are and all the positive changes that have happened in that year. I love this one because you can customize it for your family.


boy at tree farm



Visit a Tree Farm

There’s something magical about picking out your own tree! Some of my fondest memories were doing just that. I remember the smell of the fresh pine and the excitement of finding that “perfect tree”.

Make a Tree Garland

Turn the Christmas music on, gather the family together, and watch how much fun this one can be! You can use paper, ribbon, or even popcorn! Your children will love looking at their masterpieces around the tree!

Photo Courtesy of Ed Bierman on Flickr Full of Spirit


Drive around Looking at Lights

Traditions can be as simple as driving around looking at all the Christmas lights. You can add a little twist to this by doing a Christmas light scavenger hunt. Have a list of things to look for like Reindeer, Santa, or all blue lights!

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Make homemade Ornaments

My mom still has all of our Christmas ornaments we made as a child. She even has a separate tree for all of them. There are so many great ideas for this one from gathering twigs outside and turning them into stars, to making clay handprint ornaments. Let your imagination soar with this one!

What’s your family tradition? Did it make my list?

Happy Holidays Everyone!



Sarah Meikle is a new Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. She was raised in Adrian where she attended Madison Schools. She now resides in Tecumseh with her husband Andrew and two children, Camden and Kaylee.




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