Creating Lasting Memories: DIY Family Traditions for the Holidays

December 14, 2023 7:50 pm

Most of us have traditions in our lives. Maybe your family watches the Macy’s parade every Thanksgiving or puts up the Christmas tree the day after. Family traditions foster a sense of unity with loved ones and can create cherished holiday memories that last a lifetime. That’s why DIY traditions are so much fun—everyone gets involved and can look forward to them each year. And even if you already have some traditions, now’s a great time to consider starting new DIY ones. Here are some fun ideas to help you get started.

Festive Home Decor

You can make fond memories year after year by crafting together as a family. Make it a tradition by creating new ornaments or making a holiday wreath that reflects your family’s personality. You can make ornaments and wreaths with just about anything—holiday cookie cutters, pom-poms, even peppermint candies! And who says a wreath has to be round? You can use anything that has meaning, or that makes you happy, like a football painted in holiday or team colors, a cluster of glittery pinecones hanging from a green branch, or anything that represents your family. Also, use whatever you fancy to make ornaments for your family or to give as gifts. Your family can even make table decorations like felt or paper trees, photo place cards, and a colorful gift box runner.

Recipe Exchange

Does your family have a favorite holiday dish (or several)? Have you thought about sharing and exchanging yours with extended family members, friends, and neighbors? Start this new tradition to help preserve everyone’s recipes for the future, celebrate heritage, and help create bonds by making the recipes together as a family. Not only will everyone get new recipes to try, but they’ll also have a chance to teach children new skills to pass down to their kids. Plus, sharing is a fun way to connect and create a sense of community.

Holiday Movies

This year, take family movie night to a new level with delicious treats and fun rituals that help bring your favorite stories to life. You can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned movie night, so make it a traditional event with extras like cozy family pajamas, hot cocoa, and treats. You can watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Elf,” and “The Santa Clause”, or whichever movies your family chooses. Make some themed treats together like this bright green Grinch Popcorn or Stuck in the Chimney snack cups to make the night special. It’s like getting 2 traditions in 1!

Letters to Santa

It’s fun to get the whole family involved in writing letters to Santa! Help your kids write their letters, then decorate the envelopes together and plan an event to drop them off at the post office. This tradition will also give you ideas to put under the tree.

New Home, New Traditions

Your new dream home at Green Meadows is the perfect place for all your old and new family traditions. You’ll have a beautiful and comfortable space to craft, cook, and have a movie night. Contact us today to give your family a fresh start in the new year.