Posted by: Frank Walker LMFT | December 11, 2016

Simple Holiday Traditions



Twenty Memorable Christmas Traditions


1) Try an annual extended-family get-together.

Yes the season is about family.

2) Watch Christmas movies.

It’s corny but helps us focus and bring the family together. It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone?

3) Attend a Christmas Eve service.

What better tradition can there be than to be with your church family.

4) Start traditions with Christmas Eve/Christmas Day meals.

We have a special Christmas morning breakfast that has been passed on three generations.

 5) Letters to Jesus.

Whose birthday is it anyway?

6) Live out an annual family version of The Twelve Days of Christmas

Give this a try. Can you find swans?

7) Bake and decorate homemade Christmas cookies.

If you don’t  bake get recipes and do it this year.

8) Sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas Day.

After all, it is Jesus’ birthday that we celebrate.

9) Read the Christmas story from Luke 2.

What better way to focus on the meaning of Christmas.

10) Go to the movies on Christmas Day.

It can become a tradition.

11) Drive around looking at Christmas lights.

In this town walk around and see the lights.

12) Go Christmas caroling.

Everyone sounds better singing outdoors in the cold. Really.

13) Visit a Nursing Home.

Check the church schedule because this one is a given.

14) Help at a food bank or soup kitchen.

There are great needs this year.

15) Celebrate your family’s ethnic heritage(s).

Do some research and put your family’s heritage in the Christmas mix.

16) Secret Santa.

There is so much more to giving in secret.

17) Holiday memory journal or scrapbook.

This one is a best bet for keeping memories. Did you really wear your hair that way?

18) Get outdoors sometime.

Frisbee tournament, touch football.

19) Attend a local community Christmas event.

Parades, choral nights. Get out and about.

20) Try a New Year’s Eve event.

I know it’s past your bedtime but give it a try this year. There is more to New Years than the bowl games, really

List adapted from Jim Burns, comments Frank Walker.
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Frank J Walker LMFT

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