Family Friendly Holiday Traditions

The weather is finally turning “cooler” here in Louisiana, and that means gumbo on the stove, pulling down all the red and green decorations, putting up the Christmas tree, and all the fun holiday traditions.

Those special traditions get us into the spirit of the Christmas season and create lasting memories. When I was little my parents would always let us open one gift after mass on Christmas Eve. It was always matching family pajamas. I love the tradition so much that I’ve continued it with my own family.

Below is a list of traditions to start with your family this Christmas season.

Family Christmas Excursions. I’m a certified homebody, but during the holidays it is nice to get out around town. Make up a batch of hot chocolate and take a drive around your neighborhood looking at all the Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music. Also, check out your local holiday drive and walkthrough displays.

“Writing Letters” to the Big Man. Starting early in November, I find myself telling my children “put it on your Christmas list” when they see something on television or at the store. We have started taking it one step further by snapping a photo of them with the actual item, that way we can quickly text Santa.

Special Ornaments. Have an ornament-making party. Get out the glitter, glue, and markers. Let your children’s imaginations run wild. If DIYs aren’t your cup of tea, then let your children pick out one ornament each year at the store. Make sure to add their initials and date to the bottom so that they can put them on the tree each year.

Magic Rudolph Food. Enjoy sprinkling homemade “reindeer food” on the front lawn. Click here for an easy recipe.

Spreading Joy. The holiday season is the perfect opportunity for a family service project. Help teach your children the true meaning of Christmas by giving back. Let your children pick out a few toys to donate to a local toy drive or drop off several non-perishable items at the local food bank.

More Holiday Traditions for your family to enjoy:

  • Christmas movie night
  • Decorating cookies for Santa

  • Advent calendars
  • Making gingerbread houses
  • Family Christmas pictures
  • Elf on the Shelf

Does your family have any Christmas traditions? Let me know what fun ideas I should add to my list this year.

Elizabeth Boudreaux
Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.


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