With the last Christmas of this decade coming up in 36 days (I had to look that up lol), it’s a great year to incorporate some new family traditions to take into every decade after this one ends this Christmas. Can you still remember the traditions your grandparents and parents held when you were little?
Here are some I will never forget and want to encourage you to add one or all five to your family traditions too.
The Reason for the Season
It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the shopping (especially online) and presents; but adding in remembering that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior is so needed in this consumerism-filled world. Random acts of kindness, serving others, volunteering, etc. are all great things to add into your calendar.
Advent calendars are the perfect way to do this! The lessons learned and taught through this Advent season will carry your children through to adulthood and more. Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
I want to share a few of my faves over the years…
for teens and older
Cooking & Goodie Baking
In our family, we set aside a day or two for Christmas cookie and goodies baking. I actually add it onto one or two of our Advent Calendar days! My grandmother and sweet mama would get all of the kids into baking. The kitchen gets messy and loud; and the memories are forever! Add in some Christmas music and voila…instant fun.
Most of our goodies are given away to friends and neighbors and they are the JOY in giving that people just love. No one will turn you away with free yummies and you’ll most likely receive a bunch of oooohhhhs and aaahhhhs and hugs.
Decorating the Tree or Trees + a new ornament
Nowadays, a lot of homes have several trees that will require decorating. Growing up, I didn’t know anyone that had more than one tree; but it is so fun to have your kids, year after year, look forward to decorating their own bedroom tree. It doesn’t have to be big, in fact, our children have tabletop sized trees in their rooms. No matter The size, this tradition, will be one The whole family is thrilled to keep!
Each year, The whole immediate family gets a new ornament that symbolizes what they love that year. We’ve had sports, video games, dogs, a piece of bacon and a fisherman. Our traditional tree holds both vintage ornaments from childhood and our new yearly ornaments as well. Pretty soon, we may need a 12-foot tree!
I’d love to hear about your tree or trees. How many do you have? Decorator-style or traditional family trees or both?? Tell me in The comments!
Christmas Eve Church Service
Going to the candlelight Christmas Eve service at church is something I look forward to all year. I love every aspect of it; and my family does too. We sing by candlelight, worship The Lord, and hear about His birth. It is truly life-giving to me in what can be a weary season of go go go. The school break, plus all of the parties, and seeing so many of our loved ones is so special!
Even if it’s one of the only days out of the year to go to church as a family, I want to encourage you to go.
Last up for the 5 Christmas Traditions to Keep Going for the Coming Decade is….
Christmas day is full of wrapping paper, trash, food, laughters, and love of new things; and joy abounds on this day most years. However, for some of us, Christmas is yet another holiday we are missing a loved one. It is a day wrapped in joy and grief. Life keeps moving and it is so very short; so live each day of the coming decade to the fullest of joy, laughter, passion and love.
Thank you for sharing this with others too. Keep the faith and Choose Joy daily friends.
Many blessings to ya!