It’s that time of year — sleigh bells are jingling, and the gift wrapping’s begun. Christmas is coming, we’re only a couple weeks out. Of course, a recurring conversation piece among some is the matter of Christmas traditions.
“What are your family’s Christmas traditions?” we recently overheard someone ask a friend.
Whether you just started a family of your own or you’re simply looking for something new, Christmas traditions make the holiday season a little extra special. Each family has their own unique traditions. Some give the common traditions their own unique little twist. Today we’re going to look at some common home traditions you can try this year.
7 Fun mobile home Christmas traditions you can try this year
Whether it’s stockings or an all-out Christmas dinner, there’s something for every family. And here’s the best part: if it’s not a good fit, you can try something else next year. Don’t be afraid to give a tradition your own unique flair. Every family is special and has a different style.
1 – Hang up the stockings
First, on our list, we have Christmas stockings. Traditionally, they’re hung over the fireplace mantle. But who says you need a fireplace to participate in the stocking tradition?
Don’t let the lack of a fireplace deter you from a fun tradition. Each Christmas stocking hung represents an individual member of the family. The stockings are filled with goodies for Christmas. Some families choose to fill the stocking the night prior to Christmas. That’s completely up to you!
2 – Christmas dinner
Now, how about a traditional Christmas dinner? Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day. Go all out this Christmas season and host a classic Christmas dinner. Invite friends to join you and contribute to the fine spread of food and dessert.
Turkey, ham, duck, goose — oh my. There are a host of possibilities for a classic Christmas dinner menu. Go all out and try something you’ve never tried before. Or stick to what you know. It’s up to you.
For fun, you could incorporate a new-to-you dish each year. You never know what new favorite dish you’ll discover in the process.
3 – Bake Christmas cookies
Now let’s talk about baking Christmas cookies. It’s the season of giving — what’s better than homemade cookies? Really. There’s something special about cookies that are made in a home kitchen.
It’s a true labor of love and to receive something homemade is always a welcome and extra special gift.
So get out there and buy some fun holiday cookie cutter shapes and get to it. It’s a great project to involve the kids in — from making the cookies to wrapping them up in a quaint package.
And don’t forget about your neighbors — cookies make great gifts for them too!
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, consider hosting a holiday cookie exchange.
4 – Gingerbread house competition
And here’s a fun idea — host a gingerbread house competition in your home. The kids will love it. Building a gingerbread house is a great holiday tradition. But you can make it competitive by dividing the household into two teams to participate in a gingerbread house competition. You can draw names or pit girls against boys.
Once the two gingerbread homes are built, post them to social media without stating which family members built what house. Ask your followers to vote. The house with the most votes is the winner of this year’s gingerbread house competition.
You can’t beat the fun that can be had with making something in a competitive spirit. Get the hot cocoa going and turn on the holiday music. Make it a fun evening for the family. If you don’t have a family to share the fun with, invite friends over for a relaxing evening of fun!
5 – Open a gift before the big day
Here’s a tradition the kids will love. To build up the excitement for Christmas Day, invite the kids to open one of their gifts the night before. It gives them a taste of what’s to come and it’s a fun tradition they’ll look forward to year after year. Kids won’t let you forget, that’s for sure.
As a side note, you may want to choose which gift they’ll be opening — if you want to save the best for Christmas Day.
6 – Elf on a shelf
Another fun Christmas tradition is “elf on a shelf.” The idea is that you have a toy elf in your home. Legend says the elf is a special scout sent from the North Pole to see how your kids are behaving. That’s how Santa knows if your kids are on the naughty or nice list. Each day, when the kids aren’t watching, the parents will move the elf to a new location.
Whether your family keeps up with the Santa myth or not, Elf on a Shelf can add a little holiday fun as the elf mysteriously moves around the house and is positioned in funny ways.
7 – Decorate a Christmas tree
And finally, think about decorating a Christmas tree. Don’t let a small mobile home deter you from participating in Christmas tree decorating. Even a small tree will bring a festive spirit into your home.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
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