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Top 5 Homemade Christmas Traditions

To us, homemade means made with love. Work family crafting fun into your holiday traditions with these 5 ideas.

Sure, we celebrate Christmas with lots of gift giving and pretty decorations, but one thing we always strive to remember are our family traditions during the holidays.

This year, enhance or start new Christmas traditions with the family using one of our homemade ideas below

Dated Ornaments

When a new baby arrives or a couple first marries, it is common to receive an ornament dated with the current year. But don't let it end there!

Make it a point to make your own ornament (or ornaments!) each year, together as a family--and date them! Easy ornaments  for younger kids include decorating styrofoam balls or pre-cut wood shapes in glitter, yarn or ribbon or for older kids, paint on plain glass ornament balls. Check out some of our Christmas craft ideas for more suggestions and inspirations!

Holiday Concert

Young children love to perform, so why not start up an annual family concert? Gather the kids and plan a song to sing or play on an instrument, a dance, a poem, anything they would be happy to perform! Recording it will make it that much more special when you’re looking back on the performances years later. Check out our top Christmas songs to get song selections.

Cookies for Santa

Sure we all leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, but why not take it a step further. Make a day out of planning, baking and decorating a special dish of cookies that is only for Santa.

If you’re really crafty, poke holes in the cookies before baking them and then later string them up as ornaments for a mini, tabletop tree that is just for Santa!

If you're more of a cupcake person, we have some great Christmas cupcake recipes that you are sure to love.

Holiday Stories

Set aside time to read a holiday story with the kids. Treasured tales such at 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and The Christmas Bell are all favorites, but why not have your child come up with their own story?

Have them type it up (or do it for them!) and then design a cover for it out of contruction paper or scrapbook paper. Then, take this story out each year and ask them to read it to you!

Alternatively, spend the days leading up to Santa's arrival watching Christmas movies. We love the idea of introducing kids to old classics like A Christmas Story and also watching newer stories like Elf. Check out our top Christmas movies to watch!

Make Gift Wrap

Making all of your own wrapping paper for all of your holiday gifts can be overwhelming, however, working with the kids to make gift wrap for the presents they might be giving themselves is definitely doable and fun.  

Pair them with homemade Christmas Cards for an extra special effect. Or, wrap your homemade Christmas gifts in your very own gift wrap to make your gift super special and personalized. Making this a tradition encourages their creativity and imagination! When the kids are young, have them make their finger and hand prints on plain Kraft paper. As the kids get older, work in rubber stamps, stickers, their own artwork - anything that gives the paper a special, personal touch.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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