I’ve been on a mission, you guys. My husband and I have two little girls, an almost 3 year old and 1 year old who are growing up WAAAAY faster than they have any business doing. As a result, we’ve been having a lot of discussions lately in regards to what family traditions we want to implement in our family early on. So that got me thinking about some of the things my family did and what my husband’s did, and while they did pretty well I wanted to get a LOT of input so we could have more ideas to choose from. So what’s my mission, you ask? I have been rounding up some of the most exciting, fun, out-of-the-box family tradition ideas for you to start implementing in your family! Enjoy!
At dinner, each person writes what they love about each person on paper hearts and puts it on their plate. Each member reads out loud all the valentines they received. To add to the fun, don’t put your name on it. Each person has to guess who it’s from!
Parents go to dinner on a day that’s less crowded and less expensive
Make gutter Sundaes – re-purpose an old rain gutter (Or DIY your own!) wash it and fill it up with all kinds of different scoops of ice cream, bananas, and all the Sundae toppings. Give everyone a spoon and go to town!
Make a family Holiday bucket list at the beginning of the month
Each kid gets to unwrap new pajamas on Christmas eve
Christmas Eve box – rather than each kid unwrapping a gift the night before, a Christmas Eve box is filled with snacks, drink mixes, story books or movies, new pajamas or slippers, or a new board game for the family, wrapped, and then opened together.
Snowflake cutout competition. Whoever makes the best one gets to be served a cup of hot chocolate, the rest have to make their own!
Sometime during the Christmas season, pile everyone into the living room with lots of blankets for a campout near the Christmas tree.
Use flour and a template to make “bunny tracks”. Can be used to lead the way to Easter baskets for smaller children
Adult Easter egg hunt: Hide eggs in very tricky places, and instead of candy (or in addition to) fill them with money, gift certificates, small gifts like chapstick or jewelry, or funny family pictures. You can also fill each egg with various pictures of animals or shapes, and the person that finds the most eggs with pictures of whatever you choose, gets a prize.
Golden egg: whoever finds the Golden egg gets a special prize and gets to tell the resurrection story of Jesus’ Atonement and resurrection at dinnertime.
Birthday person doesn’t have to do chores that day
I hope you get as much joy out of reading these ideas as I did! We have already started to implement a few of them, and I can’t wait until my girls get old enough to do even more! I would like to know, though, what family traditions do you have that I can add to my list??
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