Making New Family Traditions for the Holidays

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The holiday season is best for being able to spend time with friends and family. One of the best ways to spend and enjoy time together with these loved ones are through creating new holiday traditions. These traditions can be big or small, as long as they are enjoyed by all involved. Coming up with new holiday traditions is not always the easiest thing to do, so here are four ideas that you can try with your family and friends!

12 Days of Christmas… In the Theater

One of the best parts about the holidays are the movies! There are many timeless classics that can be enjoyed by the entire family or with friends. One tradition a member of Creative Sound and Integration started a few years ago is 12 Days of Christmas Movie Joy. The tradition is simple: choose twelve Christmas classics and watch them together as the days lead up to Christmas! Relaxing times in your home theater have never sounded better! Because it is not always possible to watch one movie every night from the 13th through the 25th, this is a tradition that can be started either at the beginning of December or even on Thanksgiving. As long as you watch all twelve movies before Christmas, then the schedule that you use to watch the movies can be whatever you want! Here is a quick list of some of possibilities that you can include on your 12 days of Christmas movie list!

  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • The Santa Clause (All three of them of course!)
  • The Polar Express
  • White Christmas
  • Elf
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Frosty The Snowman

Christmas Lights

Another great part about the holidays are the Christmas lights. An easy family tradition that you can start, if you already haven’t in one way or another, is putting up the lights together. Pick a day at the beginning of the season and set up a holiday adventure in lights in your front yard. Through timers and lighting control systems, once you have your lights set up, they can do the rest and turn on themselves every night throughout the month! Setting up the lights does not have to be the only part of the tradition, however, because what fun is it to only set up your lights and not go out and find all of the houses whose lights compete with yours? Taking your family on a drive to find the houses with the best Christmas light set up is a great tradition to take part of every year.

Holiday Playlist

As we have seen, holiday traditions do not always have to be hard. One easy tradition that you and your family can do is simply making a holiday playlist. Have everyone in the family pick a few of their favorite Christmas songs and make a playlist that you can stream on an audio/video system throughout the entire house during this time of the year!

Holiday Activities for the Adults

Holiday parties are always fun, but the activities involved are usually what makes the parties unforgettable. Once the kids go to bed, there are many games that the adults can have fun with. One great game that can be made to fit the holiday theme is “Left, Center, Right”. This game can be played with anything from real money to game chips. In order to make it more holiday focused, here are the instructions using candy canes as the preferred item of distribution.

  • Every player involved receives three candy canes
  • Each player gets a turn to roll a six sided dice. The dice is labeled “L”, “C”,”R” on three separate sides, with the three remaining sides containing one dot on each of them. If you do not have the dice that comes with the actual game, this should not be too hard to create by using normal dice and modifying them to fit these descriptions.
  • Every time that a player rolls an “L” or an “R”, they have to pass a candy cane (chip, dollar bill, etc.) to the left or right, respectively. If a player rolls a “C”, then they must donate a candy cane to the center, which will result as the final pot. If a player rolls a dot, then there is no consequence.
  • A player rolls the dice as many times as is equal to the amount of candy canes that they have. Three candy canes equals three rolls, and so on. This allows players who lose all of their candy canes to remain in the game, as there is always a possibility of receiving someone else’s depending on if they roll a “L” or “R”.
  • The winner is the last person with any candy canes left. They get to keep all of their candy canes, and take everything in the center pot.

The holidays are some of the most enjoyable times of the year. Making new holiday traditions with friends and family is a great way of being able to more fully enjoy each other’s time each and every year when the season rolls around. We would love to hear of some of the holiday traditions that you have! Tell us through the comments below, or through our Facebook or Twitter pages!

About the Author

Doug Greenwald founded Creative Sound and Integration with his business partner Ed Moreeau in 2001. Since then Creative Sound and Integration has been a leader in the home automation industry providing their customers with superior technology and customer service.