Christmas Traditions Around the World
1. Opening One Gift on Christmas Eve
Many children await with anticipation as they see their gifts pile up and up around the Christmas tree throughout December. For some, this excitement is heighted by being allowed to select one present prior to falling asleep on Christmas Eve!
2. Leaving Cookies Out for Santa
There’s nothing better than hanging out with friends and family to make holiday cookies to eat and share, with some even leaving a plate out for Santa! This year, in addition to making your annual cookie recipe, challenge yourself to incorporate funky ingredients like pretzels and candy, or test out a new recipe entirely!
3. Topping the Christmas Tree
Do you top your Christmas tree with an angel or star? This annual debate sparks many family-friendly arguments, becoming a sentimental moment for families as they turn the lights on their tree for the first time of the season.
4. Secret Santa
Secret Santa and White Elephant are two names for common holiday gift swapping parties between friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers! Some choose their recipients a month prior, with some selecting them day-of. If you are hosting a gift swap party, consider adding a theme and budget to keep everyone happy as season cheers go on. Challenge: Consider choosing a quirky theme for the swap, like “favorite recipes” or “best 90s TV shows” for a Secret Santa everyone will remember!
5. Giving Back to Your Community
Season’s greetings don’t have to end with those you know. Choose a day to give back to your community, however you see fit. Want to get ahead on New Year’s cleaning resolutions? Challenge your family to fill a box with clothing and toys to donate. Do you have a furry family member? Honor them by donating toys to the dogs and cats at your local animal shelter to cuddle up with as they await their new homes.
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