When new families are just starting out, Christmas can be an especially memorable and special time of the year. Almost every incidental activity that the family engages in has the potential to become a Christmas tradition in your family. From such simple things as making cookies to complex gif-opening rituals, each family has their own traditions. In fact, there are nearly as many Christmas traditions as there are families!
Christmas traditions often start by accident for some families. One family, for example, always eats Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve. This all started one year when the couple was first married, and things were so hectic on Christmas Eve that they decided to go out for dinner. Of course, no place was open all around the entire town. Finally, they came across a small Chinese take-out place. Every year thereafter, even after the children came, they eat Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve. In this case, the Christmas tradition started around a silly bit of poor planning, and became very memorable for the entire family.
Many families decide to start their own Christmas traditions in a more methodical manner. The spouses can look at the traditions that your family and your spouse’s family had when you were growing up. You can look at them together, and talk about which ones you will keep as a new family, and which ones can go by the wayside. You can also start thinking about traditions that you have heard that other families practice, and add them to the list. Then, you need to think about how those traditions work with your family. If you have children or plan to have children, how will they fit in with those traditions? When starting Christmas traditions in your family, it is important to think about how those traditions will play out in the long term.
Families should also always be open to starting new Christmas traditions. As you talk to other families or read stories of other families, you might find Christmas traditions that sound appealing. Try them out one year, and if they don’t work for your family or your family just doesn’t enjoy them, try something else next year. Before you know it, your familiy will have started may Christmas traditions of their own.