First of all, I want to wish a very Merry Christmas to you and your family! Christmas and New Years are my favorite holidays.This is the season of giving, reflection, praise, service, family and friends. This is a season of holiday traditions. Since it’s too late to develop new traditions for today perhaps you can create new traditions for the week between Christmas and New Years. Hence this pretty awesome list of 10 creative holiday traditions you can try this week.
The activities I include in this list are great for you to do in a group and/or in your solitude. I Take a look at this list and maybe you can add some of these ideas to your roster of festive activities. Maybe you can consider some of these activities for New Years Eve.
- Holiday Brunch– The holidays are a time to connect with family and friends. Therefore, it’s important to schedule some face time with the one’s we love as well as Christmas dinner. Having a Holiday brunch at your home or favorite eatery is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. You can also honor those who may not share your faith. New Years Day is a great time to have a holiday brunch. Just a thought.
- Gift & Game Night– I’ve hosted a Gift & Game Night since Christmas 1998. I invite family and friends over for a spaghetti dinner, gift exchange hilarious evening of games.
- Blind Blessings– I love to “blindly bless” people throughout the year but I make it a point to do random acts of kindness during the holiday season. There are many reasons to tie in random acts of kindness into your holiday traditions. Most of all it can serve as a reminder to be kind all year. You can buy gifts for unsuspecting friends or neighbors. Pay for an unsuspecting person’s groceries and do it anonymously. Any type of blind blessing you think of will do because the point is to bless someone.
- Holiday Vision Board Party– There’s nothing like starting off a new year with a fresh vision. I attended a vision board party in March and by June one of the images on my board became reality. Maybe you’ve attended a vision board party before, but have you ever worked it into your holiday festivities? Furthermore, here’s an opportunity to use New Year’s themes and get rid of old magazines at the same time.
- Gratitude Reflections– Last Christmas I gave all of my friends gratitude jars and this year I will begin my new tradition of gratitude reflections. On New Years Eve I will read all of my entries in my gratitude Jar and reflect on the great things that happened in 2016. While you may not be able to do the gratitude reflections this year you can at least begin the gratitude jar process. To read more about gratitude jars CLICK HERE.
- Future Me Letters– This is the time of year where most people set resolutions for the next year. I have to be honest, those resolutions never work for me, therefore, I stop making them. One thing that is pretty helpful is to write a litter to my future self and include all the things I want to do by the end of the year. I use the site FutureMe.org to write and send myself an emailed letter that I will receive at the future date I set. I will make this a yearly activity so I will set my dates to receive my letters on New years Eve of every year.
- Secret Service Santa– Since I’ve mentioned Blind Blessings already, spending time during the holiday season in service to someone else is a wonderful tradition. Locate places in your community were you can serve. Help out at a soup kitchen. Knit hats and scarves for the homeless. Finally, find a worthy cause and dedicate your time and talent to it.
- 6 Last Days– Dedicate each day between December 26th and December 31 to completing tasks. Since these are the last 6 days of the year put them to good use. Here’s you last chance to complete goals, tasks, promises made the previous year.
- Yearly Scrapbook Party- Much as I love scrap booking, having an attached holiday event only seems right. Here’s a creative way to record the events of the year and be social at the same time.
- 52 Goals- I learned about this from a friend. Write out one goal you want to accomplish for each week of the coming year.
These are my suggestions for creative holiday traditions. I would love to hear about your traditions. Please make your comments below.