Creating Christmas Traditions

Gift giving can be full of tradition-worthy moments as a family develops its own quirky habits. Embrace your family's oddities and turn them into yearly practice. If Grandpa Ed refuses to tear the wrapping paper on his gifts, and instead uses a letter-opener to preserve the precious stuff, make it a family custom. Start labeling the white side of the wrapping paper with the year and recipient info, and reuse the paper next year. In 40 years your kids might still be using that scrap of bright green snowman paper from Uncle Jimmy's first set of skis. Plus, you're helping to reduce waste, which is great for the environment!

You can also establish a gift tradition and build up your ornament supply at the same time. When you first start your own family, the Christmas tree might look fairly bare. To build your ornament collection, create the tradition of giving each member of the family a new Christmas ornament each year. Label the ornament with the date and the recipient's name. Then each year when you decorate your tree, you'll be reminded of all the wonderful Christmases that your family has spent together. For an extra-special gift, make the ornaments yourself.



Where Should Newborns Sleep?
We've rounded up all the alternatives and considerations to make a safe choice for your new addition.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

5 Tips to Help Make Your Child Self-Sufficient
Follow these tips to help your child become self-sufficient, and help him learn the skills he'll need to take care of himself.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks