Nearly every family has traditions they take part in each holiday season, making memories together to look back on with fondness through the years. Though certain customs remain the same throughout the ages, it's never too late to start another one. This year, get into the spirit by trying out an exciting new tradition with your loved ones. If you need inspiration, check out some of the Jiffy Steamer family's favorite traditional and unique holiday traditions!
Make an Annual Ornament or Decoration
One of the most fun parts of the season is getting to deck the halls. Turn the decorating process into a trip down memory lane by crafting a special ornament each year that reminds your family of holidays past. This activity is especially fun for the little ones, as they can take pride in making something that gets displayed in your home year after year. Check out these fun ideas for homemade ornaments that the kids can help make!
(Tip: Before starting your seasonal decorating, you may want to prep with our guide to getting the house freshened up for the holidays!)
See the Lights
This one is a true classic. Everyone has memories of loading into the car and taking a trip to a local park or neighborhood that had been lit up for the holidays. There's just something magical and irresistible about those twinkling lights and Santa's perched on rooftops. Check out this Christmas light finder to find a display near you!
For many, the holidays are a time of joy. But for those less fortunate and facing hard times, they can be a struggle. Get into the true spirit of the season by giving back. This is a tradition that will teach the little ones the importance of lending a helping hand and being grateful for life's blessings. You can donate old toys to needy children, or participate in a gift donation program like Operation Christmas Child. You can also make and send holiday cards to hospitalized children to spread some hope and cheer. The important thing is simply taking the time to help someone, no matter what method you choose.
Create a Gift Scavenger Hunt
Make them work for those presents! Keep the mystery of the holidays alive by putting together a gift scavenger hunt. You can have it leading up to the holiday, or on the big day itself. Hide one or more presents somewhere in the house, leaving hints to the location. Make it easy on yourself with these printable scavenger hunt riddles and clues. The hints can come from you, Santa or even the elves. They'll be even more excited by the gift when they finally find it!
Read a Holiday Story Together Each Night
Each night of the month leading up to the holiday, take some time together before bedtime to read a holiday story. Visions of sugarplum fairies will be dancing in the children's heads each night, and it's a sneaky way to get them practicing their reading skills. Check out this list of classic holiday stories for ideas on what to read each night.
Take a Family Holiday Photo
Make sure to capture photographic evidence of all the exciting memories. Make it fun with matching pajamas or ugly Christmas sweaters, or put on your fancy clothes and strike a pose! If you're not particularly fond of these options, check out this list of 100 festive family photo ideas for 2017. Be sure to steam away any wardrobe wrinkles with one of Jiffy's clothing steamers before snapping the pic, though. Crumpled clothing is a sure way to end up on the naughty list.
There you have it - six fun traditions that any family can take up this year. And if you're still looking for the perfect gift idea, grab the best garment steamer on the market for your friends and family!