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Creating New Traditions: 10 Ideas for a Memorable Christmas with Family and Friends

10th December 2023
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The festive season is a magical time of year that often conjures up images of twinkling lights, the aroma of mulled wine, and the sounds of classic carols. It’s a time steeped in tradition, from the Christmas tree to the stocking hung by the fireplace.

For some of us, though, ,the thoughts of Christmasses past might not fill us with joy. Growing up with an alcoholic mother, this is a particularly sore topic for me so I learned as a mother or my own children, to carve out new traditions with my girls, once I started on my journey to feeling happier and healthier.

But whatever your circumstances, whether it’s about your first year on your own, or a blended Christmas, what about creating new traditions? This year, why not add a personal touch to your holiday celebrations with some unique and memorable traditions? Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Festive Foodie Gatherings

Why not start a tradition of a themed Christmas Eve dinner? Each year, pick a different country and cook traditional dishes from that place. It’s a delightful way to explore new cuisines and learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. You could even dress up in traditional attire from the chosen country for an added element of fun!

2. The Great Christmas Bake-Off

Gather your family and friends for a festive baking day. Choose a selection of recipes, divide into teams, and see who can create the most delicious or artistically decorated Christmas treats. Not only is this a fun activity, but it also means you’ll have plenty of homemade goodies to enjoy over the holiday season.

3. Handmade Decoration Day

Set aside a day to create handmade decorations with your loved ones. It could be as simple as making paper snowflakes or as elaborate as crafting your own wreaths. These handmade treasures can be used to decorate your home and even given as heartfelt gifts to friends and family.

4. A Night of Christmas Stories

Gather around the fireplace, or create a cosy nook with blankets and cushions, and share your favourite Christmas stories or books. This could become a cherished part of your family’s Christmas Eve ritual, especially for the little ones.

5. Charity and Community Spirit

Start a tradition of giving back. This could be volunteering at a local shelter, organizing a toy drive, or helping out at a community Christmas event. It’s a wonderful way to teach the value of kindness and compassion during the festive season.

6. Seasonal Scavenger Hunt

Create a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt for your family and friends. It could involve finding specific decorations, performing holiday-themed tasks, or solving festive riddles. This is a great way to add a bit of adventure to your holiday celebrations.

7. Christmas Movie Marathon

Choose a weekend in December for a Christmas movie marathon. Each family member gets to pick their favourite festive film. Don’t forget the popcorn and hot cocoa!

8. Memory Jar

Throughout the year, write down happy moments and achievements on slips of paper and place them in a jar. On New Year’s Eve, open the jar and read them together. It’s a beautiful way to reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the new one.

9. Personalised Gift Exchange

Instead of traditional gift-giving, try a personalised gift exchange. Set a theme each year, like handmade gifts, books, or something related to a hobby. It adds a personal touch to the gift-giving process. You can find some beautiful gift ideas on our lifestyle brand HERE

10. The Christmas Walk

Start a tradition of a Christmas Day or Boxing Day walk. It could be a stroll around your neighbourhood to see the lights or a hike in a nearby nature spot. It’s a lovely way to enjoy the beauty of the season and get some fresh air.


Creating new traditions can add an extra layer of specialness to your Christmas celebrations. These traditions become the cherished memories that we look back on fondly and pass down through generations. So, why not start this year and see what unique traditions you can create with your loved ones?

And to help you navigate the festive season with even more ease, don’t forget to download my FREE Christmas Survival Guide. It covers issues and ideas such as: boundaries, time management techniques, triggers, how to feel connected, accepting your feelings, choosing your thoughts, setting realising expectations, and more… to make your holiday season both joyful and stress-free. Happy holidays! 🎄✨


Read also my blogs on 7 Tips to Make Christmas More Festive & Joyful and My Top 5 Tips if You’re Finding Christmas Just Too Much This Year

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