6 Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Toddler
I can't believe we've hit the holiday season already! I swear I just dug out the shorts and t-shirts out of the back of the closet for the kids, and here we are already needing sweaters and winter jackets.
While it may seem like December is still a little while away (and we should wait until Thanksgiving has come and gone before we think too much about the holidays in December), it will creep up on us just as quickly as the cold has.
If you have a young toddler who is just at that age when they're realizing all the magic that happens during this time of year, it's the perfect time to start traditions. I had them during my childhood — from Christmas cookies to making the worst decorated tree we could (my siblings and I, my parents were none too impressed) — and they're what make the holidays so memorable.
If you're looking to start some holiday traditions with your toddler, here are six that you can begin now because your kids are the perfect age to help and continue each year after.
Make holiday cookies
It was one of my favorite things when I was a kid — not to make the cookies, but to eat them. I am not much of a baker, but it was something my siblings really looked forward to doing with my parents.
Toddlers are at that right age when they want to help, and there are a lot of ways they can when it comes to baking — stirring the mix, pouring in ingredients, and, of course, eating the final product are all ways your toddler can help.
As if waiting for the holiday to roll around is not enough, this is one of the more fun ways to get your toddler involved in the excitement: holiday countdowns.
In the past, we used the store-bought chocolate calendars that counted down to Christmas, which is a perfect tradition on its own, but if you're interested in doing a little something extra, why not make your own?
Check out these 30 DIY Christmas Advent Calendars from Lolly Jane.
Hide the elf/angel, etc
Personally, I don't care for the idea behind the very popular “Elf on the Shelf,” but if you find it fun and want to add it to your holiday traditions, it's a great time to start when your child is a toddler.
If you love the idea of the “Elf on the Shelf” but want a little something different, check out 3 Alternatives to “Elf on the Shelf.”
Secret exchange for charity
I love the idea of using the holiday season to teach our kids about giving to others and the spirit of coming together, and that's why a secret exchange for charity as a holiday tradition with your toddler is such a great idea. Getting them into the spirit of giving when they're young and keeping that going is a wonderful touch for the holidays.
Need an idea on how to give during the holidays? Check and see if there's a toy drive near you.
Visit the tree farm
If you celebrate the holidays using a Christmas tree, make the hunt for the perfect tree a tradition for the whole family. While your toddler is young, they can still have their vote heard when it comes to choosing which tree is the perfect one for that year's celebrations.
Need to find a tree farm near you? Check out the tree locator from the National Christmas Tree Association.
Make (or buy) a yearly ornament
This is a tradition we're big on doing each year, and it started when my husband and I got engaged. Each year, we choose an ornament that represents something from that year. If you're into doing this with your family, have your toddler help out by either having a say in which ornament to buy or you can all get together and make your own each year.
What are some of your yearly traditions you've started with your kids? Share in the comments!Read More