The holiday season is a time for family and spreading cheer. With everything going on this year, some of your normal holiday traditions may be put on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holidays with family.
Here are some socially distant holiday traditions that can be done from your own home.
Matching Family Pajamas
One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting matching pajamas every Christmas — even my aunts and cousins get in on the fun. Matching pajamas make for great pictures around the tree the night before and on Christmas morning. There are plenty of fun, festive matching pajamas in stores and online.
Seeing Christmas Lights
Christmas is an exciting time for the whole family, especially kids. Calm them down (a little) and drive around surrounding neighborhoods to look at the outdoor Christmas lights. Take it to the next level and get the kids glasses that turn the lights into shapes like Santa Claus, Christmas trees and other festive shapes.
Advent Activity Calendar
Instead of buying a regular Advent Calendar, make one on your own that is filled with different activities you can do together as a family. Each day leading up to Christmas, have a holiday-related activity planned for the family. Activities could include watching a holiday movie together, making a holiday craft, doing a puzzle, baking cookies and more. This is the perfect thing to get the family into the holiday spirit and to spend some quality time together.
Holiday Movie Night
Take some time out of your busy schedule to watch holiday movies, new and old. If your children haven’t been introduced to the classics like Home Alone, The Santa Clause or Miracle on 34th Street, now is the perfect time to watch them — don’t forget to throw in some new ones, too!
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit now offers a new, 90-minute Mexican Doll Workshop perfect for families. Children are invited to design their own Mexican rag doll using colored ribbons and fabrics. Offering a unique bonding experience for families, the workshop also supports the local community and honors the indigenous women who started the craft.
Valley Forge National Historical Park is a great place to bring your history-loving family. Located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the park is the site of the 1777–1778 winter encampment of the Continental army during the American Revolutionary War. Today, the 3,500-acre park boasts trails, replicas and other historical markers perfect for learning more about Valley Forge’s place in our nation’s history.