Family Holiday / Seasonal Traditions

As we enter into the upcoming season, I can’t help but get excited for all of the traditions that we get to continue doing and / or start with Fletcher! I recently had someone request that I share these and I thought it would be a fun way to remember the special things we hope to do each year!

Growing up, some of my favorite memories involved the traditions that we participated in year after year — I’d love to start some of these in our little family. Also, I am writing this post in the hope / plan that we will add more kids to our crew in the coming years, so kids is written as plural. :)

PS Here’s an old post of mine about some of my favorite holiday memories!

School

  • First + last day of school pictures on our front porch

  • Snack + catch up about their days at school upon arriving home each afternoon

  • One-on-one shopping + out to lunch trip with each kid to shop for back to school clothes

  • School supply shopping as a family

Fall

  • Growing up, we always attended a heritage celebration in my grandma’s town — I’d love to get back into this tradition

  • Family photos

  • Fall baking day with cousins - Chex mix, pumpkin bread, ginger cookies, etc.

  • Apple orchard visits

  • Football Sundays at home

  • Attending Parade of Homes is something Andy and I started doing early on in our dating days and we plan to take Fletcher this year — he LOVES people watching so we are thinking he will get a kick out of this

  • Decorating the front porch with pumpkins and fall planters

Halloween

  • Visiting a pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, and roasting the seeds

  • Trick or treating through our neighborhood

  • Early on in our marriage, Andy and I started having pizza each Halloween night — this would be a fun tradition to continue especially since it’s a quick and easy dinner before heading out to trick or treat with the kids

  • Handing out candy to trick or treaters that visit our home

  • Having a dish of candy corn + peanuts on the coffee table — my grandma got me hooked on this tradition when I was a little girl and it’s been fun to continue it each year in my adult life

Thanksgiving

  • I’d love to start a tradition of a special Thanksgiving morning breakfast — perhaps The Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls or something like that

  • Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as a family

  • Having our kids be involved with prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving dinner

  • Andy and I have recently started the tradition of watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles during the week of Thanksgiving — probably won’t have our kids join in on this one until they’re much older, but it’s a fun tradition for the two of us!

  • Starting gratitude journals for each kid as they get older

Winter

  • Sledding

  • Ice skating

Christmas

  • Andy and I have started the tradition of putting up our Christmas tree the weekend after Halloween so that we can enjoy it longer

  • Continuing our tradition of watching Home Alone the night that we set up our Christmas tree

  • Holiday baking day with cousins — sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, Chex mix, Muddy buddies, Oreo truffles, etc.

  • Visiting Santa at the mall

  • Writing letters to Santa

  • Helping out a family / child in need around the holidays

  • Putting together and sending off shoeboxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child

  • Christmas jammies — most likely Burt’s Bees since we love that brand

  • Christmas music!

  • Watching all of our favorite Christmas movies

  • Attending a performance of The Nutcracker

  • Driving around to look at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music

  • Attending a Christmas Eve service at church

  • Decorating gingerbread houses

  • Looking at Christmas decorations at the local mall

New Year’s

  • We always had a “fancy” family dinner of crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and sparkling white grape juice. I’m not a huge seafood person anymore, but I’d love to start this tradition up with our family. Maybe we make it into a family game night as well.

Birthdays

  • Special birthday dinner either at home or at a restaurant

  • Birthday parties with their friends

Valentine’s Day

  • Little gifts + cards at their place at the table in the morning

Easter

  • Egg hunt with cousins

  • Easter baskets

  • Attending church as a family

  • Attending a Good Friday service

Summer

  • Picnics in the park

  • Swimming at the gym’s outdoor pool

4th of July

  • Pic with cousins in their matching patriotic tees

  • Watching fireworks

  • Andy and I have always done a trip to the mall on the 4th — not sure if we will continue this as our kids are older though

What are some of your favorite family traditions?