The Holidays are an incredible time for families to get together and develop traditions and good habits, but not all Christmas traditions are healthy. In fact, when you think about it, the greed associated with Christmas can actually be extremely unhealthy for a child to grow up with.
This year, instead of developing traditions associated with Christmas gifts, develop some family traditions that don’t revolve around gifts. Check out a few ideas below.
1. Give back
A great way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive is giving back. Instead of focusing the season on the gifts you’re getting, focus it on giving to others. For some families, this could mean saving up coins through the year to donate to a foundation. For other families, it might be better to donate some time to a local nonprofit organization.
2. Do something together
Instead of getting your kids a big gift from “Santa,” get your family an activity together instead. Whether that’s tickets to your local amusement park, tickets to a play, or a sleigh ride—there are plenty of things you can do together as a family that don’t involve gifts.
3. Read a book together
Another great tradition for families is to read books together. Some families decide to read Advent books each night. You could also choose a different, holiday-themed book like “A Christmas Carol.” This gives your family a little bit of time together each night.
4. Visit light shows
Another great holiday tradition that your family can adopt is going to visit light shows. Many cities have their own lighting parties that you can attend. There are also some neighborhoods that make a little extra effort with putting up Christmas lights. Ask friends to see if they have any advice to where you can head.
5. Head to holiday markets
Holiday markets can be a great way for your family to get in the mood for Christmas without thinking about gifts. Whether it’s a craft fair, a food fair, or a light fair—they can all be great ways to bond as a family.
Do you have any family traditions that don’t include gifts? Share with the rest of us on Facebook.
In other news, have you heard the real meaning behind the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day?” Check it out here.