Posted on 15 Nov, 2019
Break out the hot chocolate, and cue the holiday music. It’s the most wonderful time of year! From creating an inspired gingerbread house to hosting friends and family, celebrating happy holiday traditions is a great way to make the season special.
Whether you’re into tried-and-true or ready to make some magical new memories, we have compiled a list full of cheer and a few twists, too.
Start a Sweet Institution
Host a cookie day. Why not extend your family event and make it a neighborhood or friendsgiving celebration? Invite families on your block or special pals to bring over one to two dozen plain sugar cookies. Set out a festive array of frosting, sugar sprinkles and candies and let the decorating commence. Make some extra to drop at a local firehouse or police station.
Set up a hot chocolate bar. Place a tray on your kitchen island or butler’s pantry with homemade cocoa mix, jars of marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes, and other fun toppings or add-ins. Guests will love helping themselves.
Peace on Earth
Teach your children the joy of giving. Allow them to shop for and select a small gift for a sibling or a child in need. Then, wrap the gift for your family celebration or bring it to a holiday parade, Blue Santa program or another charitable organization.
Give elf on a shelf a kindness twist. Many people love the fun and surprises of a toy “Elf on a Shelf,” who keeps watch to see who is naughty and nice. Use the elf instead to send little notes each day, either praising family members for kind acts or suggesting more ways we can help others at home, school or in the community.
Keeping the Magic Alive
“Plant” red hot candies in your yard or planters. Overnight, they “grow” into candy canes.
Track Santa. Put your technology to work and let the kids track Santa using NORAD.
Mixing and Mingling
Embrace delegation for that grand holiday meal. Instead of nonstop shopping, chopping and stuffing, take on the turkey only. Set up a Google doc and accept help. Assign the charcuterie board to the friend who is always snapping food photos for her Instagram. Promote your significant other to bar manager, in charge of all kinds of holiday spirits. Have your kids pick from a plethora of tasks – setting the table or filling water glasses.
Joy to the World
Embrace a global tradition. A fun way to celebrate your heritage or to learn about other cultures is to celebrate a tradition from another country. Learn more here.
Merry and Bright
Put your kids into their pajamas and go for a festive stroll or drive around the neighborhood. Enjoy an evening of twinkling lights, holiday decoration and hot chocolate when you get back home.
Holly, Jolly Fun
Start a holiday time capsule. As the holidays approach, take time to make a list (and check it twice) of highlights of the year. Include family events like marriages, births, new homes, vacay adventures or funny mishaps. Pick a day like Christmas Eve or the last day of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa to read and reminisce.
Have a gift exchange. Gift exchanges are tons of fun. They not only provide entertainment for your holiday party, but they also help ease the pressure of how much to spend with a set amount. Once you’ve gathered your troops, decide on a gift exchange game.
Ready to celebrate holiday traditions in a fabulous new home? Look to Centennial, Pardee Homes’ master-planned community in Menifee. You’ll find flex spaces like lofts and dens so you can make room for guests. Spacious kitchens and living spaces are just right for holiday hosting, too. Contact a New Home Specialist today at (951) 289-5935, or join our Interest List for the latest news and updates.