What are your vacation traditions

10 holiday traditions for small families

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    Let everyone be a boss

    Have each member of the family do some of the meal. Spend a little time in the week before planning what you will have and who will be responsible for each part. If you have a small kitchen, or if your children are young, help them prepare their portion of the meal the night before.

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    Say thanks

    Spend some time at the table and share what you are most grateful for. If you think your kids weren't going to go out of their way to express their thanks orally, consider turning this popular holiday tradition on its head by asking them to demonstrate or illustrate what they're most grateful for this year . (In fact, this could be your favorite holiday tradition if your kids can surprise you by saying how grateful they are for you are .)

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    Share your favorite faith-based holiday traditions

    Read stories and passages about the holidays you celebrate. Or have your kids put on a play of their own to demonstrate the true meaning of the vacation. You can work on it while you prepare the food.

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    Celebrate the vacation with handicrafts

    Let your children decorate the dining table, their rooms or the exterior of your house with Christmas decorations. Additionally, when celebrating Thanksgiving, spend some time after dinner with homemade Christmas decorations and decorations. Especially if you love handicrafts but usually don't have time to do them in December, this is an ideal family activity for Thanksgiving night.

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    Take a family walk

    Make family one of your regular vacation traditions. After you have enjoyed the feast together, let everyone do the cleaning and then take a leisurely stroll before dessert.

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    Check out a Holiday Classic

    After dinner, you can enjoy a holiday classic together that the whole family can enjoy.

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    Play games together

    Another favorite among holiday traditions for small families is playing together. From a traditional charade game to board games or video games for your kids, having fun together is a great way to spend the vacation.

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    Out of the house

    Schedule some fun together after dinner. For example, go bowling, watch a movie, or drive around town and check out the Christmas decorations. Just for fun, you might even have your kids vote for the best.

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    Make a list

    At any time of the year it seems that there are so many things that we want to do but never achieve. Why not make a list one of your regular vacation traditions? For example, after dinner on Thanksgiving, make a list of what you want to do before Christmas. Then, at Christmas, make a list of what to do during the winter break or the new year.

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    Reach out to others

    Find a way to weave others for your vacation traditions. Sing Christmas carols at a local nursing home, make cards for the troops, or have dessert at a local women's shelter. Not only will this teach your children valuable lessons about what is really important, but it will also lift your spirits.