Holiday Traditions, Old and New


There are many different holiday traditions for you and your family to choose from.  Some people love the older traditions, the ones that have been around for decades, if not centuries.  Others like more modern traditions, and some families even start their own traditions that are a little different from everyone else’s.  If you’d like to add a tradition to your Christmas, here are a few options, some old, some new.

Some holiday traditions are so old that they’ve become integral to the holiday season.  These include putting up a Christmas tree, hanging stockings, and lighting the Menorah.  These traditions depend on the holiday you celebrate, of course.  The idea of exchanging gifts is common to all of them, and even those who aren’t religious exchange gifts during the holiday season.

Having a family gathering and eating a large meal is another family tradition.  Turkey and ham are often served, although those who really love old traditions will get a Christmas goose.  Apple cider, eggnog, gingerbread cookies, and fruitcake are other traditional food and drink that you might want to include in your Christmas menu.

If you’ve got young children, there are two popular traditions you may want to continue.  You could help them write a letter to Santa asking for gifts (and in some places, even mail it or have it printed in the local paper).  Another tradition is to help your young ones put together a plate of milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.  The story says that he gets very hungry and thirsty delivering all those gifts, so a nice snack is appreciated.  Of course, be sure that “Santa” eats the snack before Christmas morning.

While gifts are usually opened on Christmas morning, some families have a tradition of allowing the children to open one gift on Christmas Eve.  Some split Christmas visits and will go to mom’s family on Christmas Eve and dad’s on Christmas Day in order to have more time to visit.

Some more recent Christmas traditions involve watching holiday movies.  Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and It’s a Wonderful Life are just a few movies that have become family traditions.

Another tradition is attending a performance of The Nutcracker ballet or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Instead of buying gifts for everyone, some families do a secret Santa game.  There are several variations.  In one, each person puts their name in a hat.  Then everyone draws a name, and that’s the person you buy a gift for.  In other families, it’s more of a “dirty” Santa game—everyone brings a gift that many people would enjoy.  Then family members draw numbers and open gifts in that order.  The twist is that the next person to open a gift also has the choice of stealing someone else’s already-opened gift.

While poinsettias are the traditional Christmas flower, there are many amazing arrangements for this holiday.  We can help you with all of your Christmas flower needs in Washington, DC!

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