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14 Unique Holiday Traditions To Start This Year

By Heather Neal |

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I never much thought about Christmas traditions and where they came from until I was grown up, married, and in my own house. Traditions were just traditions; they were just what Christmas was. But once I was out on my own, I realized those were my traditions because somebody in my family started them. Whether it was my parents, my grandparents, or my great-great-great-great grandparents, who knows! The point is that somebody somewhere along the way decided to make things happen. I’m sure they varied over the years, changing with each generation and each branch of the family, but they were still my family’s traditions and they were what made Christmas feel like Christmas.

Once I was married, I was naively shocked to realize that my traditions weren’t necessarily my husband’s traditions. We slowly worked to figure out how to combine our traditions, but it wasn’t until our son came along that we realized it was truly up to us to create his traditions. He’s a little on the young side for understanding Christmas (not quite two years old), but that’s the perfect time to start. (That way if we mess up or don’t like it, he’ll never know!)

Now we just need to come up with what our traditions are going to be. Here are a few fun and unique holiday traditions we may start this year.

14 Unique Holiday Traditions To Start This Year

New Traditions

I already know a few things we'll be doing this year: waking up in our home with our son, opening stockings, and then moving on to the presents under the tree. But all the other tiny things are still up in the air. 

I asked some friends what their favorite traditions were to spark some ideas. They ranged from singing Elvis' Blue Christmas every year to feeding Santa's reindeer to celebrating their heritage with a Polish Christmas. 

Click through for a few more ideas I love!

Photo credit: Heather Neal


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About Heather Neal


Heather Neal

Heather Neal is a sports dietitian, pseudo-triathlete, and not-so-new momma. She’s the voice behind with a Side of Sneakers, a blog with a real-life take on healthy food and fitness. Find her on Instagram, and Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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