The holiday season is best spent in the company of family…wouldn’t you say? We all have certain holiday traditions that have been enjoyed for generations and generations. In case you’re looking to spice up your traditions this year, check out our list of ideas below! Make Holiday Cookies Making holiday cookies can be a blast for the whole family! There are so many steps that there is a job for everyone to help with – choosing what type of cookies you will make, what cookie cutter will be used, baking the cookies, and decorating the cookies! Start an Advent Calendar We know you’re just as excited for the upcoming holidays as we are, so why not add to that excitement by purchasing or creating your very own Advent Calenar? Whether they surprise you with quotes or treats each day, it gives you a little bit of joy every single day! If you and your family enjoy crafts, you can make an advent calendar. Here is a list of 35 advent calendar crafts to do from The Craft Crow: https://bit.ly/1HGBopa Elf on the Shelf Over the last few years, the Elf on a Shelf has become a HUGE new tradition! Here’s the scoop: When you adopt an Elf, he/she spends the entire day watching you, then at night reports back to Santa. Depending on your Elf’s personality, some hide when they return from the North Pole and others get themselves into trouble around the house. This tradition is very fun for both parents and children! Make Holiday Cards You and your family can make holiday cards to be sent to family and friends, or to bring a little joy from home to deployed soldiers overseas. If you’re interested in sending holiday cards to our troops, read more about how to do so on America Red Cross’ website: https://rdcrss.org/1jyURfL The Ornament Pickle First, you’ll need to purchase an ornament in the shape of a pickle. The pickle is the last ornament hung on your tree, and you do so by hiding it among the rest of the ornaments. The first child to find the pickle gets an extra surprise gift! Holiday Lights Grab the family, pile into the car, turn on the holiday music, and take a drive! You can take a ride through your neighborhood or visit one of these places around St. Louis: Garden Glow at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Candy Cane Lane in St. Louis Hills Way of Lights at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Santa’s Magical Kingdom at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort Make Your Own Holiday Eve Tradition The day before your favorite holiday can be quite challenging because there is just so much anticipation built up! Find your very own special way to celebrate on this day, so it doesn’t seem quite as difficult to wait. Some ideas are: Give your child(ren) a new pair of pajamas to wear to bed that night paired with a book to read as a family. Consider allowing everyone to open up one small present before bed. Set out the milk and cookies for Santa and don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer! Before everyone goes to bed, snuggle by the fire and read your favorite traditional holiday book. We hope that you and your family have a great holiday season together. Do you have a special holiday tradition you’d like to share? Please comment below!