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3 Favorite and Simple Holiday Traditions for Young Families

I’m not always totally on top of getting festive for the different seasons and holidays but we’re big fans of Christmas at my house and I’m pretty sure it’s my daughter’s favorite holiday so I try to make it memorable every year with a few simple traditions we can do as a family. This year is extra special because the baby gets to join in on the fun for his first Christmas so I thought I would share some of our favorite simple holiday traditions for young families!

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How to Celebrate the Holidays as a Family

Celebrating the holiday season as a family is a huge one for us and if you’re reading this post, odds are it’s important to you as well! Something that is important to me, though, is keeping the holiday traditions simple. So in this post you’ll find some simple holiday traditions for young families that will not break the bank, take tons of time, or drive you nuts!

3 Holiday Traditions for Young Families

1. Treat Baking

When I was in high school my mom started the tradition of making holiday butter cookies with me and my sister. When we had kids, they joined the family holiday tradition! S loves to bake with me and really enjoys frosting the cookies with her Nana. It isn’t quite cookie making time yet but we thought we should make a test batch now to prepare. R isn’t quite old enough to help bake yet so he chewed on the cookie presses and emptied out the bottom kitchen cupboards instead. So no matter the age, this one makes for a great holiday tradition for young families!

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2. Clothes Shopping

Nana always gives everyone a new pair of PJs on Christmas Eve and we pick up a lot of winter clothes for the kids just before December every year. Some of the best clothing deals happen during the holidays.  I just got the kiddos some super cute outfits in time for the cold weather we’ve been having, and these outfits are perfect for when we visit the snow later in the year. Make this one of your simple family holiday traditions this year!

Looking to get ahead on the holiday family pjs? Check these ones out!

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3. Tree Decorating

How the tree is decorated changes every so often, but the fun of decorating it together is always something we look forward to as a family and it’s one of our favorite family holiday traditions. This year, we’re keeping it simple and baby proofing our Christmas decor. We’re celebrating a baby’s first Christmas so simple is what it has to be! I just picked up some new ornaments that S helped me put on the tree for now, but we’ll pull out the Christmas boxes from storage to really decorate the whole thing the day after Thanksgiving. She always looks forward to placing the star on the top of the tree, and I think we’ll have to be strategic about ornament placement this year since the baby is mobile and pulling down everything he can reach.

For some new shatter-proof ornaments, check out these ones below:

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What are your favorite holiday traditions? I hope this list of simple holiday traditions for young families gave you some ideas!

simple holiday traditions for young families

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