Start Some New Family Traditions This Year

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It’s all about making memories. Create your own family holiday traditions and your kids will cherish them. A tradition can be a cozy at-home activity, a fun experience out and about, or an annual trip the whole family looks forward to all year long. It can be quirky, thoughtful or old-fashioned. We’ve put together some creative ideas for Taylor Morrison families to make their own.

Make It and Bake It

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Have the kids help you bake holiday cookies. Use different recipes, one each for family member’s favorite. Another option is to invite friends over for a group cookie bake, kind of a bring-your-own-recipe event. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, build a gingerbread house with the whole family.

Have a Good Laugh

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Get silly with the kids. Print out seasonal songs and carols, leaving blanks for some of the words. Ask for a noun, verb or adverb from the family and fill them in. Then have a sing-fest of the silly kind. It’s sure to make everyone giggle.

Make a Difference


Show the kids what caring really means by volunteering in your community. For those who own new homes in Denver, consider donating time to the Food Bank of the Rockies. If you own a new home in Houston, collect clothing, make Christmas cards and Volunteer Houston will distribute them.

Go Around the World Right at Home

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For the big family meal, use recipes from around the world. Use your own heritage to center the dinner around. Another idea is to “go” to a different country every year. For ideas, check out Top 10 International Christmas Dinners.

Have Fun with Gifts

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Wrap up silly gifts and hand one out to each family member on Christmas. Open presents, one person at a time. At that point, the gift-getter can exchange their gift for one of the others. Of course, the last person to go will have the best choices because they’ll know what all the gifts are. This works best as your children get older so there’s no misunderstanding and disappointment!

Religious Observances


December is a celebratory month for people of many religious faiths. Jews (Hanukkah), Muslims (Id al-Adha), and Buddhists (Bodhi Day), for instance, build family traditions according to their faith. Whatever the observance, traditions of all kinds create moments and memories remembered fondly. Learn more about secular and religious celebrations near Christmas time.

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