Four holiday traditions when you’re feeling fancy

Holidays, at their core, are about family fun and tradition, and Christmas is no different. The holiday is made all the more special by sharing enjoyable experiences and making lasting memories with loved ones.

During the yuletide season, it is not uncommon to also seek out opportunities to get festive and wear our holiday best, such as ugly sweaters, girls Christmas dresses, and silly reindeer antlers.

When you’re looking to get festive with your young ones (and maybe grab a couple idealistic photos of them sporting their Christmas attire), consider these fun activities.

  1. Tea Parties:Nothing screams girls Christmas dresses and little sweater vests like a holiday tea. Institutions such as libraries and museums sometimes host these types of events, or you can host one yourself. In the days leading up to the event, bake up several batches of special treats – sugar cookies, Rice Krispies treats, gingerbread, or mint snaps – with your young ones. Invite their classmates or other friends. Just because it’s a ‘tea party’ doesn’t mean you are obligated to serve tea in your best china. Some children may enjoy tea, but apple cider is a good substitute, and festive paper plates and cups can take the place of porcelain, making the party more fun and stress-free for everyone.
  2. Community Christmas Parties: Check with your child’s school or a local organization for any Christmas parties taking place. Many recreation organizations, service clubs, or other child-centric entities put on public get-togethers during the holiday season. These events can feature a range of activities, from cookie-decorating to hand-making ornaments and caroling. They also offer an opportunity to wear festive dresses, sweaters and shirts to get into the holiday spirit.
  3. Pictures with Santa:This activity is probably a given, but a list of holiday traditions wouldn’t be complete without mention of Santa photos. Shopping malls are popular places to get your children’s picture alongside Father Christmas. Many community events will also have this jolly old elf on standby for taking photos with families.
  4. Cultural Events:Around Christmastime, you can generally find an abundance of cultural events and performances: recitals, pageants, and plays. Schools, churches and other institutions often hold choir performances or other productions that are open to the public. Even if you are not affiliated with a certain organization, you can still get yourself and the kids dolled up and go to a dance or piano recital, or a community theater production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” This is an easy way to support the arts in your community and have a fun family experience, to boot.

Sometimes, we just feel like being fancy. During the holiday season, there are ample opportunities to pick out new girls Christmas dresses, bright red bow ties or other ornate attire and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family and community.