Holiday Traditions Past and Present

It’s hard to imagine a time when people celebrated the Christmas holiday without an evergreen tree, but the modern Christmas tree didn’t come to be until the 18th century in Germany. Adults will remember being scolded because “Santa is watching,” but most kids nowadays think the Elf on the Shelf is keeping track of their good and bad behavior. Here are a few traditions which would be a great addition to any family for years to come:

Holiday Party Hot Chocolate Bar

Eggnog is a staple around Christmastime, but many children do not care for this creamy beverage. Try setting out a variety of hot chocolate mixes like white chocolate, salted caramel or traditional milk chocolate and mix-ins like marshmallows, chocolate chips and sprinkles. It’s sure to become a family favorite!

Bring Back Traditional Stocking Stuffers

How many of us remember reading Laura Ingalls Wilder describing her rustic Christmas in Little House in the Big Woods? Remember how excited she was to receive an orange? Consider a throwback stocking stuffer updated for 2016 – chocolate covered orange peels to sweeten each stocking.

Create Organic Christmas Tree Decorations

Hate how much space it takes to store ornaments year to year? Consider making your own decorations each year by stringing popcorn or stringing cinnamon sticks with ribbon. Your home will smell amazing and anything that doesn’t end up on the tree can end up in your mouth.

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Just like the Christmas Tree, nothing is a holiday tradition until you establish it as one! Get creative, your family is sure to love it!