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Christmas Traditions for Families with Tweens and Teens

When my kids were little, Christmas was a fun and magical time. As they grew, the magic faded and the attitudes showed up. I still remember the heartbreaking Christmas when I ended up decorating the tree myself.

Fortunately, that does not have to be the case for your family. Parenting Tweens & Tweens came up with 25 Christmas traditions for families with older kids. They have some great suggestions for you. We have given you ten of the traditions we liked the most.

1. Make S’mores by the fire

2. Special Christmas Eve Dinner: Fondue, Make Christmas Tree Shaped Pizza, Make Each Kid Their Favorite Dish or Just Have Cookies and Ice Cream for Dinner.

3. Have an ugly Christmas sweater competition and then decorate the tree together

4. Find a new family favorite Christmas movie

5. Decorate Christmas Cookies (no they really aren’t too old). But you can take it up a notch by challenging them to get artistic using an icing kit and fancy sprinkles


6. Deliver treats to neighbors/friends (leave on doorstep and Ding Dong Ditch)

7. Have a white elephant gift exchange (who can come up with the tackiest gift for under $5)

8. Have a Hot Cocoa Bar - make some cocoa and put out a bunch of toppings like chocolate chips and crushed candy canes

9. New pajamas, open Christmas Eve (My kids are now adults and still look forward to this tradition. Plus, you don't need a holiday theme, just the pjs.)

10. Make a Holiday Playlist with everyone’s suggestions



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