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12 Days of Christmas Preparations: Day 11 - Eleven Holiday Traditions
A beautifully lit Kansas City, Kansas, is just one Christmas tradition.

One family tradition is to drive around and look at Christmas lights. Here Kansas City, Kansas is in the Christmas spirit with a beautifully lit display.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas Preparations, my true love gave to me:
Eleven holiday traditions,
Ten last minute gifts,
Nine Santa avoiders,
Eight holiday parties,
Seven teaching moments,
Six memories a-haunting,
Five golden rules,
Four fighting kids,
Three snow days,
Two calling workers
and a well planned respite weekend.

I've mentioned starting new Holiday traditions with your child in past articles. Are you struggling to come up with some ideas? Here are 11 Holiday Traditions that may fit in with your family. Many of these are my family's favorites.

  1. Bake cookies or make candy together.
  2. Go caroling as a family and take those you visit some of the goodies you've been making.
  3. Give each of your children a new Christmas ornament each year or choose one for your family.
  4. Attend a Christmas Eve church service.
  5. Drive around looking at the different light displays in your city or around your neighborhood.
  6. Allow the kids to open one gift on Christmas Eve and have it always be new pajamas.
  7. Read the Christmas story out of Scripture or `Twas the Night Before Christmas to your children on Christmas Eve in preparation for the Holiday.
  8. Attend a movie on Christmas Day.
  9. Always watch the Christmas classics during the Holiday Season: Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to name a few. There are also so great new Christmas classics: Elf, or The Santa Clause.
  10. Create a page in the child's lifebook where they can write their favorite thing about that Christmas.
  11. Bake Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.
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