5 Winter Family Traditions to Start Right Now


Winter is here and that means fun for the whole family!

Parents, did you know that there’s almost nothing sexier for a spouse then to watch their partner be an amazing parent to their kids? In fact, spending time as a family is both a great bonding experience for the kids and a great emotional intimacy builder for the marriage! Win-Win! So, if you’re looking for ideas to have fun as a family this winter, we have some great ideas for you! Take a look:

Create a Family of Snowmen

Make one for each member of your family! If you don’t have snow near you, you can do this with marshmallows and frosting on foil, glue together white paper plates and decorate them, or you could even draw it on paper! Whichever method you choose, this one lets your kids be creative while you all have fun together!

Good-Cheer Goodie Bags

Spend time together filling up goodie bags with travel toothbrushes, travel toothpaste, holiday socks, gum, a candy-cane, a $5 bill, and a decorated card (have your kids make them). Then, take your good-cheer goodie bags around and deliver them to any homeless individuals you can find or to a local shelter. You could also plan to keep them in your car just in case you come across someone who could use some good-cheer!

Christmas Lights and Hot Cocoa

Make hot cocoa for everyone at home or drive through your favorite coffee shop and grab a hot drink for each person in your family. Then, drive through your town looking for the best Christmas lights! You can even make it a fun game and vote as a family on the best house you saw and put together a little prize goodie bag for the winner to leave on their door step. Keep a list running for years to come to look back on and remember the best lights. You can even take pictures and make a photo album!

Holiday Treats for the Elderly

This is the time of year to spread love and good cheer, right? And what better time than to teach your kids the importance of investing in their community around them?! Spend a day baking yummy holiday treats and making cards with good wishes. Then, take your creations to a local elderly home and spread some happiness around! You can either make a tradition to pick a new facility every year or keep going back to the same one!

Family Memories Jar

Spend time together cutting out long strips of paper and decorating a special jar. Then, have each member of the family write out his or her favorite memories from the year and put them in the jar. Then, you can pull out one each day and remember what a great year you’ve had together. As an added bonus, you’ll have a blast going through all the memories when you do this again next winter!

Which holiday traditions have you started with your family? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Anna Collins
Anna Collins lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and two children. She is passionate about her marriage, staying at home with her kids, writing, coffee, good conversation, and game night. Her life dream is to someday write a book and see it published.