5th day of christmas: holiday family traditions

An important part of the holiday season is creating and maintaining family traditions. Each family has different ones, so I thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite holiday family traditions with you. It’s one of our absolute favorites!

Every year, sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, we visit a world-famous local Christmas light display in downtown Salt Lake City at Temple Square.

Not only are the lights absolutely amazing, but there are free Christmas concerts and the atmosphere downtown is lively and fun.

They also have international life size nativity scenes with Christmas songs playing in different languages, and beautiful luminaries lighting the walkways. One of our favorites parts!

Our kids love this tradition and look forward to is every year. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it!

Another fun part of the annual outing is seeing the Macy’s holiday window displays. Yes, that’s candy in the video below. Crazy amazing stuff friends!
After we get home from our trip to see the Christmas lights, we always have some hot cocoa with a peppermint stick to stir it. And we talk, and laugh, and just enjoy being together. Good times.

Why is this family holiday tradition so important? Writer Kelly Smith from ChristianParenting.org shares some reasons why families need traditions in her article, The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions.

She shares:

  1. Family traditions provide constancy. 
  2. Family traditions provide continuity.
  3. Family traditions provide comfort.
  4. Family traditions provide a connection.
These special moments provide a dependable opportunity for family contact and connection, which can be so hard to find with a busy family life. Remember, holiday traditions don’t need to be anything expensive, or fancy, or too time-consuming. The important thing is to create them and maintain them. And make sure everyone’s included and has a good time.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

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