The holidays are full of traditions. Some you make yourself, while others you grew up with and have passed on to your own children. However, sometimes you want to mix it up or even start a new family tradition. If you’re looking for new ideas this holiday season, check out these unique ways to spend Christmas with your family.
Buy Experiences Instead of Presents
While exchanging gifts is a Christmas staple, it’s becoming more and more popular to replace this tradition with an alternative. Buying gifts for everyone can add up, especially in larger families, so consider buying an experience for everyone instead. Every member of the family can pitch in their gift money to buy tickets to a game or show that everyone will enjoy.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Christmas conjures up images of fireplaces and other cozy indoor spots, but have you considered venturing into the great outdoors for the holiday? You can make the most of the winter wonderland by renting a cabin or campsite. Or, as long as you prepare it for the weather, you could consider taking an RV trip. Either way, you and your family will enjoy the gorgeous winter landscapes and have an unforgettable trip this Christmas. You can also consider transforming your van into an RV as a substitute if you don’t have a recreational vehicle.
Mix Up the Menu
Many families have traditional meals of ham or turkey on Christmas, but there’s no rule saying you have to stick to that. Creating a new traditional meal is a great, unique way to spend Christmas with your family—and you can make it anything you want. If your family loves seafood or brunch, turn that into your holiday feast instead.
Winter is often a season of giving, and volunteering is a great way to teach your kids the reason for the season. You can spend Christmas morning delivering presents or food to families in need before the rest of your celebrations. Your family can also volunteer together at a shelter or soup kitchen at any time throughout the holidays—or any other time of year.