Whether you’ve got them set in stone or are keen to make new ones, the holidays are full of Christmas traditions. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these festive ideas.

See the Christmas lights
Chances are, there is at least one hours in your neighbourhood that goes hard with the lights every Christmas. There may even be a few of them, or a whole street that gets into the festive spirit? There’s no better (or, more COVID-safe) way to feel the joy than with a driving tour of your local Christmas lights. It’s worth checking your community Facebook pages or forums for the best spots, or seeing whether your local paper does a write up on the best places to visit.

Christmas camping
Do you tend to spend Christmas on the road or at home? If you’re looking for an adventurous Christmas tradition, why not try camping? Whether you go with another family or just by yourselves, camping presents to many opportunities to start fun traditions. Perhaps you could all dress up in tacky Christmas shirts (or rashies), enjoy drinks and games on the beach on Christmas Eve, find driftwood and build a mini Christmas tree for your campsite… the options are endless. No matter what you choose to do, make sure you pack fairy lights, turn on the Michael Bublé tunes and crack open the eggnog.

Cook a Christmas breakfast
Whether you’re an “open presents at the crack of dawn” kind of family or prefer to delay the gratification, you should definitely consider making a festive breakfast one of your Christmas traditions. We personally recommend cooking up a mean eggs Benedict or delicious waffles with ice cream (Peter’s Neapolitan, to be precise). Then, when your tummies are full, you can all sit around the tree and sip coffee while ripping open the presents. Perfect. We have heaps of recipes available on our blog – head here.

See what Santa left
It doesn’t matter how old your kids are – waking up to see the trail of crumbs that Santa left is the tradition of all Christmas traditions. And the more you make a big deal out of going to the shops to choose which treats you’ll leave out for Santa and his reindeer, the more exciting the discovery on Christmas morning becomes. The set up may require a late night for mum and dad, but the reaction on your children’s faces in the morning will be priceless – and the perfect content for a video montage collected over the years.

Or go and find him in person
There are no shortage of places to spot Santa around town, so why not make a tradition out of it?! We personally love Santa photos because they can be an excuse to catch up with old friends – if you have a set group of people who you always snap photos with, every single year, you’ll be more likely to keep the tradition going AND have a great line up of photos to look back on over the years. You can do it weeks before the Christmas craziness begins, and make it an excuse to catch up with old friends.

Here are a few other ideas…

  • As a family, put up your Christmas tree and decorations on the first weekend of December (this year, December 1 falls on a Tuesday).
  • Make your own Christmas decorations, like a wreath made from twigs and leaves from your backyard, your own ornaments or some festive table decorations.
  • Have a Christmas movie marathon, complete with eggnog, rum balls and candy canes.
  • Blast Christmas music all. December. Long.