10 Amazing Christmas Traditions You Can Start This Year

10 Amazing Christmas Traditions You Can Start This Year | Better Beach Rentals

For most families, Christmas traditions play an important part of the Christmas holiday.  The passing down of a Christmas tradition from generation to generation is a time-honored part of the holiday season.  Occasionally though it's nice to change things up and add new traditions. So times a family member moves to a new area, or you might be celebrating a new birth or marriage in the family. New traditions are often born of these events. Today we have ten awesome Christmas traditions you can start this year and carry on for years to come.

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1. Take A Family Photo

This year get the whole family together and take a family photo somewhere on Oak Island. There are lots of great places that offer unique and beautiful settings for your picture. Now there is a lot you can do with this idea from the serious to the funny. Photos in "tacky" holiday sweaters is a fun way to make a family memory. 

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2. Share a holiday playlist 

Nothing puts folks in the holiday spirit like great music. Every year we look forward to hearing Christmas music on the radio and in the local stores.  This year gather up all your favorite holiday songs and make a playlist to share with the family. Label the playlist with the year and the location (we hope Oak Island of course) of the family Christmas and make sure to share it with everyone in the family. You can do this with iTunes or even by just writing the songs on a simple index card and share it with everyone.

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3. Support the troops with a Care Package

Packages Take time this holiday season to send a special thank you to the tens of thousands of men and women in the armed services deployed throughout the world this Christmas.  Sending a care package to a soldier overseas is a great way to gather the family and share in honoring our service members. There are many organizations that can help you find the best ways to share in this meaningful gesture, one such organization is the USO.

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4. Family Christmas movie night

From Christmas Vacation to the Grinch this is a great time of the year to set aside a night for the whole family to gather for a fun-filled night of movie watching. Put the phones down, get off the internet, forget about Facebook and plug into enjoying a movie with the whole family. Make a game of it rotating who chooses the movie each year. Don't forget the classics. Our favorite is It's a Wonderful Life.

5-Give your local emergency services a treat

Each holiday all across the country we enjoy time with our families, but thousands of men and women in the emergency services, including police, firefighters, and EMS personnel spend their holidays away from their families. These men and women ensure the rest of us have a safe and happy holiday. This year take a few moments to treat them to a little holiday cheer. You can deliver cookies or share your favorite holiday dish. Even just stopping by or saying thank you is a wonderful way to spread a little holiday cheer and start a new tradition.

6-Write a letter to the kids 

For those of you with children, the holidays can be particularly special but also a stressful time.  Often in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas parties, school plays, church commitments, and the general running around of life we forget to take a moment and remember our loved ones. This Christmas make a point of taking the time to write to your children.  You might include advice or a story from your childhood about Christmas. No matter what you share, it will be appreciated in the years to come.  Each year you'll write this letter, and when your child turns eighteen, they will be allowed to open them.

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7. Cruise the town looking at Christmas lights

Not everyone can be Clark Griswold and if your own Christmas lights are leaving you feeling a little underwhelmed I guarantee there are folks in your town who take Christmas lights to a new level. So pack up the kids, grab some hot chocolate, and get ready for a tour of lights.  

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8. Make a special dish 

Does your family have a special dish it likes to have each Christmas? If not then this is the year to start this fun tradition. The best part is there are no rules your creativity is the only thing limiting you. Make sure the recipe is printed up and given to each member of the family. You can also have a different person make a dish. Share the recipes and create a family holiday cookbook.

9. Donate time to a good cause

Take time this year to give back to others less fortunate in your community. There are several easy ways to do this. Of course, you can make a cash contribution to organizations in your area, but many organizations are desperate for volunteers. A great tradition is to pick a local, church, soup kitchen or maybe you just know that one person who needs a little help with something. Once you decide on where you want to help, gather friends and family and make a day of it, we promise you'll leave with wonderful memories from your day of service and might just make someone's holiday all the more special.  

10. Make an annual ornament

With so many great ideas for DIY ornaments (we love the beach themed ones) on Pinterest and YouTube it is easier than ever to find great crafts projects for the holiday season. From simple projects for the little ones to more complicated ones for the teens, this is a wonderful way to mark the passing of another holiday season.

Are you ready to start the best family tradition of all? If so, give one of our friendly reservationists a call today at or click the button below to see all of our available properties and book your Oak Island Beach vacation we promise it will be the best tradition you ever start.

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