33 Ways to Bring Your Family Together at the Holidays

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33 Ways to Bring Your Family Together at the HolidaysDo you want to bring your family together at the holidays? The best way to get your crew interested in family time is to create some holiday cheer and make some fun traditions.

Here is a list of things my family has done over the years. I am so glad my husband and I took the time out to do them as my kids are now grown. I realize now, I only had a small window of time to make Christmas a magical time they would love and remember fondly.

33 Ways to Bring Your Family Together.


  1. Christmas concert-attend a Christmas concert as a family
  2. Movie theater or Drive-In-go see the latest Christmas movie in the theater.
  3. Movies at home-watch Hallmark or other Christmas movies together at home. We loved to watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year together. And I am a Hallmark freak!
  4. Christmas play-go to a Christmas play at a local theater.
  5. Travel-get out of town and enjoy the holidays away from home with your family. New York is so fun at Christmas time.

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Food Ideas:

  1. Special breakfast-make a special breakfast Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.
  2. Gingerbread house-decorate a gingerbread house. You can buy the premade sheets with the candy and icing all together in a kit. It’s not expensive.
  3. Make cookies-we loved making gingerbread cookies. The kids had fun decorating them. Most of the time the gingerbread men looked a bit wonky…but they still tasted good!
  4. Create family memories-make traditions special to your family ( We toss pancakes from the stove to the table on Christmas morning.)
  5. Special dinner-go to a nice restaurant during the holidays that you would never go to any other time of the year.

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Activities to Do Together:

Young Kids:

  1. Pictures with Santa-many times the mall or department store will have a Santa that sees kids and takes pictures. I have seen a few places that do selfies.
  2. Christmas tree-pick out the tree or go cut one down, and then decorate the tree together and drink hot cocoa or cider.
  3. Elf on the Shelf-do elf on the shelf during the season. Here are 50 ideas to help you make it fun.
  4. Christmas crafts-make Chrismas themed crafts together. (Check out my Pinterest board for holiday craft ideas.)
  5. Open a present-open one present on Christmas Eve just to add a little fun.
  6. Santa-set out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.
  7. Reindeer prints-put reindeer prints on the floor Christmas morning so it looks like Rudolph and all the reindeer came.
  8. Stockings-hang stockings on the mantle and fill them when Santa comes.
  9. Carriage ride-many areas have carriage rides available. This is a great way to bring the family together.

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33 Ways to Bring Your Family Together at the Holidays

Older Kids:

  1. Christmas lights-drive around your area and look at Christmas lights.
  2. Ice skating-go ice skating together. Have your kids invite friends to come along.
  3. Christmas shopping-do your Christmas shopping together as a family.
  4. Holiday in the Park-this is at Six Flags over Texas. Check your area for amusement parks that do holiday celebrations.
  5. Game night-play games together as a family, and listen to holiday music and drink cocoa.
  6. Puzzle-have a 500 or 1000 piece Christmas puzzle sitting out for everyone to work on during the season. People will just gather at the table randomly to work on it.
  7. Caroling-sing carols together as a family or go caroling together with friends.

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Spiritual Memories to Make Together:

  1. Christmas Eve service-attend a church service on Christmas Eve.
  2. Christmas story-read the Christmas story (Luke 2) sometime during the season. This will bring your family together.
  3. Celebrate Advent- have an advent calendar and read a meaningful passage every week.
  4. Live Nativity Scene-attend a live nativity play or scene in your area.
  5. Mission project-participate in Angel Tree, Operation Christmas Child, feed the homeless or visit a nursing home. This will bring your family together.
  6. Church services-attend church services during Advent.
  7. Christmas music-have Christmas music playing in the background during the season. Just keep it going all day. It will create a festive mood.

Here is an amazing song that is quite powerful. It will definitely help bring in the season.

This is a long list of suggestions. Don’t get stressed out and feel like you have to do them all to bring your family together. That is one of the worst things that happens with moms during the holidays. We do too much and get worn out. Take time to do something you love to do… alone. Keep up your own health and enjoy the season!

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  1. Amanda on December 4, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas!

  2. Christa on November 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    This is such a great list! As much as I I’ve the decorations and the eating and the presents, spending time with family truly is the best part of the holiday season.

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 2:57 am

      You are so right! I think Santa was fun when they were little, but now I enjoy just seeing my kids.

  3. Alanda on November 20, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Great list! I too am a Hallmark freak! I actually just decided to add a gingerbread house to our list this year. I didn’t think of a live nativity scene. Searching for one now!

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 2:58 am

      I hope you find one in your area. It is pretty cool. I love watching the animals.

  4. Leigh Suznovich on November 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Love these sweet ideas! My family always made a trip to NYC each year to Rockefeller Center to skate and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. Best memories that I hope I can continue when hubs and I start our family!

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 2:58 am

      We have been 3 times. It is absolutely magical!

  5. Amanda Martin on November 20, 2018 at 8:45 am

    So many of these are part of my family traditions! A special breakfast, making cookies together and movies at home! My husband and I always have a “Christmas Date” and we are actually going to NYC in December for all things Christmas! So fun.

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 2:59 am

      Oh, how fun! I wish we lived closer so we could do that. Hope you have a great holiday.

  6. Tiffany on November 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you for including ideas for older children, it is so hard to find things the older ones want to do. So this list was perfect!

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 3:00 am

      Let me know of anything you do that is fun that I have not included. I am always looking for new Ideas.

  7. Jen on November 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I love these sweet ideas! We do many of these but I think we need to add some more. Thanks for the wonderful share!

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 3:01 am

      It is fun to celebrate the holidays with family. I love spending time with my kids.

  8. Lynelle at Mom Succeeds on November 19, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Great list! I noticed that there are several things on your list that we haven’t tried yet so I wrote a few down already (and I’m pinning it for later too!). Thank you!

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 3:02 am

      Oh, great. Let me know how it turns out!

  9. Season on November 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    These are great ideas! Thanks!!

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on November 19, 2018 at 11:56 am

    O I love these ideas! It is the season to spend as much time together as we can!

  11. Sheri Traxler on November 16, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Grateful for this. Because I want to create memories with my brother and my Dad who is mid-80’s, as well as my husband’s family. There are not young kids around, but family is still important. Thanks!

    • Julie Plagens on November 21, 2018 at 3:03 am

      I hope some of these ideas will make your time together meaningful.

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