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32 Christmas Traditions to add to Your December Bucket List

Here are a list of Christmas Traditions you may want to add to your Christmas this year, pick one, pick two, try to do them all!


30 Christmas Traditions to add to Your December Bucket List

  1. Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?

    Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?

    Elf on the shelf: We have so many Elf on the Shelf ideas about what to do with these cute little elves check them out!

  2. Make a gingerbread house with your family.
  3. Go Christmas Caroling!
  4. Watch a live holiday performance, like Wind and the Willows Christmas It’s amazing! We can give you more ideas in our Theatre Thursday series.
  5. See Macy’s Christmas Carol.
  6. See Macy’s Light show.
  7. Go Visit Santa. Find out where in our Where to Find Santa in New Jersey guide.
  8. Get outdoors and go sledding or ice skating.
  9. Catch up with one of your favorite holiday classics on TV.
  10. Read a Holiday book, We read “The Legend of Chris Moose” Last year!
  11. Play in the snow inside at Tropicana.
  12. Make cookies and leave them out for Santa.
  13. Leave out carrots or oatmeal for the reindeer (last year we made special oatmeal with glitter and oatmeal, you pour it on your lawn and it makes it easier for the reindeer to see)
  14. Write a letter to Santa.
  15. Volunteer.
  16. Donate your old coats.
  17. Purge your old toys to make way for new ones. Read about donating your children’s old toys.
  18. See the BEST Christmas light shows like Winter Sweet in Atlantic City.
  19. Go to Hershey’s Candylane.
  20. Go to Sesame Place’s A Very Furry Christmas.
  21. Go to Dutch Winter Wonderland.
  22. Wear matching pajamas on Christmas Eve.
  23. Track Santa on NORAD.
  24. Make a video with a special message from Santa.
  25. Watch the reindeer cam live feed.
  26. Put an orange in child’s stocking. There will always be an orange in my children’s Christmas Stocking. The story says that a 9-year-old boy had always been in an orphanage as long as he could remember. They didn’t have much food but every Christmas they each got an orange and it was very special. Unfortunately, for the boy this year he accidentally tracked in mud and got in trouble. He would be punished and not get a Christmas Orange. That Christmas night he cried and cried. All of a sudden he felt a nudge, he looked up a while later and what did he see? An orange made of 9 segments next to him. Each one of the other children in the orphanage had given him a piece of their orange so he could have one!
  27. The Christmas Pickle: A Christmas Pickle is hidden on/in the Christmas tree. It is said that the person that finds the Christmas Pickle will have either a reward or good fortune the next year.
  28. Go to a tree lighting in New Jersey.
  29. Create holiday cards for local seniors in your community or a local senior home who may have been forgotten.
  30. Visit a New Jersey Christmas parade.
  31. Visit a Live Nativity Scene.
  32. Make a Christmas craft.
Macy's Light Show could be a new holiday traditon

Macy’s Light Show could be a new holiday tradition

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Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Great list. We go to a tree farm and cut our own tree. Plus this year I'd like to make it to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and see the store windows in Manhattan. also like to see a Christmas Carol at McCarter Theater in Princeton. Too much to do and not enough time to fit it all in!

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