Tips & Tricks

12 New Holiday Traditions to Start This Year

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Twelve new traditions to start this year! This Christmas is unique: stores are closed, family is far and your stockings might just be stuffed with masks! Luckily, we have some spirit to spare. We are here to make things a little brighter for you and your loved ones this year. Choose one—or all—of the new traditions below and start spreading the holiday cheer!

01

Give & Get Annual Ornaments

From your favorite characters to angels, snowflakes and a whole bunch of festive Santas, we have all of the 2020 annuals you could ever want. Give them as gifts every year or collect them yourself—your tree will be full of sweet mementos.

02

Bring Back An Old Tradition

What was your favorite holiday tradition growing up? Bring back a tradition from your childhood or draw inspiration from Christmases past to add a touch of nostalgia to your holiday décor. Retro ornaments are perfect for this!

03

Borrow A Tradition From Around The World

Pick a random country on the map and take inspiration from their holiday customs. Choose a new location each year for a unique celebration every Christmas—start by hosting Feast of the Seven Fishes, hanging the pickle ornament or making figgy pudding and mince pies.

04

Write A Letter To Santa

Take time to sit down with the kids and write letters to Santa every year. This is a great way to keep the magic in Christmas while ensuring the little ones stay nice during the holiday season...

05

Host A Virtual Pollyanna

The holidays may look different this year, but that doesn’t mean the gift giving should come to a halt. Plan a virtual Pollyanna—you and a group of friends or family can send secret Santa gifts ahead of time and unwrap them over FaceTime!

06

Put Together A Hot Cocoa Bar

A chilly holiday season calls for hot chocolate! Reinvent your favorite bar cart, table or shelf with a holiday hot cocoa bar. Whether you choose to stock it with creamy, chocolate liqueur, all of your favorite candies or both, you can make it fun for the whole family.  

07

Add Another Tree... Or Two

Who says you have to stop after one Christmas tree? Not us! Add another tree or two to your home décor this holiday season and make your home a winter wonderland. 

08

Drive Around To Look At Lights

Pour the hot cocoa in to-go cups and hop in the car for a fun family drive around the neighborhood to admire holiday light displays. This is a great activity every year, but especially one that requires social distancing.

09

Spend Quality Time By The Fire

Make your fireside a “No-Phone Zone” this year. It’s important to hang up and hang out for quality time with the family during the holidays! 

10

Do Christmas Caroling Karaoke

For those of you who love Christmas caroling and have spent years going door to door, it’s time to go virtual! Have a Christmas carol karaoke party and invite friends to participate over Zoom.

11

Get “Elf’d” In Your Neighborhood

Start the classic ring-and-run game, Elf’d, in your neighborhood this year. The premise is as follows: leave a gift on someone’s doorstep, ring the doorbell and run! That person now has to return the favor to someone else. (P.S. We suggest leaving your yummiest cookies!)

12

Treat Yourself

We tend to forget about ourselves during the holidays. Remember to treat yourself this season, whether it’s through relax and restoration or something you’ve been eying up online. You’ve earned it!

How do you celebrate Christmas? We want to see your traditions—new and old! Tag us @Lenox on Facebook and Instagram.