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8 Fun Holiday Traditions

Real moms share their holiday traditions and treats as part of the Care.com Interview Series

The holidays just aren't the holidays without a little tradition. Whether it's a holiday cookie party, a tree-decorating song, or snuggling up in front of the fire with a favorite story, each tradition is special. We asked some of our favorite bloggers about their favorite holiday traditions, treats, and crafts -- share yours in the comment section below!

1. Open Your Kitchen
"Our biggest holiday tradition has always been to have an "open kitchen." Open kitchen means that everyone works in it!" says Leanne Ely of Saving Dinner. As a result, she says, her daughter is now able to cook a full holiday meal for her college dorm!

2. Read a Family Favorite
Katie Morford of Mom's Kitchen Handbook turns to a time-honored classic to ring in the holiday. "We always read "Twas the Night before Christmas" on the night before Christmas. My kids never tire of it."

3. Bring a Bit of Your Homeland to Your Holiday
"Struffoli says Christmas with my family," says Amy Fothergill of Amy the Family Chef. Amy's family is from the southern part of Italy, and the struffoli (dough balls coated with honey and sprinkled with non-pareils) are easy to make! Try Amy's recipe and other dishes for your family's holiday meal!

4. Host a Cookie Party
Nothing says the holidays like a fresh gingerbread cookie. Katie Morford usually makes a big batch of both gingerbread and sugar cookie dough, covers the dining room table with craft paper, put out loads of cookie cutters, rolling pins, sprinkles, and other decorations, and lets the kids go to town making cookies. "When they are done, I package them up in cellophane bags with ribbons and we deliver them to all of our neighbors as a holiday gift!" What a treat!

5. Host a "Friendsgiving"
When friends are family, enjoying a low-key potluck is just what Kimberley Hasselbrink has on her wish list. The Year in Food blogger hosts the event a week before Thanksgiving so that those who travel can make it. "It's a potluck, which is perfect, because the pressure of one household having to prepare an entire feast is alleviated," she says. "Friends take care of the side dishes, and we take care of the turkey. It is so much fun!"

6. Get Outdoors
While some opt for a simple walk around the block to work off some of that holiday turkey, Heather Beckley's family takes it one step further and goes geocaching (a treasure hunt mixed with online tools)! The Homemade Mom blogger also uses that time away to plan a massive holiday shopping trip.

7. Make a Traditional Treat
One thing Courtney Champion always does for the holidays is make an overnight french toast. "There's something magical about waking up on Christmas morning and not having to worry about cooking breakfast and instead taking our time opening presents, taking pictures, and simply enjoying our time together," the Cook Like a Champion blogger and new mom says. Blogger Katie Morford agrees: "When we decorate the Christmas tree I always make a big pot of mulled, spiced apple cider and a bowl of popcorn. The cider makes the house smell like the holidays."

8. Make Your Own Special Ornament
"Every year, my husband and I make an ornament to mark the holiday," says Melissa Roja Lawlor, Care.com contributing writer. "When we go pick up the Christmas tree, we always ask for the small circular piece of the trunk that they cut off the bottom. We drill a small hole in the wood, slide ribbon through to string it up, and write the year, our family's names and the things we want to remember about the year. It's an easy ornament to make for those who are craft-impaired, like me!"

See how these moms and others make a family-friendly holiday meal in our Care.com Interview Series: Holiday Recipes that I Would Actually Eat ยป

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