Traditions

Start new Christmas traditions and keep long-lasting family rituals fresh and fun. We help you focus on what you value most for a spirit-filled Christmas.

14 Fun Family Traditions to Start Today

Looking for new Christmas traditions for your family? Start the season off merry and bright with one of these festive, fun ideas.

How to Make Polar Bear Ornaments

Add some wildlife fun to your holiday tree with these fuzzy polar bear baubles. Bonus: they're made with easy-to-find supplies you may already have on hand.

Holiday Celebrations from Around the World

Kids love any reason to have a party, so why not celebrate some of the world's major holidays this year? You'll teach your child about different cultures and maybe pick up a few new family traditions.

8 Great Holiday Stories for the Family

A few great stories -- think Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol or Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas -- transformed the way we celebrate the season. And a great book is still the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Read on for our picks for the best holiday books to read together, and try some of our activities to boost seasonal reading fun.

6 Holiday Activities for Kids That Focus on Giving

Switch your focus from receiving to giving this holiday season with these fun family acitivities.

QUIZ: What's Your Elf on the Shelf Style?

Are you a merry mama or a petulant parent when it comes to your Elf on the Shelf? Take our fun quiz to find out.

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Answers to Kids' Toughest Questions About Santa

Kids are an inquisitive bunch and Santa is particularly perplexing. Here's how to answer the tough questions.

Raising Spiritual Kids

Children of all ages need a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. Here, six religious leaders offer their advice.

Which Christmas Carol Fits Your Family?

Before you go a-caroling, find out which Christmas song should be your family's theme song this holiday. Will it be Silent Night, 12 Days of Christmas, Joy to the World, or We Wish You a Merry Christmas?

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Home for the Holidays: Easy Ideas for Celebrating with Family and Friends

Everything you do to celebrate the holidays makes your home special for family and guests. But if preparing for seasonal celebrations sounds like another burden on top of managing your family's day-to-day needs, take heart--it needn't be stressful. Try these easy ideas for keeping the holiday joyous and your home welcoming.

Christmas Before and After Kids: What It's Really Like

Everything changes once you have kids, including the way you celebrate the holidays. Gift wrapping and decorating will never be the same once you have a little elf!

How to Make Clothespin Skier Ornaments

Wooden clothespins and ice-pop sticks transform into stylish ski bunnies. Add these cross-country cuties to your Christmas tree!

7 Ways to Keep the Magic of Christmas Alive for Older Kids

Because there's no reason big kids can't have just as magical of a holiday as little ones.

Great Holiday Photos

Whether you're taking pictures at home or in a studio, here are tips on how to get your kids dressed -- and keep them looking spotless -- for great holiday photos.

5 Best Festive Destinations for the Holidays

Make one of these five festive destinations your home for the holidays!

10 Best Holiday Movies of All Time

Parents teamed up with movie-review site Rotten Tomatoes to find out which Christmas flicks are on the nice list.

22 Ideas for Baby's First Holiday

The holidays don't really feel like the holidays until you've welcomed a new baby to the family.

Get a Great Holiday Photo

Whether you're taking pictures at home or in a studio, we have the recipe for capturing good photos of your kids during the holidays. If you follow these tips on how to dress your kids and how to keep them happy, we promise you'll have memories to last a lifetime.

22 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals Parents Won't Want to Miss

Love Black Friday weekend deals? We've got you covered. Get everything you need for the family this holiday season without the guilt of overpaying.

New & Classic Holiday Traditions

Start a new holiday tradition of family game night or movie night. Check out these fun seasonal spins on classic games.

One Dough, Six Christmas Cookies

Slice and bake, roll and cut, or just drop and decorate. Our versatile basic recipe is the foundation for six holiday treats that are anything but cookie-cutter.

How to Make Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments

These tiny toboggans will add sparkle to any tree, whether it be yours or a loved one's!

Kids' Brutally Honest Letters to Santa

From sweet to sensible to just plain weird, these letters from kids to Santa are a must-read.

Holiday Craft: Handprint Tree

Directions for making a miniature Christmas tree from paper.

Special Holiday Traditions, Shared!

We asked, you answered. Check out the holiday traditions Parents Magazine Facebook fans are looking most forward to sharing with their little ones this year.

7 Ways to Delight Your Friends and Family During the Holidays

Make this time of year even more wonderful by adding an element of surprise to the festivities.