Holiday Traditions: Classic, New and Chances to Win

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Nov 19, 2012

We all know that moment when you flip through the radio stations and holiday music comes blaring through. Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and Adam Sandler make us all sing along and you know what that means… the holiday season is officially here!

Here are some of the classic traditions we love:

  • Movie Night: Invite your friends and family over for a potluck filled with all your favorite dishes. Then gather around the screen to watch a holiday season movie. Whether it’s “Love Actually,” “Miracle on 34th St,” or “Nightmare Before Christmas,” there’s something magical about each one of them. Don’t forget to serve hot cocoa with peppermint swizzle stick for dessert during intermission!
  • Football Game: There’s nothing like some competition to build an appetite. Split up into teams and see who will win the Holiday Bowl!
  • Gingerbread House Building: Is there really anything better than edible decorations?
  • Holiday Show: Sometimes we wish our favorite holiday shows played year round. Take advantage of this special time of year and an opportunity to see the classics. It's a big year for "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular" as they celebrate the Rockettes 85th anniversary in New York City! This year's show includes the numbers you love as well a few surprises! SheSpeaks is very excited, as we have a 4-pack of tickets to "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular" in New York City to give away! To enter for a chance to WIN* four tickets to "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular" in New York City tweet @SheSpeaksUp your favorite holiday tradition with the hashtags #85ROX & #SSHoliday. This giveaway* ends November 25, 2012, and the winner be randomly selected on November 26, 2012. Multiple entries are OK. U.S. residents only please. Travel is not included in the prize.
  • Sledding, Ice Skating, Snow Tubing: It’s not really winter until you do one of these activities. Make sure you have plenty of hot cocoa at home for afterwards.
  • Give Back: Help those in need by volunteering for a day, or by participating in your local coat or food drive.

Last year, SheSpeaks member FrugalityForLess shared with us a new tradition she started with her family, the Elf on the Shelf. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Do you stick to the classics or try to incorporate something new each year? If you want to add something different to the mix this year, here are some fun, creative ideas to whip in some new traditions into the classics:

  • Road-trip Around the Neighborhood: Pile in the car and give your kids the control. Have the kids decide whether you turn right or left, viewing all the magical decorations at each turn.
  • Color War: Hilarity is about to ensue, when you mix up your holiday gathering with family color war. The challenges should include brainteaser, creative and physical challenges. Each challenge should have a certain amount of points and the team who completes each challenges the fastest or most creative, wins those points. Don’t forget the tiebreaker, i.e. how many marshmallows are in this jar?
  • Cookie Baking Party: Ask each person to bring their favorite holiday cookie recipe. Then cook the recipes in groups. Make sure to pick up storage containers so each person can bring an assortment home.
  • Holiday Karaoke: Giggle and sing this holiday season by visiting your favorite karaoke bar after the feast! We know you were belting out to Nat King Cole in your car, now let everyone else hear!

Happy Thanksgiving! Good luck!

*U.S. Residents only please | Winner will be selected at random from entries received

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Oksana2 by Oksana2 | ROCHESTER, NY
Nov 20, 2012

I would call my drink: Santa's Swirl

shannyschrag by shannyschrag | Colbert, WA
Nov 20, 2012

I would call mine the Torani Tsunami!! It would be a chai blend with maybe some pumpkin!!!

lauren75 by lauren75 | PERRINEVILLE, NJ
Nov 20, 2012

I would name is Holiday Cheer!

zenfulwoman by zenfulwoman | West Babylon, NY
Nov 20, 2012

Bringing back game night

juli523 by juli523 | Redding, CA
Nov 20, 2012

I'd name it "the cat lady" :)

JulsB20 by JulsB20 | WAUKEE, IA
Nov 20, 2012

My party drink would be called Julia's Juice

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Nov 20, 2012

SO good you can't have just one!

ataylor0807 by ataylor0807 | Pendleton, IN
Nov 20, 2012

Mistletoe Me!!

midwestgirl by midwestgirl | COLUMBUS, OH
Nov 20, 2012

Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Candy Cane

elsmarlouamrman by elsmarlouamrman | WINDSOR LOCKS, CT
Nov 20, 2012

I would use the Torani Cheesecake Syrup on my Christmas pancakes - it would be called Cheesecake Delight

babsywabs by babsywabs | Notre Dame, IN
Nov 20, 2012

I would name mine Gary.

kdevito by kdevito | Hamilton, NJ
Nov 20, 2012

Every year during December we hold our annual gingerbread house making party and invite our friends over to decorate gingerbread houses, eat, drink and be merry. It's always a fun night.

islegirl74 by islegirl74 | EAST MORICHES, NY
Nov 20, 2012

My Hot Mama's Chocolate Covered Cherry Mmmmm Hot Chocolate!

simbalala by simbalala | Rockaway, NJ
Nov 20, 2012

My signature Torani flavor would be Torani's All Time Wonders.

fdigsby by fdigsby | blountstown, FL
Nov 20, 2012

Happy Times!