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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kamronw by kamronw | Jacksonville , FL
Nov 19, 2012

Raspberry Delight

manadi007 by manadi007 | PRINCETON JCT, NJ
Nov 19, 2012

I would name it SMASHER.

blesstheirheartsmom by blesstheirheartsmom | BOGALUSA, LA
Nov 19, 2012

Mine would be 'Joy to the World' cause it makes you want to SING!!!!!!!!

floridagal by floridagal | SARASOTA, FL
Nov 19, 2012

I would name it Just Like Butter!

dreampeddler by dreampeddler | CHIPPEWA FLS, WI
Nov 19, 2012

Light Up The Holidays!

sassyk by sassyk | HIGHLAND, IN
Nov 19, 2012

I would name it :Sassy Signature"

cntleger by cntleger | LEOMINSTER, MA
Nov 19, 2012

mint chocolate cozy

DevlshDamsel by DevlshDamsel | CRETE, IL
Nov 19, 2012

ruh roh, see I only get one, so I'll go with Santa Sleigh~er

DevlshDamsel by DevlshDamsel | CRETE, IL
Nov 19, 2012

I've got a few actually Santa Sleigh~er Elven Mocha Madness Mocha-loca Peppermint Pattie Cheery Chrismas Grog Santa's Little Helper

corabishop by corabishop | AUBURN, WA
Nov 19, 2012

I would name it Candy Cane Cocktail.

steelhead21 by steelhead21 | LA GRANDE, OR
Nov 19, 2012

I would call it Torani Terrific

amynick by amynick | ROCKPORT, MA
Nov 19, 2012

Tasty Torani Toddys

ambers0217 by ambers0217 | Vestaburg, MI
Nov 19, 2012

Winter Wonderland

sjababy by sjababy | ROANOKE, VA
Nov 19, 2012

Homebrew Java YumYum ;)

SiLvEr-StArS by SiLvEr-StArS | REVERE, MA
Nov 19, 2012

Or I like Home For The Holidays :)