Friday, January 17, 2020

Family Traditions for each month of the year

Do you have family traditions?  I'm sure it's easy to think of the ones that revolve around a big holiday like Christmas Caroling or hunting for Easter Eggs.  But what about establishing family traditions for each month instead of saving them all for the holidays?

Here is a big list of Family Traditions for each month of the Year.

Monthly Traditions for families  |   family traditions for each month of the year   |   She's Crafty






First of all, why do we do family traditions?  They strengthen our family bonds.   Nothing is more fun than reminiscing with my brother and our families about the things we used to do when we were children.  From trips to our Grandma's house, to playing tag with our cousins, those shared experiences strengthen our bonds with one another. 

When I grew up and had my own family, I knew I wanted to keep some family traditions for my childhood and add a bunch of my own.  And I really wanted to celebrate more than just holidays!  Because I think celebrations should be all year long.

Ideas for Monthly Family Traditions



monthly traditions |  January - word of the year collage

January


  • New Year's Day breakfast party
  • Make word collages for a new year goal
  • Have a family Snowball fight
  • Go see a movie as a family
  • Bundle up and go for a nature walk
  • Have a Super Bowl viewing party


monthly traditions | February - chalkboard wall and hearts for Valentine's Day



February


  • Decorate Sugar Cookies and deliver to friends and neighbors
  • Valentine's Lunch or Dinner
  • Give someone a Heart Attack
  • Explore a new hiking trail
  • Surprise your neighbor by shoveling the snow from their sidewalks


monthly traditions |  March - St Patrick's Day socks



March


  • Family vacation for Spring Break, even if it's just a stay cation
  • Have a family March Madness Bracket
  • Have a green lunch for St Patrick's Day
  • Give everyone in the family new green socks for St. Patrick's Day
  • Write sweet secret messages in chalk on someone's driveway


monthly traditions |  April - easter eggs


April


  • Watch General Conference as a family with lots of snacks
  • Go on a family hike
  • Color Easter Eggs
  • Have an Easter Basket scavenger hunt
  • Fly kites at the park


Give mom the best gift ever - a photo frame with photos of her kids

May


  • Spend Mother's Day celebrating the mom's in your life
  • Let everyone pick out a flower and plant it in your garden
  • Take flowers to those that could be lonely
  • Host a last day of school breakfast
  • Attend a yard sale or host one of your own


monthly traditions |   June - go swimming at a swimming pool


June


  • Make a Summer Bucket List
  • Spend Father's Day celebrating the dad's in your life
  • Have a car/bike wash for your neighborhood
  • Be a tourist in your own town
  • Go swimming at the community pool, lake or other swimming place
  • Have a back yard camp out

monthly traditions |   July - go see fireworks in a big city


July

  • Host a firework viewing party at your house
  • Watch fireworks in the closest big city to you
  • Have a movie marathon complete with forts and snacks
  • Go through belongings and donate extra to a good cause
  • Go to the flea market
  • Visit an animal shelter and donate time or supplies

monthly traditions |   August - take back to school pictures with signs


August

  • Go on back to school shopping dates with each child in the family
  • Take Back to School Pictures with signs
  • Buy extra school supplies and donate to local schools 
  • Make a plan to volunteer in a classroom

monthly traditions |   September - have a Sunday afternoon picnic at the park


September


  • Watch a high school football game under the Friday Night Lights
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Have a Sunday afternoon picnic at the park
  • Pay for a drink/meal for the person behind you in the drive thru line

monthly traditions |   October - pick out pumpkins and carve or paint them

October

  • Watch General Conference as a family again, with lots of snacks
  • Go on a thrift store treasure hunt
  • Pick out pumpkins and then paint or carve them
  • Boo your neighbor
  • Dress up in costumes and go trick or treating


monthly traditions |  November - go black friday shopping


November

  • Develop a family gratitude practice
  • Donate to/volunteer at a Food Bank
  • Invite family and friends over for Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Go Black Friday Shopping

monthly traditions |  December - pick out an ornament for the year


December

  • Draw names and shop for gifts for family members
  • Make handmade gifts
  • Get a yearly ornament
  • Give to an angel tree
  • Decorate Gingerbread Houses
  • Go for a drive to look at Christmas Lights

Another great idea is to create weekly or daily traditions such as having dinner together at night, bedtime routines, family prayer, Sunday night game night, FHE, and more.


Family traditions are a great way to create bonds and lasting memories of your time spent together as a family.  Do you have family traditions?  What family traditions would you like to incorporate?  


3 comments:

  1. I love these ideas, especially the ones where children can learn the gift of giving. I really like giving flowers to someone lonely, shovel snow for a neighbor, and donate/volunteer at a food bank. I will share this. (I saw this on My Girlish Whims Linky Party.)

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the idea of getting our family involved in serving others!

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  2. What wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

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