Family traditions are a big part of the holiday season.

Some of them are haunting you with memories of your creepy step aunt and her unexplained wet cheek kisses, but some of them are probably cherished and precious and destined to live on as you launch your own family.

Whether this is your first or your 15th holiday season as a mom, there are tons of traditions you can add to your celebration to make it more memorable for yourself and your kids.

15 Family Holiday Traditions to Start Right Now

The Magic of Santa Claus

It’s not for everyone, but for those that celebrate it can be a fun element for your kids.

Watch Corny Christmas Flicks

Netflix and egg nog are what’s up! They have a pretty thick list of flicks you probably haven’t seen but totally need to in the Christmas genre. And don’t just scroll past Santa Paws like it doesn’t exist, it’s actually not horrible!

Do a Christmas Countdown

Advent style. There are some crazy cool advent calendars out there, like this Lego Star Wars one that every little Jedi will grow to love.

Slay Your Own Tree

At an area Christmas tree farm! If there is a cut-your-own tree farm near you, this is a fun, memorable adventure your family is sure to enjoy.

Bake Cookies

Bonus nice list points if you also bake a batch for your neighbor. Check out this great Christmas cookies list on Pinterest for more ideas.

DIY an Ornament

They become pretty awesome keepsakes when your little person’s hand is man sized.

Elf on the Shelf

It’s not for every family, but it can be a really fun way to bring some daily holiday cheer to your crew.

Hide the Pickle

Place your pickle ornament among the branches and the child who finds it gets an extra reward! Some people give a fun gift, but even an extra hug or the chance to sit on mom’s lap later can be a treat. Snag your pickle ornament and then share the fun with your family on Christmas Eve so they know to look for it in the morning.

Rock Festive Holiday Gear

Some go for sweaters, others choose pajamas. They are a fun item to add to your holiday wardrobe each year even if they can’t be worn past December 25th for fear of drawing the ire of the fashion police.

Posing for a Family Photo

Annual family photos may be out of your budget and hard to schedule for time, but gathering around the tree each year or even just on your front porch to snag one photo of everyone in the family together will be cherished for years to come.

{Read more: Top 6 Tips for Saving Your Sanity Through the Holidays}

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