3 Holiday Traditions to Start Now

Missing the holiday traditions you grew up with? Looking to start some holiday traditions of your own? Domestic CEO has 3 new options for holiday traditions to help you feel warm and nostalgic year after year.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #84

Holiday traditions. We often don’t realize we have them until we move away from our families. Growing up, most of my extended family lived within 100 miles of my hometown. For the holidays, we would all get together. As a kid, I never fully appreciated the fact that our families lived so close and could spend almost every holiday together. I was more worried that my toys weren’t going to be cleaned up after the cousins came to visit, or that my books weren’t going to be put back on the shelf in alphabetical order. It wasn’t until I moved 1,500 miles away from my family that I realized the traditions I was leaving behind..

My first holidays away from my family made me appreciate how lucky I was to have been able to celebrate every Christmas not only my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, but also with great aunts, great uncles, and dozens of distant cousins (if you’re trying to picture it, yes, we did have no less than 75 people at Christmas dinner every year). When I moved away and wasn’t able to make it back to my hometown every year, I realized that I would have to start making my own holiday traditions.

Maybe you’ve recently moved away to start life in a new city, or maybe you just don’t get warm and fuzzy around the holidays like you did as a kid. Whatever reason you have for wanting to build some holiday traditions of your own, today’s episode will give you 3 ideas to start now.

Holiday Tradition Option #1: Claim an Event

My favorite holiday traditions are holiday dinners and parties. From Thanksgiving dinner to Ugly Christmas Sweater parties, each year I look forward to making the rounds and catching up with friends and family. If you want to start a holiday tradition of hosting events in your home, there are a few rules to follow. First, don’t hog the holidays. Unless no one in your circles has any motivation (or space) to host parties, pick one event that you will do sometime between October and January. Let your friends and family enjoy playing host as well, and you can practice being a gracious guest at their parties. The best part of being a guest is that you can learn tips and tricks from other hosts to help your events become even better.

Next, pick a holiday dinner or party that isn’t being done in your circles yet. Do your friends already throw a great holiday cocktail party in December? If you try to throw another fancy party in December and invite the same group of friends, you’re only going to overwhelm their schedules and underwhelm their senses of adventure. How about scheduling a New Year’s Day pajama brunch to let your friends enjoy time talking about their wild night over fresh pancakes? Or hold an annual Halloween pre-party where your friends can arrive in costume and enjoy some food and drinks before heading out on the town.

See also: Holiday Dinner Hopping


Whatever holiday event you choose to host, stick to it year after year. Your parties will become more successful if you remain consistent in your schedule as well as theme because your friends will start to look forward to the event. Do your best to host the party around the same time each season as well. If you host Thanksgiving dinner, pick an early afternoon time or an evening time, and then stick to it. Your friends and family will often get multiple invitations, so if they know what time they need to be at your place, they can try to make another party later in the day if they can. Likewise, if you consistently throw a holiday party on the second Saturday in December, your friends will know to plan their holiday calendars around your event.