Whether your family gathers from near or far every Christmas, there’s nothing like traditions to get everyone in the festive spirit. Here are some of our favourites to get you holiday-ready.

Your family might already have some traditions that are standard every Christmas, like digging into the famous roast or pavlova, but why not make this year one to start something new? Here are some Christmas traditions that the little ones and the older folks will enjoy too.

Decorate cupcakes or cookies

A hands-on, impromptu gift is always fun. Give everyone a plain cookie or cupcake and get them to decorate it personally for one other family member. Make a decorating station out of the dining table or kitchen bench with frosting, food colouring, marshmallows, chocolate chips and sprinkles.

You can even pick names out of a hat for a fun version of Secret Santa – cookie style! It’ll get messy, but it’s worth it 😉

Donate gifts

Take the chance these holidays to give back to the wider community or support a charity. The gift of giving is more rewarding than anything else! Get your little ones involved and see what ideas they can come up with.

It could be wrapping and donating toys, shoes or clothes. Or it could be a nursing home or hospital visit. The sky’s the limit!

Bing Lee proudly supports the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and you can donate to their great cause here.

Spend the day in pyjamas

This one requires very little effort – and that’s the whole point! If you spend Christmas Day indoors with the family, gift each other some pjs and enjoy the day in comfort. Not to mention, personalised pjs are always a much-loved present!

Think matching sets with character prints, movie themes or classic Christmas patterns. Or why not a onsie?

Watch a Christmas movie

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After the big feast and playing with all the presents, what better way to unwind than on the couch with a holiday-themed film? Vote on a family favourite like Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Grinch.

You can keep the theme up with special Christmas popcorn and mini gingerbread men to snack on!

Play a classic board game

Many families might already do this, but having a rival game of Charades or hours-long rounds of Monopoly is a great way for true (and competitive) colours to come out.

Give the games a Christmas twist by changing the tokens, or even have a gift from Santa under the tree that the winner of the game can claim!

Read a Christmas story

This might sound a little cliché, but having a heartfelt Christmas story read to the youngest ones by their grandparents is a special way to celebrate the season. It’s a wonderful memory for children to cherish.

Pick a classic book and have the older family members write down a Christmas message inside. The book can then be passed down through each generation!

Take a family photo

Create a family Christmas album and add a new photo to it every year. Take it in front of the Christmas tree, on a staircase or in front of the house.

Be as creative as you like in the photo! Make it goofy, sweet, messy or neat. You can even allocate someone different to dress up as Santa each year. Open up the album every Christmas and see how much everyone’s grown!

Posted by:Natalie Milad

Natalie Milad is a content and blog writer who studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since her graduation in 2016, she has written many lifestyle articles for various Australian businesses, including the homewares and furniture retailer Zanui. Natalie has experience in script writing, news reading and interviewing. Her days not writing are usually filled with DIY projects, floury benchtops and constantly renovating her home. Today, Natalie writes her articles for the Bing Lee Blog. She gives user reviews, lifestyle tips and product research on all the latest technology.