If your list of holiday traditions is feeling a little, er, traditional, try these fresh ideas with a modern twist.
Spread Some Holiday Cheer
Then: Writing a letter to update everyone on everything that happened over the year
Now: Create a dedicated (and free) Facebook page or WordPress blog and send out the link.
Rock Around the Xmas Tree
Then: Plastic trees and candle menorahs
Deck the Halls
Then: DIY popcorn strands
Now: Ribbons with sparkly felt snowflake decals (found at crafts stores). No mess, no needles—and it makes it easy for little ones to get into the spirit.
Then: Building the biggest snowman on the block
Now: Turn snowdrifts into works of art using Sno-Paint ($19; plowhearth.com).
Then: Decorating a gingerbread house with white icing and gumdrops
Now: Make seasonal s'mores sprinkled with crushed peppermint and the new rectangular Jet-Puffed StackerMallows ($3; grocery stores).
New Year's Resolution
Then: Going to the gym and losing 15 pounds
Now: A family resolution of unplugging from the TV and cell phones to spend more time together!
What are some of your family holiday traditions?
This article originally appeared in the December/January 2012 issue of Parenting magazine.