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7 ways to create New Holiday Traditions

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Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Chances are you're already hanging stockings or going caroling this year. You can add some of these and modify as they fit for your family.

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Feed the wildlife.

During the cold days of winter, birds and small animals that don't hibernate may find it difficult to forage for food. By trimming an outdoor pine tree in edible snacks you'll have a beautiful tree and one that benefits the wildlife as well. String peanuts and other nuts for the squirrels. Make little ornaments out of suet and string for the birds. Berries and corn can be enjoyed by all. Be sure to choose a tree that is far enough away from the home, so you don't have too many scavengers hunting and pecking around the house.

Holiday story countdown.

Every night in December watch a movie or read a story that tells an uplifting holiday tale. Use this as a method of counting down until Christmas. On the night prior, reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" should suffice.

Remember someone who has passed on.

Remember a loved one or a friend who has passed away by lighting a remembrance candle in his or her honor.

Create a photo Advent calendar.

Make your own Advent calendar that has small doors that open up to photos of different family members. Or use a collection of children's pictures that showcase how they've changed as they've grown older.

Have a holiday sing-a-long.

Sure it may be tradition to go around the neighborhood singing carols, but it's just as fun indoors. Have a singing party where guests are given lyrics to popular tunes they can sing around the piano or karaoke machine.

Bring some joy to a public servant.

Cook or cater a meal for a fire house, deliver cookies to the police station or put together care packages for people living on a military base.

"Adopt" a child for holiday gifts.

Each year you can bring a smile to a child in need by purchasing a present for an underprivileged kid. Work with a local charity that organizes events to bring gifts to children in hospitals or in foster care.

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