The holidays are hectic enough if you’re celebrating one holiday. Many families have multiple faiths or cultures coming together. You can honor all your family’s traditions so that you celebrate everyone’s heritage. Here’s how you can manage this season if your family has multiple holidays to celebrate.
Create new traditions
You can put your own spin on old holiday traditions to make them unique for your family. Maybe you all get together and sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Or maybe you light a Kinara and a Menorah. Whatever you choose to do, celebrate all holidays equally so your children learn both sides of your family’s traditions. You can pick and choose what works best for your family. Don’t stress about doing everything or doing them the traditional way if that doesn’t work for you. Holidays are meant for family togetherness and fun.
Designate a team to prep for each holiday
Divide up everything that needs to get done for each holiday’s traditions and create family teams to prepare. Maybe mom heads up team Christmas with the boys in the house while dad is captain of team Kwanzaa with the girls. Make a list of everything that must be done to prepare like decorating, passing down stories about the holiday, watching movies, buying gifts and making food. Then the whole family can come together to celebrate each holiday, respectively.
Celebrate multiple holidays equally
Make sure everyone’s culture is honored by giving equal attention to each holiday that your family celebrates. Learn new things about your significant other’s beliefs and holiday traditions so that you can help your kids learn the origins of these holidays that are so special to your family.
Take a holiday vacation together
If the stress of holiday prep gets to you, plan a holiday vacation instead of traditional holiday celebrations. You can still honor each holiday while spending time together as a family, but rather than spending money on gifts and preparations, you can spend it on the experience of having a getaway together.
There are no right and wrong ways to celebrate. When you blend cultures, you can come up with wonderful new traditions to pass down through generations in your family. Enjoy time with your loved ones and don’t stress about perfection!