Making ornaments together, spending time with friends and family, and looking at holiday lights are some of our favorite family Christmas traditions. What are some ways you enjoy and savor the simple moments during the holidays? (Be sure to enter to our giveaway at the end of this post to win some time-saving products from Bona and a relaxing spa gift card so you can enjoy #BonaSimpleMoments #ad)

This weekend, we started a new family Christmas tradition. We invited some friends, many of whom we haven’t seen in years, over for an afternoon of cocoa and cocktails.

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It was perfect, low-key holiday party that’s stress-free and fun for hosts and guests alike. No one felt like they had to wear sequins or get a baby sitter, and we didn’t stress ourselves out with an elaborate, big-budget menu or lots of exhaustive cleaning. We just served a mix of store-bought goodies and favorite snacks, like these easy and flavorful fire crackers.

Christmas 2014 Home Tour

When our guests had all gone, we decided we wanted to make our afternoon get-together one of our annual family Christmas traditions.

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In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be hard to slow down and make time for simple moments and memories. But they are so worth it.

I’ll be sharing a few ideas of activities we enjoy sharing with family and friends, as well as some tips for how you can make time for them.

Our party was a perfect example. We planned it on a whim, and sent out invitations just a few days before, which is not my usual party-planning MO.

As I mentioned earlier, we planned a simple, streamlined menu of snacks and beverages. I did my grocery shopping online a few days before.

I love all the vintage and rustic Christmas decor she used to decorate this gorgeous stone fireplace mantel for the holidays.

Since the house was already decorated for Christmas and we had vacuumed earlier in the week, we didn’t have to do a major pre-party cleaning and fluffing that can leave you too tired to enjoy your guests.

Before our guests arrived, we just did a quick cleanup downstairs using Bona Wet & Dry Cloths.

The holiday season is about enjoying time with friends and creating simple family Christmas traditions. When it comes to chores, we love tools that let us get our housework done quickly so we have more time for fun. #ad #BonaSimpleMoments

The Bona disposable dusting cloths are really great for cleaning stairs quickly and reaching dust and dirt under furniture and in corners that are hard to access with the vacuum.

The holiday season is about enjoying time with friends and creating simple family Christmas traditions. When it comes to chores, we love tools that let us get our housework done quickly so we have more time for fun. #ad #BonaSimpleMoments

The Bona Hardwood Floor Wet Cleaning Pads are great for spills and quick cleanups when you only have 10 or 15 minutes to clean.

All year round, but especially around the holidays, we like to get our chores done quickly and move onto fun things. We often set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and do a power cleaning session, and I love that I can dust and mop in that time.

The time we save cleaning up can be spent making memories. Here are a few simple family Christmas traditions we enjoy.

Make Keepsake Ornaments

Twine Candy Cane Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Every year, we do at least one family Christmas craft. These twine-wrapped candy canes are easy enough for kids to make.

Looking for some Christmas ornaments to make with your kids and family? These adorably goofy clothespin reindeer are easy to make. Hang them on the tree or use them as package toppers.

And I was so excited to make these clothespin reindeer with my son since I first made them as a kid.

Send out Christmas Cards

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I know many people don’t send out Christmas cards anymore, but I still love sending and receiving them. It’s always more fun when you can get the whole family involved.

Have a family photo shoot, write a Christmas newsletter, have everyone sign the cards and help with addressing and stamping them.

Last year, my son really liked coloring these printable Minecraft Christmas cards for his friends.

Share a Special Meal Together

If you live in a temperate climate, invite friends and family over for a Christmas brunch outside. I used simple greenery, galvanized accessories and milk bottles to give our farmhouse table a festive touch.

Whether it’s a Christmas brunch outside or a cozy pot pie dinner by the fire, it’s always fun to share a special holiday meal with family members.

Casual Holiday Dinner Party Ideas for Friends and Family with Marie Callender's pot pies

Make a Family Recipe

A few years ago, my mom and I spent a whole day in her kitchen making sweets and treats for Christmas.

We burned the toffee because we were talking, but it was a great memory.

This no-bake icebox fruit cake recipe will change your mind about Christmas's most maligned dessert. You'll love this fruity and nutty version made with graham crackers and marshmallows.

The holidays are a great time to dust off a favorite family recipe, like my grandma’s icebox fruit cake recipe, And it’s always more fun when you recruit helpers.

My son and husband love helping me make fried wontons at Christmas.

Visit Santa Claus or a Live Nativity

Meeting Santa at Biltmore House

We love taking advantage of all our community offers during the holiday season. Parades, community tree lighting ceremonies, church live nativity events and Santa sightings are usually free and always fun.

Tour the Lights

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There’s something magical about December nights spent touring the Christmas lights. No matter where I have lived, there have always been beautiful light shows to experience and enjoy during the holidays.

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What are some of your favorite family Christmas traditions?



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