Time to write the letters to Santa and pull out the Elf on the Shelf. Time for the kids to make their own Christmas lists (longer than Santa's) and check them eight, nine, 10 times. Time to fight the cold, snow and crowds at the mall in search of that one perfect present.
Are you starting to feel that your holiday season revolves around gifts? So many of our family traditions center around our kids' wants, but what kind of message does that send our families? The message of Christmas is about so much more than Santa or getting the latest, greatest toy. Rekindle the magic of Christmas in your home this year by trying out any of these twenty traditions, all of which focus on something other than presents.
Go caroling as a family
You can even make it into a service project by singing at a senior center, nursing home or children's wing of a hospital.
Get everyone in the kitchen, then hit the streets to drop off your culinary creations to friends and neighbors.
Build a fire
If you have an appropriate place, sitting by a roaring fire is magical for kids and adults alike.
Listen to Christmas music
Make Christmas last all December long, and introduce your kids to some of the classics. Pop a few CDs in the car or plug in your iPod for month-long magic.
Decorate the tree
Make it a big family affair, complete with music, tinsel and lots of laughter.
Watch a holiday-themed stage production
Take the kids to a family friendly showing of The Nutcracker or a stage production of A Christmas Carol.
Go sledding or ice skating as a family. Then head back inside for a hot cocoa party.
Read holiday books before bed
Pull out copies of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas and others to read before bed the week of Christmas.
Drive around and look at lights
Check out the hard work your neighbors put into holiday displays.
Get a fresh tree
Whether you pick up a permit and head to the woods or only venture as far as your local tree lot, fresh trees are a time-honored tradition.
Make Christmas cards a family affair
Let everyone in on writing your family Christmas card, encouraging each child to include highlights from his or her year.
Watch holiday movies
The Grinch, The Polar Express, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Charlie Brown Christmas... the list goes on and on.