8 New Christmas Traditions That Are Better Than Elf on a Shelf

Have a Christmas Scavenger Hunt

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7. Have a Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Regardless of whether your family opens presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it’s always fun to change things up a bit, especially when the kids get a little older. Instead of opening all of your presents under the tree, save one big or particularly special one for the kids to find via a scavenger hunt around the house.

Leave clues in strategic places and have them follow the clues to the gift. Just make sure they don’t accidentally find other clues out of order along the way!

Texts From Santa

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8. Texts From Santa

Definitely a fun, modern Christmas tradition to start, you can actually sign up to get text messages from Santa Claus himself! Texts From Santa is a messaging service that sends texts to the good little boy or girl of your choice or you can have them sent to your own phone to share with the kids.

You can have the messages personalized with their name, age, their pet’s name, and even your town’s name to make it all the more real for them. Best of all, Santa sends a selfie of himself in your living room on Christmas morning!

Resources

The Imagination Tree (50 Magical Family Christmas Traditions)

Parents (14 Fun Family Traditions to Start Today)