Reflect on Holiday Traditions

christmas decoratingFamily traditions pepper our lives, making our experiences richer and our memories more vivid. The members of our Reflection community have traditions as varied as they are: hiking expeditions with siblings, lucky lures for fishing trips, or baking that special family treat for the holidays. Family traditions ground us, giving us something intangible to share with those we love. Whether you’re a North Carolina native or you’re freshly experiencing the natural wonder of our lakeside mountain, a new holiday tradition is the perfect way to make your cabin feel like home. Here are 5 holiday traditions to start with your family this year.

  1. Cut a fresh Christmas tree. Whether you’re visiting your favorite tree farm or chopping a tree from the Nantahala National Forest, there’s something about cutting your own Christmas tree that brings the holiday spirit home. Trim the tree together for another classic holiday tradition.
  2. Give back to the community. It’s the season of giving, and providing food, presents, and holiday services for those in need is the best way to spread Christmas cheer. Volunteer to serve holiday meals, donate gifts for underprivileged kids, or start a free gift wrapping service.
  3. Explore the great outdoors. Embark on a holiday adventure your family can revisit year after year. Ride the Polar Express and marvel at a Nantahala winter wonderland. Plan a game of Christmas football when the extended family comes to town. Or simply sit outside with a mug of cocoa and enjoy the stillness of the forest.
  4. Bake a holiday treat. There’s nothing quite like pulling out a recipe you only use once a year. Make the holiday special by making that Christmas dessert, then tuck the recipe back into its book until next year.
  5. Soak up the holiday season. Take advantage of the holly, jolly world around you by gathering your family for caroling, Christmas movies, and insights into other people’s holiday traditions.

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