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11 Christmas Traditions: Building Stonger Family Connections Through Creating Memories & Time Together


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The holiday season is always an exciting time for families. It’s a time when families come together, share meals and experiences, and build beautiful memories that last a lifetime.


One way to strengthen your family bonds during the Christmas season is by participating in family traditions. Even though teenagers may roll their eyes at some traditions, they will appreciate the memories that were created and may even continue them with their families in the future.


In this blog post, we will explore the importance of family traditions during Christmas time and list eleven Christmas traditions that teenagers would enjoy.


Family traditions are important because they allow us to connect with one another. When we take part in a tradition together, we are sharing the experience, creating memories, and building stronger bonds with our loved ones. Family traditions also provide a sense of stability and routine.


In a world full of change and unpredictability, traditions offer a sense of comfort and security.

Now let’s dive into the eleven Christmas traditions that teenagers would enjoy!


Eleven Christmas Traditions That Can Strengthen Family Bonds


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Baking Christmas Cookies


Baking Christmas cookies together is a fun activity that teens and parents can enjoy. Parents can pass down family recipes to their teens, or they can all work together to create their own unique cookies. Once the cookies are baked, the family can enjoy them together while enjoying a cozy evening indoors.


1. Decorating the Christmas Tree


Decorating the Christmas tree is a fun activity that everyone can participate in. Each family member can have their own special ornament to hang, or it can be a team effort to make sure that the tree is decorated just right.


2. Christmas Movie Night


Watching Christmas movies together is a great way to snuggle up and bond as a family. Parents and teens can take turns choosing which movie to watch, and they can all enjoy each other’s company while soaking up the festive spirit.


3. Christmas Carol Sing-Along


Singing Christmas carols together as a family can be a fun and heartwarming experience. Parents and teens can choose their favorite carols and sing them together, creating a festive atmosphere filled with love and joy.


4. Christmas Light Display


Going on a drive to look at all the neighborhood light displays is a fun activity that families can do together. Teens can enjoy the beauty of the lights and decorations while spending time with their loved ones.


6. Volunteering


Volunteering as a family during the Christmas season is a special way to give back to the community. Parents and teens can choose a local charity or organization to volunteer with, and they can spend meaningful time together while helping others in need.


7. Fondue Night


Having a fondue night can be a fun and delicious activity that teens and parents can enjoy. Parents and teens can choose their favorite cheeses and dips and enjoy a lovely evening at home.


8. Gingerbread House Making


Making gingerbread houses together as a family can be a fun and creative activity. Parents and teens can work together to create their own unique gingerbread houses, or they can even make it a friendly competition!


9. Christmas Eve Pajama Night


Wearing Christmas pajamas and spending the evening together as a family can be a wonderful way to usher in the holiday. Parents and teens can enjoy a cozy night in, and even read Christmas stories or exchange small gifts.


10. Christmas Brunch


Having Christmas brunch together as a family can be a festive and special way to spend the morning together. Teenagers can help prepare the meal with their parents, and the family can enjoy good food and good company.


11. Secret Santa Gift Exchange


A secret Santa gift exchange is a fun and exciting way to exchange gifts within the family. Parents and teens can draw names and spend time finding the perfect gift for their secret Santa, creating a fun and festive atmosphere in the household.


Wrapping it Up


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In conclusion, participating in family traditions during Christmas time is an important way to strengthen family bonds.


At Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, we believe in the importance of specialized therapeutic services to enhance communication skills, improve relationships, and overall well-being of families, couples, and individuals.


We hope these eleven Christmas traditions bring your family closer together during the holiday season. Happy holidays from our family to yours!


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling: 25+ Combined Years in Specializing in Teen, Young Adult, & Family Therapy

Sugar Land, TX & Houston


We at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling wish all of you Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas.


Sometimes during the Holiday season, we see things like depression and anxiety emerge in teens and young adults. If your teen or young adult is struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, ADHD, trauma, PTSD or other challenges, call us today. We are here to help.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counselinglocated in Sugar Land, TX, is conveniently located off of US 90 and Dairy Ashford Road. Our specialists in teen counseling, therapy for young adults, and family therapy have helped others overcome emotional or behaviroal challenges. We want to help you too!


We also have our Katy, TX location, Katy Teen & Family Counseling, which is located right off of I-10 and Grand Parkway/Hwy 99 in Katy, TX.


If you are ready to meet with one of our teen therapists or young adult therapists or our neurofeedback therapist, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:


  1. Contact Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling

  2. Talk with one of our caring therapists 

  3. Begin the healing process today!


Other Therapy and Counseling Services Offered at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling


At Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, we provide a variety of therapy approaches that are supported by research and shown to be effective. Some of the teen therapy and young adult counseling we offer are:


Board Certified Neurofeedback Therapy



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)



Group Therapy for Teens


Teen Depression

Teen Anxiety

Teen Social Anxiety

Teen Panic Attacks

Body Image


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)



Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling can be very effective. The secret ingredient to success is each person willing to look at themselves and work to do things differently, together. When a marriage counselor or couples therapist has this to work with, the success rate can be very high.


Sometimes life will throw challenges at us that create situations that put strain on our marriage or relationship. It may be due to:


Choices and actions that have been made by one partner.

  • Financial downturn in the economy creating financial strain.

  • Feeling like you're growing apart.

  • Feeling like you don't have as much in common as you used to.

Whatever the reason may be, marriage counseling and couples therapy can help. Couples therapy and marriage counseling has also been found to work in less time than individual therapy.


If you've worked hard for this relationship and find that there are now barriers in the way of maintaining a healthy relationship, contact us at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling. 


About the Author


A man sitting at a desk with a pink, short sleeved polo shirt on, waring glasses, a silver watch, he has a beard and is smiling. Providing family counseling near me sugar land, tx and depression counseling sugar land, tx. Also providing emdr for anxiety sugar land, tx and emdr for ptsd sugar land, tx 77478.

Jason Drake is a Licensed Clinical Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Board Certified in Neurofeedback, EMDR trained, and a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics. He has provided therapy to teens, young adults, and families since 2003 and is the Owner & Lead Clinician at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, Katy Counseling for Men, & Katy Teen & Family Counseling.


He specializes in leading teams of high performing therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, counseling young adults, and family counseling.


Jason is also a leader in the field of teen, young adult, and family counseling providing expert coaching and technical assistance to teen Residential Treatment Centers across the country.


Jason is also a regular contributor to various magazines and publications lending his expertise to various mental health related topics. You can check these articles out on our "Featured Articles" service page on our website.


He has also been a guest on Fox 26 Houston and on the podcast, "Grow a Group Practice" with Alison Pidgeon and the podcast "Let's Talk With Jennifer B". 


If you are ready to start teen counseling or young adult therapy call, text, or email us today!



Phone Number: (832) 979-4989




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