18 New & Classic Holiday Traditions

Bask in the joys of Christmas with these classics and spin-offs that are sure to keep your holiday merry, busy, and bright.

By Samantha Mellone

Merry Manners
'Tis the season of stress, so it's a great time to teach kids about the importance of being polite. Emily's Christmas Gifts, a story by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, will help your kids learn that the best gifts of all are kindness and consideration.
Buy Emily's Christmas Gifts here.

Wild Card
Count down to Christmas, while trying to count your cards with this Charlie Brown Christmas Edition of Uno.
Buy Charlie Brown Christmas Uno here.

Santa's Coming to Town
Ho! Ho! Oh no! When Santa's sleigh gets separated from his reindeers, it's up to a farm full of animals to make sure kids wake up to their gifts on Christmas morning in Michael Garland's Oh, What a Christmas!
Buy Oh What a Christmas! Here.

Red Nose
Everyone's favorite red-nosed reindeer makes this old-fashioned game more fun. The super bright colored pieces are sure to keep your kids engaged.
Buy Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Checkers here.

All Aboard!
Scour these colorful pages of toys to find hidden treasures between every page. The Toyland Express edition of Can You See What I See? is perfect for your little explorer.
Buy Can You See What I See? Toyland Express here.

King Me.
This decked out A Christmas Story version of checkers is sure to spread Christmas cheer, and even doubles as a tic-tac-toe game.
Buy A Christmas Story Checkers/Tic Tac Toe here.

Charlie's Christmas
This cartoon favorite, where Charlie Brown's on a mission to find out what Christmas is all about, is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Buy A Charlie Brown Christmas here.

When You Wish Upon A Star
Author Colleen Monroe tells the tale of an overgrown pine whose only wish is to be part of someone's Christmas in A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree.
Buy A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree here.

Ready, Set, Wrap!
Get your kids ready to work at Santa's this winter with Gift Trap, the fun game centered on gift giving.
Buy Gift Trap here.

Bah Humbug!
Grumpy old Scrooge just doesn't have enough Christmas cheer! Dicken's classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol, is sure to teach your kids why its important to keep spirits high.
Buy A Christmas Carol here.

Christmas in the Castle
Belle's back in this beloved story to convince the Beast he can't ban Christmas in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
Buy Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas here.

Naughty, Not Nice
Bad Kitty makes Scrooge and the Grinch look like Santa's best elves in Nick Bruel's amusing Christmas book about a greedy feline.
Buy Bad Kitty Christmas here.

You Just Can't Beat the Classics
The animated TV specials that you know and love including Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Frost Returns are now sold as a super cute Christmas classics set.
Buy the Original Christmas Classics here.

Christmas Dinner
Tomie dePoala's popular character, Strega Nona, is welcoming your family into her kitchen for an Italian holiday feast -- with a surprise or two in Strega Nona's Gift.
Buy Strega Nona's Gift here.

Once Upon a Christmas
This movie contains three stories featuring everyone's favorite mouse and his friends as they go on Christmas adventures to encourage selflessness, recall Christmas memories, and eliminate any skepticism surrounding Santa in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.
Buy Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas here.

Hide and Seek
Hide the Elf on the Shelf somewhere different each night to keep the kids guessing all holiday season long.
Buy The Elf on the Shelf here.

Winter in Whoville
Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic comes alive in this movie about how the grumpy old Grinch stole Christmas.
Buy How the Grinch Stole Christmas here.

Instead of trying to collect Park Place, you may want to spend your time making sure you're not getting run over by a reindeer in Christmas-opoly where only those who are nice and not naughty have a chance at winning.
Buy Christmas-opoly here.


This article first appeared on Parents.com.