The holiday season is a time to build lifelong memories with your family and remember the greatest gift of all—the birth of Jesus Christ. One way to do this is to build meaningful traditions with your kids. Family traditions are often handed down from generation to generation. Children learn from these meaningful moments and each one makes the season a little brighter.

Holiday Traditions from the HeartThis holiday season, take a moment to reflect on the goodness that surrounds your family. Here are some traditions you can start that inspire children to live with an attitude of gratitude.

“I am thankful for…” Ornaments. Ask each family member to write down something that they are thankful for on a piece of paper shaped like a snowflake each day. Once they are finished with their thought – this instant ornament can be hung from your tree!

Volunteer your time. Look for opportunities to volunteer your time as a family at a foodbank, a coat drive or a homeless shelter helping those families and individuals that are in need.

Sponsor a child through a local giving tree. Let your children pick a name from the tree and allow them to pick out the “perfect” gift for their child.

Give the gift of reading! Start a book drive and ask coworkers, friends, neighbors, and family to donate children’s books that you can give to your local library, elementary school, or family shelter.

Bake your favorite holiday treats and deliver them to those that don’t get a holiday! There are many workers that we depend on for our care and safety who have to work on Christmas. Visit your local fire station, police department, or the staff at your neighborhood hospital.

These special gifts of time and love will be appreciated by those that are touched by our generosity. Traditions focused upon gratitude create happiness, strengthen families in appreciation for others past and present, and teach generosity of spirit. Traditions that bring your child closer to God should be a priority this season and throughout the year.