Christmas Traditions with the Berenstain Bears

You may have passed down holiday traditions but have you thought about trying out some new ones this year? A lot has changed in the past year and a half and we encourage you to embrace the change and try a few fun Christmas activities inspired by the Berenstain Bears that could soon turn into beloved family favorites. Check out our list below!

Whether you sing around the neighborhood or have a singalong just as a family, Christmas carols are a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Have a family member who is skilled on an instrument? Have then join along! In The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling, the Bear family shares their musical talents with all of Bear Country!

Grab your extra wrapping paper, coloring supplies, or even use a potato stamp to create your own DIY Christmas cards! If you have little ones you can even make some hand print cards in holiday themed colors. The possibilities are endless and the card recipients will love seeing your family’s unique creations!


Does your Christmas tree get dry and brittle long before christmas day? Ensure you get a fresh tree by venturing out and cutting your own! Many tree farms offer cut your own options, and it can be an activity for the whole family! Let your little ones help pick out the perfect tree for your home, like the Bear cubs do in The Berenstain Bears’ Old Fashioned Christmas!

Do you have the same meal every Christmas? Switch it up a little and try adding a new recipe to your repertoire! You can have your kids get involved and pick out something that they might like. We recommend browsing through our kid-friendly Holiday Cookbook for a recipe that is guaranteed to be yummy for the entire family!

Add a new twist to the traditional holiday party by making it a cookie party! Have each of your guests bring their own special Holiday Cookies, along with the recipes so you can try them all and take notes for next year! Best of all, guests get to take home a variety of cookies to enjoy over the holiday break.

The Holiday season is about giving, so we recommend finding a way to give back to your local community! This can be as easy as gathering non-perishable food to donate to your local food bank, gifting a toy to Toys for Tots, or being of service to those in need around you. This will help spread some holiday cheer to those outside your immediate circle of friends and family. The Bear family learns the importance of giving back in our Holiday story, The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving.

Though the weather may be cold and frightful, there is no better way to shake off the seasonal blues or to work off those extra cookies than by getting active! Find something the entire family likes to do, like a brisk walk to check out holiday lights, or skiing and sledding like Papa and Brother Bear in The Bears’ Christmas. If the weather is too cold you can always come back inside to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.

We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas! If you try one new tradition, or all of them we are sure they will help you create wonderful holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come!

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