There’s something about Christmas that puts a twinkle in your eye and pep in your step. Maybe it’s the joy of putting a smile on a loved one’s face with a personalized present. Maybe it’s the snow-covered sidewalks and holiday Starbucks cups. Maybe it’s the promise of a new year — or maybe it’s just the promise of paid time off (hey, we feel you). Regardless of your reasons for loving the season, it’s likely that tried-and-true holiday traditions are a big part of them, making each Christmas that much more special and that much more nostalgic. Based on your star sign, this is the tradition that you — scrooges excluded! — should prioritize on your holiday schedule.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)
Baking Holiday Goodies: Dust off your most festive apron, Aries, because baking up big batches of cookies, cakes, candies, and more is the holiday tradition for you. Anyone who’s attempted to roll out a particularly sticky ball of dough or frost detailed designs onto a freshly cooled cookie knows just how frustrating baking can be, but you’re certainly up for the challenge — and won’t stop until your goods are picture-perfect. (Photo via Brit + Co)
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)
Listening to Christmas Music: You likely tuned into your city’s Christmas music radio station weeks ago — if you didn’t already have a premade Christmas playlist you listen to all year. Your affinity for music makes you a fan of everything from the classic tunes (Bing Crosby, anyone?) to Ariana Grande’s festive originals. So crank up the volume, Taurus, because unfortunately, it’s only socially acceptable to do so for another month!
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20)
Looking at Christmas Lights: Your inquisitive nature makes wandering around an impressive lights display all that much more exciting. Make sure to bundle up before you begin pondering just how they synchronized the lights and the music so perfectly, how expensive the electricity bill is, and how long it took for them to construct that dancing Santa Claus. Then you can pick your jaw up off the floor, take a sip of something hot to warm yourself back up, and head to the next house.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)
Writing Personalized Holiday Cards: Cancers are known for sentimentality, a trait that’s amplified during holidays. Christmas offers a unique seasonal way to express to your loved ones just how much you care: holiday cards. Whether you pre-order picture cards featuring you and your boo or hand-write holiday letters (with some topical doodles), you welcome the opportunity to put pen to paper for your favorite peeps.
LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22)
Caroling: It takes gusto — and not necessarily talent — to traipse around your neighborhood singing holiday songs to others, but any Leo has the confidence to take on this well-loved tradition. Grab a coat, scarf, some hot cider (to keep your hands warm, of course!), and your gutsiest friends, and take to the streets. Pro tip: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” doesn’t require much singing skill, but it’s sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
VIRGO (AUGUST 23-SEPTEMBER 22)
Window Shopping: Virgos are all about practicality, so window shopping is the perfect winter pastime — you get the joy of experiencing some of the season’s most exciting offerings without actually having to splurge on them. The holiday displays that pop up in major cities across the US are nothing short of awe-inspiring, so set aside an afternoon, put on your bougiest duster coat, and prepare to have your mind blown. Barneys New York, here we come!
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 22)
Volunteering: No one gets the saying “It’s better to give than to receive” quite like Libras do. Part of why you’re so loved is your selflessness, and the holidays offer myriad chances to give back to your communities. Your passion will inspire those in the soup kitchen, delight children in need of gifts, evoke feelings of home for people in shelters, and more.
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 21)
Hanging Mistletoe: Scorpios, you’re oh-so-passionate in just about every aspect of life, and that especially includes the romantic part. So it comes as no surprise that you adore the tradition of dangling mistletoe above every doorway you can reach so that everyonecan share the love as they walk under it. Hey, Christmas and cuffing seasondo overlap after all. Pucker up!
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 21)
Cutting Down the Christmas Tree: We hope you’ve been practicing your ax-slinging swing, because searching for the perfect Christmas fir on the tree farm is your ideal winter day, Sag. Some people prefer the convenience of imitation decor, but you’re all about the adventure of searching through hundreds, if not thousands, of real pine trees for the perfect one and cutting it down yourself. Make sure to bring along a thermos of your favorite hot drink and some festive snacks to share!
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 19)
Decorating a Gingerbread House: You’re detail-oriented and determined — two absolute musts if you’re to build a successful gingerbread house. Of course, kits are available, but if in typical Capricorn style you want to go the extra mile, try making the gingerbread from scratch. Now all you need is frosting, red and green candies, candy canes, and a whole lot of concentration.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 18)
Watching Christmas Movies: As far as you’re concerned, Aquarius, the only TV worth watching during the winter months is on the Hallmark channel. Your introverted nature makes the thought of curling up in your pajamas under a fuzzy blanket with a cup of eggnog in hand extra-appealing. And don’t forget about the classics! White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street are sure to bring on the ultimate level of Christmas nostalgia.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 20)
Crafting: Whether you’re piecing together an ornament for your tree, perfecting a centerpiece for the holiday table, or stitching embellishments onto an ugly Christmas sweater, as a Pisces, you’re sure to be swept up in plenty of new projects during December. Your natural abilities lend themselves to a very DIY holiday, and your less artistically inclined loved ones are sure to welcome your homemade gifts from the heart. (Photo via Brit + Co)