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The Sims 4 Seasons: Traditions and their Features

The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack brings the ability to create your own holidays. Each holiday can be customized and depend on up to 5 traditions that you can choose in the Edit Holiday Menu.

With each tradition there’s at least 1 activity that will encourage your household and the world around you to perform them. There are also traditions which bring multiple activities and interactions!

Down below you’ll see a list of all traditions that you get with The Sims 4 Seasons. There are also certain traditions that you unlock after installing certain packs for The Sims 4 that we’ll cover during this week!

  • Air Grievances – Direct honest feedback is harsh and it feels oh so good to get off your chest. To participate, select other Sims and choose Mean socials such as Yell At.
  • Appreciate an Object – What is special and worthy of appreciation to you? Reflect around objects and the larger meaning behind them. To participate, click on an Object and select Appreciate.
  • Art & Music Spirit – Make music and make art. Sing until your voice gives out or the neighbors complain. To participate, create art by doing things like Painting, Taking Photos or Dancing, or do musical things by Singing, Listening to Music, or Playing an Instrument.
  • Attend Holiday Ceremony – Attend a Ceremony b using the phone to travel there to complete this tradition.
  • Baking – The smell of fresh baked treats is worth celebrating. Why not make a holiday around it? To participate, Click on a Stove and Select Bake or Cook, then choose a baked good.
  • Bar-B-Que – There is nothing quite like fire grilled food. Debates on the best fuel source and sauce recipe get very heated. To participate, Click on any Outdoor Grill and select Grill.
  • Cleaning – A clean home is a happy home! To participate, Clean around the home, Empty the Trash, Mop Up Puddles, and Clean Up dishes.
  • Countdown to Midnight – Stay up past bedtime and shout at the TV in celebration! To participate, Watch the Countdown to Midnight on TV. The countdown will be available on TVs after 11:00PM.
  • Decorate – The perfect bit of color and decor can really set the stage for any holiday. To participate, place holiday decorations from Build Mode. Decorate the house exterior by placing and using The Attic Stack Decoration Box.
  • Drinking – Celebrate with the perfect summer lemonade, warm apple spiced nog, or any of a Mixologists wonderful creations. To participate, drink something from a Bar, Drink Stand or Fridge.
  •  Egg Hunt – Colorfully painted eggs are hidden throughout your yard. Gotta collect ’em all. To participate, click on objects in the world and select Hunt for Egg.
  • Exercise – Celebrate by taking care of yourself. Push yourself to do just a few more reps or go just a little further on your run. To participate, do any exercise activity like Jogging, Push-ups, or Lifting Weights.
  • Fasting – Appreciate all the good food you have by going without for a short time. To participate, do not Eat any food for 6 hours.
  • Father Winter – On special nights of celebration, Father Winter will visit the household of festive Sims. If you are quick you can catch him bringing gifts for all good children. To participate, place a Fireplace and a Pile of Presents in your home. Then wait for midnight.
  • Festive Lighting – Traditional lighting of candles is a great way to save on the electrical bill while gathering friends and family. To participate, Click on a Holiday Tree, Menorah, or Kinara and select Light Candle.
  • Festive Spirit – Be festive and jolly with friends and family. To participate, use festive socials such as Lighting the Holiday Tree, Ask if Good or Bad or Belly Laugh.
  • Fighting – Time to practice that right hook! Today is all about starting Fights with other Sims.
  • Fire – The crackling flames inspire primal celebration. To participate, Light a Bonfire, Campfire, Fireplace or Burn a Leaf Pile. Then interact with any of these sources of fire.
  • Flower Bunny – The Flower Bunny has come to visit and spread flowery delight! To participate, do Friendly interactions with the Flower Bunny.
  • Games – Strategy, learning, entertainment, and accomplishment all in the same activity. Great alone or with friends. To participate, play with video games, toys, the arcade or the chess table.
  • Gardening – A tradition dedicated to those with a green thumb, and those working on one. To participate, Harvest, Plant, Water, Weed, or Spray in the garden.
  • Give Flowers – To participate, use the Purchase Gift interaction on the phone or computer to buy flowers. Then select a Sim and choose Give Gift.
  • Give Gifts – Exchanging a gift is a great way to conver appreciation, humor, and romance. It even works to trick adversaries. To participate, Buy Gifts from the Phone, Computer or Build Mode. Click on other SIms and Give Gifts. Make sure to check the mail for gifts sent to you.
  • Go on a Date – Take out that special someone, or invite out a new soon to be special someone. It’s tradition! To participate, Click on the Phone and select Ask on Date, Choose another Sim and select a location for the date.
  • Go on a Vacation or Travel – There is no place like home…which you won’t know until you travel! To participate, Click on the Phone and select Take a Vacation, or Travel to a Commercial Venue.
  • Grand Meal – A most delectable feast awaits stomachs growling in anticipation. Just make sure someone else volunteers to do the dishes. Cook a Grand Meal by clicking on the Stove or Fridge. To start the feast, select Call to Grand Meal on the completed dish.
  • Holiday Gnomes – Give respect and gifts to the friendly gnomes in the hopes of festive rewards. To participate, find Gnomes around your lot, Click on the Gnomes and select Appease the Gnome.
  • Invite Guests – Celebrate with friends, family, and random Sims you met on the street. To participate, Click on the Phone and select Invite to Hangout at Current Lot. Then socialize with at least two of your guests once they arrive.
  • Light Kinara – Light the candles on the Kinara to reflect the seven principles. To participate, Click on the Kinara and select Light Candle.
  • Light Menorah – Celebrate by lighting the candles of the Menorah. To participate, Click on the Menorah and select Light Candle.
  • Make Resolutions – Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. To participate, Click on your Sim and select Make Resolution.
  • Mischief Spirit – A holiday is the perfect excuse for mischievious hijinks that are in good fun. Time to work on some pranks. To participate, Click on another Sim and select Mischief. Then select any of the Mischief options.
  • Open Presents – It’s better to receive than to give. Wait, reverse that! To participate, Open a Present from any Gift Pile.
  • Party Spirit – Drink, Dance, and Play Music. The party spirit lives in us all. To participat,e use any of the various party activities. Drink, Dance, Play an Instrument, Tell Jokes, Flirt, or Sing.
  • Polar Bear Plunge – It is freezing out but the water hasn’t completely iced over. Perfect time for a swim. To participate, Swim in any outside pool while it is cold outside.
  • Remembrance – Spend time remembering those who have passed but are never truly gone. To participate, Click on an Urn or Gravestone and choose any of the available options. You can also meet and interact with a Ghost.
  • Romantic Spirit – Spend a little extra time with the one you love or the one you are falling in love with. To participate, do romantic socials such as Kissing, Hugging, Flirting, or if the mood strikes, WooHoo!
  • Spooky Spirit – The midnight hours is close at hand. Ghosts, vampires and aliens are in the plan. Celebrate all that sends a shiver up the spine. To participate, do spooky actions such as interacting with ghosts, vampires, or aliens. You can also carve pumpkins, or play spooky music on the Pipe Organ.
  • Sports TV – Yes, cheering louder does help your team win on TV. To participate, Click on a TV and select Watch Sports.
  • Streaking – Nothing is as freeing as running down the street with the wind in your, um, face. To participate, select the Sim and then select Go Streaking.
  • Tell Stories – Gather around and tell your favorite stories. It is much more interactive than reading a book. To participate, tell a story to another Sim. Try reading a toddler a book or telling stories around a campfire if you have one.
  • Thankful Spirit – Spend time to reflect and be thankful – who knows what tomorrow will bring. To participate, discuss what you can Be Thankful for with another Sim.
  • Trick or Treat – Random masked neighborhood kids come to your door asking for food? Sounds like a great tradition. To participate, Click on Children who have knocked on your door and select Trick or Treat!
  • Watch Romantic TV – A proper romantic flick can really set the mood for a romantic holiday. To participate, Click on the TV and select Watch Romance.
  • Water Fun – When the weather heats up, celebrate with a little H20. It is the only Tradition that requires a swimsuit!
  • To participate, go Swimming or interact with various water toys like the Kiddie Pool, Sprinkle-O-Matic, or Water Balloons.
  • Wear Costumes – A chance to dress up as a Llama or a Fairy and have everyone act like that is normal. To participate, Click on your Sims and select Wear Costume. Then choose your costume.

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  1. Can you find out if diya and other single candles work for “festive lighting”? Diwali would be weird with kinaras, menorahs, or Xmas trees.

  2. I can’t get the give gift option to work. My husband bought a gift throught the phone which went into his inventory. As soon as that was done, I clicked on the female sim, but nothing like give a gift comes up. What am I doing wrong? Help. Thanks.

  3. So while the idea is nice, i created a Halloween Holiday and I can’t do anything with the gravestones on my lot, just the usual “engrave an epitaph” and “destroy” options. Same goes for pumpkin carving, how am I supposed to do that?

  4. Can the children in your household trick or treat, or is it just the random children coming to your door that does it?

  5. I have my sims all set up for their Winterfest holiday and added the Festive Lighting tradition but though I can decorate the holiday tree and “Light tree” alone or with others, there is no “Light candle” option and the Light tree one does nothing for the tradition…. what do I have to do?

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