Christmas is a time of year when many people end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted because of the additional costs involved with the holidays, plus the stress, and the time needed to get all Christmas-related tasks done.
However, if you commit to having a positive attitude about the holiday season, and take some steps to make it memorable for all the right reasons, you should be able to create a fun, family period that you and your kids will look back on with smiles.
Do Some Planning
For starters, it helps to do some planning so your Christmas goes as smoothly as possible. You can plan out your budget for the period (gifts, outings, food, and so on) as well as research events you can attend and other activities to do together as a family.
By taking the time to plan, you will fit more in, be less stressed, avoid missing out on special events, and be more likely to not end up in debt after the more costly time of year is over.
Start Fun Family Traditions
To create a memorable Christmas for your family, look for fun traditions to start doing this year. Come up with affordable yet entertaining things you can do on an annual basis to celebrate the season and spend special time together.
For example, a popular option is heading off to a Christmas tree farm to search for the perfect Christmas tree. Many of these farms serve up hot cocoa and other extras like sleigh rides, hayrides, and mazes, too. You can then decorate the tree together when you get it home. Make the tradition even more impactful by using the same ornaments year after year, especially ones with significance for your family, such as those made by your children.
Other ideas include:
- Check out Christmas lights and decorations in your area
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or help the needy in some other way
- Meet with your extended family or a bunch of friends and get dressed up in fun, silly, or outlandish Christmas outfits; you might even set a different theme for each year and give out prizes for the best dressed
- Play card or board games together
Record Your Holiday Moments for Posterity
For holiday seasons to be memorable, it helps to record them in some way. When you have a record of different Christmas present openings, parties, and other meaningful moments, you can all look back on these occasions fondly in the future, and remember the feelings and bonds you felt.
Look for ways, then, to capture family moments. Videos are always fun and help capture conversations, songs, and other sounds. Plus, take lots of photographs. Apart from general pictures of Christmas day and other occasions, consider doing a yearly family photograph.
This gives you a way to remember each holiday season distinctly, note the size and age of your children throughout the years, and gives you something fun to use when creating your annual Christmas card or family newsletter. These days, once you have a photograph taken of all of you together, it’s quick, easy, and affordable to arrange for personalized holiday cards to be designed and printed online.
Spend Time Together Making Christmas Things
There’s nothing quite like getting your hands busy making Christmas-themed items during the holiday season. Baking or cooking, making homemade gifts, and coming up with decorations as a family is an ideal way to create long-lasting memories.
Children of all ages tend to enjoy using their creativity and learning new skills in this way. Plus, as a parent, doing these things means you get to tick off some practical jobs from your to-do list and save some money at the same time.
Work together to make Christmas cookies, candies, cakes, chutneys, jams, sauces, and other items that can be given as gifts or eaten by your family; assemble and decorate gingerbread houses; thread popcorn garlands or make paper chain decorations; paint handmade tree ornaments, or create your own bon-bon table settings. These are just a few of the cooking and craft-based activities your family can do together to get ready for and enjoy the holidays.
Christmas is one of the best times of year to spend quality time together with your partner, kids, parents, siblings, and other family members. Follow the tips above to make the best use possible of this special time, and thereby create cherished memories to keep your heart warm for decades.