Christmas has become quite a commercial entity in recent years. You may want to bring a bit more festive spirit and tradition into your home. Rather than spending lots of money on presents and food, you could consider more the activities that you will do as a family. Older children or housemates may also want to do their own thing but, if possible, it can also be good to have some time together. During this period, phones, tablets, and other electronics that are not involved in the activity can be put aside to stop them from causing a distraction.
The time can then be solely dedicated to your family and household, allowing for that all-important bonding to occur.
Regarding the gifts that you buy, you could opt to choose children’s toys that can be enjoyed by all the family. Whether this involves board games, activities, or days out (e.g. if you gifted them a kite), if it is something you can all enjoy, it is even better. Using items that promote communication, or at least time together, can help to bring Christmas back to being about family. In an age where instant messaging and social media are so prevalent, this is the kind of tradition that your family will benefit from and, as they grow, your children will look back on and appreciate.
If you want a bit of relaxation time, but want to do it together as a family, you could choose some classic Christmas movies that everyone will enjoy. It is important that you pick things that are age appropriate, and will cater to everyone’s tastes, as some movies may be too childish for older children or adults, while younger children may not appreciate more traditional or grown up films.
You could combine this with some food, popcorn or even mugs of cocoa, to help everyone really relax and enjoy their home cinema experience.
Make Your Own Decorations
Spending time together in the run up to Christmas is also important. You can do this when shopping, cooking, or even decorating your home. Making decorations as a family can be a great way to tap into your crafty sides and spend some time together. These can be as simple or complex as you like. You can design and create them yourselves, using inexpensive materials, and then work together to hang them up all over your home and tree. You could then opt to either keep them, or remake new decorations next holiday season.
Overall, the main purpose of the Christmas period is to cherish each other’s company and to be grateful for the time you have together. If you are of a religion, you could also incorporate your belief into these activities, to bring you all even closer. Spending time together, particularly when children are young, is important to allow for some great memories to look back on in years to come.
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