Christmas - 5 Great Ways for Families to Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Christmas is a wonderful time for families. It offers the opportunity to reconnect at a deeper level by spending quality time together with your partner, children and even extended family to create fun times and cherished memories. So how do you do it? Here are my five top tips to ensure you are enjoying the holiday festive period and making the most of your family time together:
2. Diarize a date as a family to go see the Christmas sights in your city such as the tree lighting ceremony in your city-square or local park. Go see the special Christmas shop window displays in your major city and you could even check out some of the big hotel foyer decorations - some even put on Christmas themed puppet shows or moving festive displays on the hour!
3. Diarize to go for a family walk to view the Christmas and holiday decorated homes in your local streets. You could even research and then visit the most popular decorated street or streets in your city. This can be a magical time together while enjoying a feast for your eyes and a leisurely yet healthy stroll together.
4. Research and diarize a local carol's by candlelight in your area or you could find the most popular carol's event and send out invites to not only extended family but friends too to join the night in song and celebration together. Often you can bring a picnic and make it a truly special time sharing together this momentous occasion.
5. Diarize a Christmas cookie-baking day together with your kids. There are many free recipes available on the net. Put on some of your favorite Christmas music in the background to create a magical atmosphere. It can be fun for the kids to take turns adding mixture and stirring while making a Christmas wish. Decorating can also be a lot of fun as you all get creative. Expect that you all, as well as the kitchen, get messy and make that part of the fun together. Come with the expectation to create some quality time and magical memories making Christmas biscuits for gifts for others this year as a family. If it doesn't turn out, you could feed the local ducks or birds as a special Christmas treat and you can always try another recipe and have another fun baking day together!
Once you've made some great biscuits, you could use jars to place them in and make your own hand-made labels with Christmas wishes. Wrap your jars in festive colored cellophane and tie with a Christmas ribbon. You could make a basket full and together as a family go give out to people at the local nursing home or retirement village near you. Plan to do something as a family to give back to the community. Alternatively, you could volunteer at places like the Salvation Army, a soup kitchen or a local community group. Doing something as a family that gives without the expectation of anything in return for others, is experiencing first hand the real spirit of the season. You're also teaching your children community care, service and responsibility. Imagine the heart connection between you all, much stronger and the new local friends and smiles you will meet!
So enjoy the festive holiday season with your family creating great memories and connecting more deeply as a family by doing festive activities together. Remember, it's not things that are often remembered and cherished now or later in life, it's quality time together; doing special and memorable things together, creating traditions and heart-felt connections.
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