Celebrating Christmas With The People Closest To You—Your Family
It is so easy to get so entangled with the many parties during Christmas as to neglect the persons who mean the most to you. A merry round of Christmas parties in the neighborhood, office, church and club could very easily crowd out the time you intend to spend with your family. Here are some tips on how to make sure your own family gets the most of your time this Christmas. If there ever were people who deserve to really enjoy Christmas, they are your spouse and children.
Set a schedule for having a special party at home.
Your party at the office is scheduled way ahead of time. The church party is also a well-planned affair. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to set a special, intimate Christmas party at home? Plan with your spouse on a menu filled with your children’s favorite foods. This could also be the best time for opening up gifts for each other. If you have younger kids, you could stage parlor games and contests. Such family times will surely be treasured by your family.
Host a Christmas get-together with your extended families.
It would be good to maintain ties with your parents, your in-laws, your brothers, sisters and their children during the Christmas holidays. To bring expenses down, host a potluck where everyone chips in for food. This is the best time for your kids to get to know their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Your children will be delighted to know their roots.
Bring your family with you when you attend parties.
Rather than enjoying parties with your office buddies while the rest of your family pursue their own agenda, bring them along with you to office and club parties. By doing so, you are sending them a message that you are proud to show them off to your friends. Such times also provide opportunities for your children to develop their social skills and enlarge their network of friends.
Let your family fully experience the joys of Christmas.
Involve your kids in the simple joys of gift-giving, hanging stockings by the fireplace, decorating the Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols, building a snowman, going ice-skating, watching Christmas musicals and giving to charity. Long after your kids are grown up, these family bonding times would bring you unforgettably precious memories.
Take time to document your Christmas celebrations.
Some families pose for a family portrait each year and create a gallery of beautifully-framed pictures. Some would capture the festivities in DVD and watch it during the next Christmas. Others would make a scrapbook out of pictures taken during the Christmas reunion. However you may want to document your celebrations, make sure you have something tangible to remind you and your kids of your family’s special Christmas experience.
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