Christmas Holidays: A Time for Family to Come Together
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Do you celebrate Christmas?
Have a Holiday Dinner
It is always nice to have the family over for dinner during the holidays. I don't know about your family but, we eat very well. Everyone is our family is an excellent cook. Have your family and loved ones bring their favorite dishes. By getting the family involved in the preparing of the food, cooking of the food and setting of the table and just decorating in general. After eating your meal, use the dishwasher as much as possible so, that you can spend time with your family. No one wants to spend all the time in the kitchen. Also, you could use paper plates, forks and cups.
A good idea is to have all the family sit around the table and before dinner is served get each person to tell all what they are most grateful and thankful for this past year. Simply go around the table one by one but to make it a comfortable occasion kick it off yourself and then start going around the table. Keep your guests happy and comfortable.
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Decorate the Christmas Tree
Gather the kids, parents, grandparents and cousins up and put a brightly lit tree up in the house. Make sure everyone is involved in setting up the tree or if it's a real tree take the family along to pick out or cut down the tree.
Have someone ready to put on the lights, someone to put the garland on the tree, and someone to place the tinsel on the tree. Make sure each person feels like they are being included. Make sure and place your tree in front of a large window on the front of your house so that everybody can see the tree from the yard and the street.
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Sing Christmas Carols Together
Singing Christmas Carols will not only bring you and your family closer together but it will also bring holiday cheer to those who may need it the most.
A good idea is to go to Church, then take all the crew with you out to a lunch, a buffet perhaps. Then after the sun starts to go down pick an area and form a choir of family and friends to start caroling the neighborhoods.
Its a grand idea to sing a Christmas Carol into a teddy bear at a place like The Build-A-Bear store that allows you to record a message and put it in the bear. Give the gift to a special person for Christmas and they will love it guaranteed.
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Go To a Christmas Parade
Take the family to a Christmas parade and watch smiles appear on everyone's face. It's a fun and entertaining event for the holidays. Music is always front and center during parades and in the case of Christmas parades, holiday music will be a constant. Don't forget to take pictures of the parade so you can keepsakes for the photo album or just saved in your cell phone. Also, put the parade on video.
Children and adults can enjoy these parades because adults get to hear the music and enjoy the celebration of Christmas but, kids can relate to the blown up cartoon characters and Christmas characters such as Santa Clause and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.
Exchange Gifts with Loved Ones
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Exchange Gifts with Family on Christmas
Whether it's on Christmas or Christmas Eve, make time to open presents with your family. Always make sure everyone that shows up has gifts to open so that nobody feels left out. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season not gifts so remind all the younger children of that fact.
Ask people what they want for Christmas so you can get them what they want. You can also give gift cards or cash. You can never go wrong with cash so they can go pick out what they want themselves.
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Share Holiday Stories with Family
Sitting around talking about the past and present is a heartwarming and fun thing to do with family members. Of course it's always great to propose a toast at some time with everybody in mind. Get all the children to come along so that all the kids can go off and play together while the adults talk. It's great reminiscing with loved ones especially since they will know the folks in the story!
Another good idea for the holidays is to take family members to the graves of loved ones who passed away. You can put flowers on the gravesite and of course say a few words or pray for the family member or friend who has passed on.
Christmas Holiday Hubs
- How To Build a Nativity Scene
This article will describe how to build a Baby Jesus manger scene using pallets, nails and a hammer. You tube clips, pictures, polls, maps, a quiz and commentary are also listed in this blog.
- Holiday Decorating 101
This article documents different ways to decorate for the holidays. Putting lights on the house, decorating the yard and placing a Christmas tree in the window are just a few ways to prepare.
- Best Christmas Jingles of All Time
This Holiday hub documents the top Christmas jingles ever including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and Jingle Bells. Pictures, polls, you tube videos and commentary are also here.
- How To Christmas Shop On a Budget
Christmas time is a very busy time for shopping. In this hub you will learn some ways to save money while shopping during the holidays. Pictures, videos and commentary are featured in this article.
- Merry Christmas Party Planner
ThisHoliday hub documents the final days before Christmas in particularly if your hosting Christmas at your home. Pictures, Polls, YouTube videos, Maps and commentary are all listed in this blog.
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Give To Charity
I go to storage auctions and most units have clothing items. I sell stuff from the storage lockers that I bid on and win but the clothes and shoes I always donate to the Good Will and Hanna Home charities. Certain charities will even come pick up items for you off of your front porch.
My family keeps a cardboard box open in the den and anytime we have something we don't want any longer it goes in the box until it's full. It then goes to a big charity trailer in a church parking lot in my hometown. Give to charity and trust me it will make you feel good.
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