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Christmas Holidays: A Time for Family to Come Together

Updated on February 24, 2017

Dinner is Served

Cook a huge holiday dinner and invite all your family over for a Holiday get together for the ages. Don't forget the dessert.
Cook a huge holiday dinner and invite all your family over for a Holiday get together for the ages. Don't forget the dessert. | Source

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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.

Christmas Tree

Decorate your Christmas tree with your family and build everlasting relationships and memories to be shared for decades to come.
Decorate your Christmas tree with your family and build everlasting relationships and memories to be shared for decades to come. | Source

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.


A Charlie Brown Christmas

Spread Holiday cheer by singing Christmas carols with family and friends just like Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are doing in this photo.
Spread Holiday cheer by singing Christmas carols with family and friends just like Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are doing in this photo. | Source

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.

Disney World Christmas Parade

Take your spouse and children out to a parade for Christmas and watch how it puts a smile on everyone's face.
Take your spouse and children out to a parade for Christmas and watch how it puts a smile on everyone's face. | Source

Christmas Decorations

Santa Clause
Reindeer
Snowman
Jingle Bells
Lights
Ice Sickles
Manger Scene
Angels
Stockings
 
Wrapping Paper
 
Ten items for Christmas decorating.

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

Share gifts with family members and share a drink and be merry. It doesn't matter how expensive or inexpensive the gift is because It's the thought that counts.
Share gifts with family members and share a drink and be merry. It doesn't matter how expensive or inexpensive the gift is because It's the thought that counts. | Source

Christmas Roast Chicken Dinner

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.

Christmas Party Ideas

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 Stockings

Stockings stuffed with candy, gifts and fruit were always provided by my mom for me on Christmas when I was a child.
Stockings stuffed with candy, gifts and fruit were always provided by my mom for me on Christmas when I was a child. | Source

How To Decorate For Christmas

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.

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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