As the holiday season rolls round, families get together to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. It’s a time to reflect on the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future. Old traditions are repeated and new ones made and that’s what makes the Christmas holidays such a wonderful time for family and friends.
If you’re looking for new ideas of how to make this year’s holiday special, we have a few ideas:
1. Decorate the Christmas Tree Together
Decorating the Christmas tree together is fun and taking turns to put an ornament on the tree creates memories for every member of the family…it’s as if every member of the family has put their own personal touch on it.
2. Make Your Own Holiday Ornaments
Having all family members create their own holiday ornament to hang on the tree or around the house is a fun family thing to do. You can do this with everything from toilet rolls to art paper, glitter and clothespins.
3. Take Plenty of Photos
Recording memories along the way is a great way to bring back memories and start new ones. Looking back through the year and remembering good times is one of life’s small pleasures. You can even incorporate them into your holiday ornaments!
4. Create a Memory Jar
Have everyone in the family write down two or three of their favorite family or holiday memories. When you all get together have each person pick a piece of paper out of the jar and read the memory out loud. It’s a great way to relive old times!
Playing games is a huge family pastime around Christmas. It’s a time to bring laughter and joy to your family gatherings so make sure you drag out a favorite family game and have fun!
6. Movie Time
Have each person write down their favorite movie on a slip of paper and let someone draw for a movie the whole family can watch together.
7. Honoring Loved Ones
The holiday period can be a sad one for many family members as they remember a loved one who has passed on. Focusing on the good memories of a person can ease the pain and helps everyone move forward.
8. Wish List
Have everyone create a wish list of the changes they would make in the world to make it a better place. Once done, have everyone combine the list into one master list and then spend time together taking positive steps to help bring about those changes you want to see in the world. It’s a great way to bond and work towards a common goal.
9. Go for a stroll
Sometimes getting out in the fresh air is just the tonic for those Christmas blues… you know, the time when you’ve eaten and drunk too much. It’s a great way to enjoy each others company and share hopes and dreams for the new year.
The holiday season really is all about giving. Why not create a new tradition that involves giving to those in need? Your family could donate gifts or time to worthy causes and bring joy to people in need. Children will enjoy participating in the joy of giving and learning about the problems other people face.
Hope we’ve given you some ideas… from all of us at Florida Leisure…we wish you…