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How to have the best family Christmas

Christmas is a time for love and families and spending time together creating cherished memories, but it doesn’t always work out like that. Sometimes we try so hard to create the perfect family Christmas that it just never feels as though we’re doing enough. So why not forget about the perfect family Christmas and enjoy the best one instead? This is much more achievable and generally a lot less stressful, so it’s well worth trying out. Read on to find out more about how to do it. 

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This image is showing a family preparing for Christmas by writing a letter to Santa and leaving out milk and cookies for him.

Be together 

Christmas is so much more than just exchanging gifts – it’s about showing love and appreciation for one another and spending time together as a family. So it’s this that should be a priority over and above anything else. Work out some great festive activities that you can all do together so you can get into the spirit of Christmas and enjoy it as a family. 

One great idea is to decorate the house together, for example, or do a Christmas scavenger hunt, or everyone pitches in when it comes to making Christmas dinner. Or why not volunteer as a family for a good cause? There are always lots of volunteering opportunities around Christmas, and you’ll be able to do a good deed as a family. Whatever you do, make sure you spend your time together and be fully in the moment to make the most of that time. We do have a fabulous turkey board game that you can play together too, perhaps for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

People read a book to a group of children.

Budget well

Christmas should never be about financial strain or stress, and yet often, that’s exactly what it’s about for at least one family member, and perhaps all of them. One thing you can do to ease this stress is to set a budget and stick to it. In this way,  you can enjoy the festivities without worrying about the finances involved. To make this budget, write down what all your Christmas expenses are, including gifts, decorations, food, and any outings you might want to have as a family. Work out what money you’ll have to spend (bearing in mind all the usual monthly bills that don’t stop in December) and allocate the right amount to each category. 

This isn’t always an easy thing to do, especially when there is so much temptation around over the Christmas period. Something that could help would be using Park Christmas Savings. When you do this, you can put aside a little money each month and then exchange it for vouchers to spend at Christmas, making everything stress-free and simple.

A red apple hangs from a Christmas tree, adding a festive touch to the plant.

Make traditions 

If there is one time of year when traditions are perhaps more important than ever, it’s Christmas. Some of these traditions will have been passed down through the generations, and they’re wonderful and they can certainly be part of the best family Christmas you can have. 

However, why not make some new traditions that are just yours? This is even more fun because they’ll mean so much more, and if you ensure they can be done by everyone and they encourage shared experiences, that’s even better. It might be baking gingerbread houses together and having a competition, or maybe you go out for a walk and gather the materials you need to then come home and make a homemade wreath. You might want to have a traditional food on Christmas Eve, or even put out a Santa Plate. These are the things that are most joyous, and that will make your Christmas the best.

You could even bake some traditional glazed sugar cookies in Santa shapes as well!

The plate is filled with food.

If you are struggling a little to know what to do for Christmas to make is the best family Christmas, we have loads of Christmas Ideas and Activities on site of course. Here are some Christmas printables you might love:

More Christmas printables we know you'll love

Here are some more amazing printables that we have on KiddyCharts that are focused on Christmas fun!

And even some more Santa themed ideas too:

Other Santa themed ideas on KiddyCharts

Santa is a pretty important part of Christmas - so why not take a look at some of the other ideas for Christmas involving the Big Man!

Try these off site as well?

Christmas Printables from the Web

Some more ideas for Christmas Printable fun from the internet. Why not nip off my site and check them out? But DO come back afterwards!

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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