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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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.
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.
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!
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:
And even some more Santa themed ideas too:
Try these off site as well?
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