A Brief History
On December 25, Christians around the world celebrate Christmas as a special time full of cheer and love. Many people look forward to going home and spending time with family. Some of the fondest memories people have of their childhood involve Christmas time – playing in the snow, opening presents, and feeling the cheer in the air. For some parents though, Christmas is a stressful holiday. Although this can be easily avoided. With proper planning beforehand, everyone can have an unforgettable Christmas as a family. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Have a Plan
Goal setting is a life principle. And to achieve any goal in life, one needs to have a plan. Simply assuming that you will have a great Christmas will not make it come true. Every holiday that is properly planned turns out to be as expected or close enough. For this Christmas, write down your plans. Ask yourself questions such as: how many family and friends do we want to invite? Can we accommodate them? Are we travelling or staying at home? Can we afford to travel? What expenses can we expect? What fun activities can we do each day? Plan for everything. Assign responsibilities among the family, including the children. This way, everyone is involved, and you get some breathing space.
Have a Budget
Money is one of the main causes of stress. From your plan above, make a budget and stick to it. To ease the financial strain on your family, begin setting aside money dedicated solely for this holiday months before December.
Having an open mind leads to having peace of mind. Accept that something may derail your well-thought-out plans. Have no worries. Instead, be flexible and go with the flow. Christmas should be worry-free and fun. If you need help, do not be shy to ask your family. It is a family affair anyway.
Spend quality togetherMany people focus so much on taking care of the family, snapping pictures, and planning other activities that they forget to live in the moment as well. This is the holiday to spend quality time with your family. Create a Christmas tradition that is unique to your family. It does not have to be elaborate. It could be as simple as creating arts and crafts with the children. TheWorks offers a wide variety of Christmas crafts that are both fun and educative for children and adults. It could also be a Christmas game night. Whatever it is, be sure to live in the moment.
Reach Out to Loved Ones
Much like Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to reach out to your loved ones during Christmas. Spread the Christmas cheer by sending handwritten letters to family, friends, and colleagues no matter where they may be. If that is not possible, then a simple text, email, or phone call will suffice. It’s all about spreading love.
Christmas can be and should be fun for everyone. A memorable Christmas involves proper planning and budgeting. It requires flexibility and open-mindedness. Most importantly, though, it’s all about spending time with family, creating fond memories and spreading the cheer.
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Nissenbaum, Stephen. The Battle for Christmas: A Social and Cultural History of Our Most Cherished Holiday. Vintage, 1997.
The featured image in this article, a U.S. Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Michael Folkerth of Airman 1st Class Corey Tate, 9th Air Support Operations Squadron, surprising Kandiss Deegan with a small present during the squadon’s gift delivery in Harker Heights, Dec. 13, 2014, is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.