Christmas is the one time of the year when a lot of people make real efforts to be nicer to each other. It’s the time when many thousands of families up and down the country get together and spend some quality time together.
However, we all know it doesn’t always go according to plan, whether it’s the obligatory fights and arguments or members of the family feeling left out from activities that are not designed to appeal to them. Sometimes, Christmas can turn from being a happy occasion for all involved to highly stressful and more than a little unpleasant.
If you are interested in making Christmas fun for the whole family, you’ve come to the right place. In the following post we will outline some tips and recommendations that will transform your celebrations and get everyone involved.
Okay, so on the surface it’s not a very original idea. But, if you carefully choose the type of games you play, you can include everyone in the fun. Rather than making the choice for everyone else, allow each family member to choose a game that you are going to play. This will make everyone feel like they’re included in the festivities, even before you roll the dice.
To stop things dragging on too much, you could set time limits on the more drawn-out games, like Monopoly, so that no-one gets bored.
Similarly, to the above, you could set aside each day of the festive season and give each member of the family the chance to choose the film you all sit and watch together. To help elevate the experience you could have theme nights. For instance, if you are watching The Polar Express, you could get the little ones to make train tickets and snacks that make reference to the film.
Failing that, nothing beats making a whole lot of popcorn and just sitting there, munching, laughing and enjoying the time together.
One of the easiest things you could do as a family where everyone can get involved is make gingerbread houses together. It can be a lot of fun to make these structures and then enjoy eating them when you are done. Even when they don’t stay standing, it’s still a lot of fun.
There is too much emphasis on the taking and receiving side of Christmas. Why not get involved in the spirit of giving and collectively as a family do something nice for someone else or another family. Is there someone in your neighborhood that has had major problems this year? Could you invite them to spend a lot of the festivities with you?
As Christmas revolves around families, we often think all we need to do is just be in the same room together for more than five minutes for it to qualify as quality time. However, by taking on board the suggestions noted above and putting them into action, you will enjoy Christmas a whole lot better as a family.