As you would expect wherever you’re holidays have everything to do with the people you love, family in particular. People want to be at home somewhere with extended family, close friends and neighbors among others who are important in their lives. Holidays bring together families in parties and gatherings and those who are well prepared usually make the most of them. If no matter how you try the festive season always leaves you desiring more and believing there was more you could have done then you might want to plan for it.
Here are a number of things to help you get the most of the holidays and give your family something they won’t forget for a while.
There’s no way you would enjoy the holidays with your family if you still hold some resentment or issues that haven’t been resolved. Postponing outstanding matters have a way of alienating people further. Before you even decide to invite or plan anything with your family in mind deal with last year’s issues. Give family members a call, email or text them via WhatsApp, Messenger or any other means. Whatever you do, deal smoothly with misunderstandings and any plan to spend time together in coming days will be easy to come up with.
If for no other reason showing gratitude for the lovely things in your life is a great place to start setting the mood for the happy days of the holidays. With so many without families, children or other close people in their lives, you should know how fortunate you are that you won’t spend one of the most special time of the year alone while other people out there are making merry and meeting their extended families. Be thankful that there are individuals in your life who are more than willing to travel and spend time with you for a week, hours or days.
As you plan to invite family members and prepare something special for them give a thought to those friends or neighbors who may not have family of their own or who usually spend time alone during this period. It helps cement friendships and adds a lovely dimension to the gathering and could potentially change the perspective of all who’re invited.
It’s beautiful to invite all your family members at a time when people want to meet, eat together and create some memorable family memories. Even so, think about those who don’t get along. Have they reconciled? Must they be invited? What will happen if you don’t? Think about those who get rowdy when they drink too much or rubble rousers in the family. If they must be invited plan the dinner table carefully and ensure those who may not get along don’t seat close to one another.
A family gathering is a more informal type of meet where people talk, share and laugh together as they get along or relive past memories. One way of adding fun and happiness to everything is making arrangements to prepare meals together and plan the entire party, lunch or dinner as a family. In most cases all women who make it to the gathering could be in the kitchen helping prepare food while the men could be minding about music, barbecue, drinks among other things. Kids could also be involved in setting up the mood and preparing food, cleaning up and serving as needed. At the end of the day it’s all about everyone being involved.
If the family will be around for a few days it’s a good idea to have group activities planned. You could bring fun board games that involve multiple players, including card games such as poker, Pictionary among others can be the wonderful unwinding reprieve everyone needs. Kid toys, bouncing castles or other kid play items can be set up outside to keep them busy and entertained as well.
Having fun with your family in the open and enjoying some fresh air and fun activities is a wonderful way of making the most of the holidays. You could plan for ice skating, skiing, hikes and camping, snowshoeing among other engagements, depending on the activities doable in your locality. You can also enjoy some soccer, baseball, football among other outdoor sports just to get people outdoors and build an appetite.