How To Make the Holidays Fun For All The Family
A Guest Post
With decorations hanging in the malls and Christmas commercials already on TV, the holidays are here again. While Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect times to get the family together, not all families have the luck of living in the same state, country, or even hemisphere, and it can be hard just to get everyone together, let alone make the holidays fun.
According to Power to Change, nothing defines a family more than how it celebrates together, as family traditions and rituals promote stability and create deep roots. They can also be a lot of fun! At the same time, though, the festive season can be a source of incredible strain and frustration, loneliness, or sadness. Are you having trouble making the holidays fun for everyone? Here are some things you can try:
Build Anticipation – There’s nothing like building up anticipation to get people excited about something. So whether it’s your lazy teenager who’s more interested in sleeping late than seeing Santa Claus, or your grown-up son who’s teaching English in Korea and won’t be able to come home this year, try to build up excitement for the event by counting down the days on a calendar. If your kids are at home, you could buy an advent calendar with chocolate surprises behind the windows, or color pictures every day.
Prepare together – visit a tree farm and pick out the Christmas tree of your choice, decorate the halls and hang up decorations together, adorn the tree and get the children to help as well. You can make up games while you’re doing it and take photos to show your loved ones far away.
Bake together – While you might not have a lot of time or desire to dedicate to the kitchen, Christmas baking with your children can be really fun. Ask Grandma for family recipes, get your kids to bring ideas home from school, or follow a TV cooking show. Getting the food ready in advance and allowing your kids to get creative is a great way to build excitement.
Make time for family fun – Don’t just sit around the TV when you’ve had your holiday meal. Go for a walk together, go out in the snow, play games, skype relatives who are far away or update your family blog. Whatever you do, make sure you do it together.