10 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Holidays
As the cold wind starts to blow and colorful lights adorn the streets, everyone knows that the most awaited time of the year is here again. Christmas has and will always be the best time for families to gather together and enjoy the happiness of this special season. And to help you have the best Christmas ever, let me share with you some amazing but affordable ways for you to celebrate the holidays with your whole family.
Cut and Decorate Your Own Christmas Tree
A Christmas tree in your home can give it the holiday look and feel. If you want your kids to experience the holidays the traditional way, why not make this event an outing by cutting your very own Christmas tree? All over the country there are local tree growers from which you can pick your very own tree and either cut it down with your own hands or (my preferred way) have them do the hard work for you. They will even help you load it into the car! Many of these operations also offer great activities for the whole family, such as hayrides and hot cocoa that help make the experience appealing to all ages.
Buy Gifts for Everyone
After putting up the Christmas tree, it’s time for all family members to buy gifts. Look for stores offering great discounts and sales. Consider offering the children a small amount of money so that they can pick out and purchase their own gifts for their immediate family. Consider taking young children to the dollar store and letting them pick out a gift for their family members. This will help give them a sense of pride in their purchases and help teach them the joy of giving to others. Let them wrap the gifts and stack them under the tree.
Tour the Best Christmas Displays
When the Christmas season officially starts, many neighborhoods get in the festive mood by creating holiday displays. Many neighborhoods offer elaborate demonstrations from giant Christmas trees to Christmas villages complete with Santa Claus, reindeer, snow and snowmen. Nothing else brings out the Christmas Spirit quite like strolling the neighborhood streets darned with decorations.
Search the internet and you will surely find with a long list of Christmas displays in your area and nearby locations that will be worth a family drive-by.
Photos with Santa!
Christmas would never be complete without Santa. Take a visit to the local mall or business offering visits with Santa. Do a little research ahead of time and you may find that many establishments in your area offer this to their valued customers for free. What better way to ring in the holiday than a visit with the Jolly Old Man himself.
Movies on the Holidays
One of the best things about the holidays is that this is also the time when there is a wide selection of family friendly movies that adults and kids alike will surely enjoy. Check your local theater for current listings of family friendly movies and make it a great family night.
Christmas Concerts for Everyone
Check your surrounding cities for holiday concerts. These concerts can range from orchestra performances of traditional Christmas sing-a-longs, to one-time events by the volunteer choirs and even special events featuring world-class musicians.
No concerts in your area? No worries. Create your own concert by grabbing some friends and hitting the neighborhood streets singing Christmas carols. Bring surprised holiday cheer to your neighbors when they hear the sound of their favorite holiday tune outside their window.
Explore Festivals and Holiday Celebrations
Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated at this time of year. Teach your children the beauty of our country’s diversity by joining in the festivity of other religious and cultural celebrations. This is a great way to teach the kids about kindness and understanding of other cultures and traditions.
Prepare Sumptuous Christmas Meals with the Kids
Teach your kids the traditional Christmas recipes that you remember preparing during your childhood days. Cooking is a great way to bring the whole family together.
Pick a recipe that the entire family will enjoy and dig in or bake some special sweets and share your culinary creations as holiday gifts for the neighbors.
Lend a Helping Hand
After all, the holidays are the season for giving. There is nothing that will bring a warmer glow than helping people who are most in need. You and your kids can spend time purchasing, or better yet, donating from their own collection of toys and deliver them to those less fortunate. You could gather clothes and blankets and deliver them to your area’s homeless shelter. Or collect non perishable foods and deliver them to the local food bank.
The holidays are an important time to remind the children that giving is far better than receiving.
Teach Your Kids the Importance of Christmas
Last but not the least, instill in the hearts and minds of your kids the true essence of Christmas and how they must learn to be thankful for everything that they have. Gratitude and giving is at the heart of the season.
Wishing you and your family, the best holiday ever!