Christmas is meant to be a special time and, especially if you are part of a family with young children, you want to make sure that each Christmas is as memorable as it possibly can be.
But the reality is that planning Christmas is busy and hectic. It can be hard enough to make sure you’ve got all the presents you need to get and that everything is prepared for the day itself, let alone finding ways to fit in making Christmas memorable and unique.
We know how hard this can be, so we’ve got some top tips for how you can make your holidays truly memorable:
Christmas is a time of year that people like to cook and eat… a lot! But cooking can be a great way to get the whole family involved in a single activity and can really get people into the Christmas spirit.
So, gather your family in the kitchen and bake mince pies together while listening to your favorite Christmas songs to create memories that will be cherished forever.
Create your own decorations
Of course, we all love beautiful, ornate Christmas decorations, but some of the most treasured decorations you own could be the ones hand made by your family.
Making your own decorations to hang on the tree or adorn your furniture is a great way to get the whole family involved in the run up to Christmas. The decorations you create can be used year after year, staying with your family for generations, always reminding you of the time you spent together making them.
Invite all your neighbours round for drinks, snacks and songs over the holiday period. Keep it low key and informal to avoid any preparation stress and let the community spirit take over, as you and your neighbours share in the festivities.
Explore different customs
Winter celebrations like Christmas are observed the world over and almost every culture has its own individual ways of marking the occasion.
So a great way to make your Christmas stand out and be memorable is to learn about some of these different customs, and maybe even adopt some into your own family celebrations.
For example, in Ukraine, Christmas trees often decorated with fake spiders and spider webs, harking back to an old folk tale in which a poor woman – who couldn’t afford decorations for her tree – awoke on Christmas morning to find a spider had decorated it for her with glittering webs.
Have a charitable Christmas
Helping those less fortunate than yourself is a great way to make sure your Christmas is not only memorable, but also meaningful. There is no limit to the different ways you could help those who need it during the holidays, such as donating money to charities or toys or gifts to needy families and children. If you don’t have the money to donate, you could always volunteer your time with elderly people who may be feeling lonely over the holiday period, or work some shifts at local soup kitchens to help the homeless who need it most.