Here is a quick list of ideas to help you make the most of family time at Christmas.
Use your Christmas Cards. We hang our Christmas cards so we remember to think and pray for long-distance friends and family. The cards make great decorations in our dining room and kitchen. We love to check the mail each day and see the new cards.
Cook and Decorate Together. Everybody cooks and decorates to some degree during the holidays, so make fun memories (and messes) rather than letting the holiday cooking and decorating feel like a chore.
Give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. We’ve got a tradition of collecting coins through the year and donating to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering at Christmas. I’ve done this from when I was little, and now I’m sharing the tradition with my daughter as part of our family time at Christmas. Here’s a video of our family sorting the coins this year!
Plan Daily Activities. My wife had the idea this year of wrapping our Christmas books and movies so we could have a simple surprise activity each day of the month. The keys to success are to wrap up the items before the craziness begins, and know that you won’t get to every single day’s activity. Just go with it…sometimes we get too busy, but most nights we’ve enjoyed something fun from our goodie box.
Be Present. There are enough ballgames, holiday shows, and Christmas specials that your family could veg in front of the TV all winter. You don’t have to sell your TV, but it doesn’t hurt to turn off the TV and put down the electronic gadgets. I challenge you to try it, and I bet your family will re-discover some simple enjoyments that come from spending quality time together.
You’ve seen my list, so in the spirit of Christmas and investing in families, would you…
- Comment and share an idea you have for making the most of family time at Christmas. I want to learn from you!
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