Christmas is about giving of ourselves to the people we love and to people in need. Over the years, the Christmas spirit may have become confused with the giving of material items and we as parents need to remind our children what Christmas is truly about. While everyone loves to have a gift with their name on it under the tree or a Christmas stocking filled with goodies from Santa, it is important to remember what Christmas is really about and to embrace this festive time together.
Spend Time in Your Community
There are so many events happening at Christmas time, from Santa Claus parades and tree lighting events to sleigh rides and gingerbread house decorating contests. Get involved and take the kids out to as many events as you can. Every community has free events for families to attend and spend time having fun together. Spending time as a community can help your family feel the Christmas spirit once again.
Get in the kitchen and bake some Christmas cookies! Families can have a lot of fun baking together and it can also be a productive project that can add a little creativity to your day. Get those cookie cutters out, get your festive sprinkles, and make some colorful cookies for the entire family to enjoy!
Have a Game Day
Some of the best moments that you can spend together involve a game of some sort. This Christmas, make sure you have a bunch of board games available. Pick out games that involve family interaction and thought. This is a great way to spend time together and have fun on Christmas.
Volunteer at a Food Bank
Nothing says Christmas spirit like helping people in need. Volunteer your family to help in a food bank over the Christmas holidays. Spend time together as you collect various food items for the homeless. You can also help at a homeless shelter and show your kids that people who are less fortunate need your help.
Get Creative, Make Crafts
Crafts are a great way to embrace the Christmas spirit and be creative as a family. Make ornaments, wreaths, decorations for the home or paint clay Christmas figures. There are so many options when it comes to making crafts, from popsicle stick sleighs and macaroni Christmas cards to styrofoam snowmen and felt Christmas trees.
Spend Genuine Time Together
The true meaning of Christmas is being together with family. Presents are just an added feature to the day. Make time for your children and enjoy every minute you have together on this special day. Christmas only comes once a year.
What will your family be doing this Christmas? How do you embrace the Christmas spirit? Please share with us!