Planning for Christmas in Your Family

Are you trying to find a more creative way to bring in the holidays with your family? Do you think you may want to celebrate Christmas in a different part of the country this year? Here are a few great ideas that you may want to keep in mind when you are making plans for the season, as well as some cost-effective activities you can participate in with your children locally.

If you live in an area where you can celebrate Christmas in town without running out of things to do, you are in luck. This means you can take the children ice skating, create snowmen in the yard, and spend a day or two decorating your home with garland and Christmas lights, while the whole family enjoys egg nog or apple cider. You may also want to celebrate Christmas in your town by taking the family to see the largest Christmas tree in the city fully decorated. The tree is usually located downtown, and can be viewed after Thanksgiving in most instances.

Christmas in warmer climates will obviously have more of a different feel, but you can still make the holiday especially festive, even if there is no snow on the ground. You can still bake traditional holiday treats with your children; enjoying sugar cookies or hot chocolate while you decorate the tree will still be a treat, and if you have a fireplace, you can roast marshmallows or make smores with your children as well.

You may not be able to find a pine tree for Christmas in warmer climates, so other plants like palm trees, or large houseplants, can be ideal for decorating. You can still add things like garland or ornaments to the plants, and you can work with your children to make wreaths from dry pasta shells or popcorn strings that will look great around your ‘Christmas tree’.

Christmas in large families may also be a challenge, especially if you are trying to cut down on expenses this year. You can work with your family to draw names so that everyone will get a great gift, or you can come up with creative ways that each family member can make a gift for loved ones. This is a good idea to try with small children as well, since it will teach them that Christmas should be about family and sharing, and that a gift that is made by hand is usually a gift that comes from the heart.

If you are interested in learning about Christmas in other countries, as well as how you can celebrate the holiday in a way that is best for your family, you can check out books from sites like Amazon.

Happy holidays!