Mary has written tons of articles encouraging families to get involved in activities that bring them together.
Dazzling lights, tall trees, and lots of gingerbread cookies can only mean one thing — Christmas time is here again! While we're decking the halls with boughs of holly and getting covered in tinsel, here are even more fun ways to spend Christmas with the family.
1. Christmas Karaoke
What better way to awaken the Christmas spirit than to get lost in the tunes of some classic Christmas songs with the whole family. To spice things up, you can organize a family karaoke night where everyone gets to "perform" a Christmas solo. There can be slots to do duets and group songs as well. Whether it's Christmas hymns or songs from Christmas movies, knock yourself out singing! Remember this is all about having fun! Don't get too bogged down by getting all the lyrics right and stuff. Just get your family to gather around and sing to their heart's content.
2. Pick Out a Tree
Another way to get into the season is to pick out your own tree. You can all make a trip to the store and purchase a tree or better yet go to a tree farm where you can pick your own tree. Very few things beat the smell of freshly cut trees. This way, everyone in the family feels involved and you can all bond over the tree cutting process.
3. Design Your Own Christmas Cards
Make your Christmas a little more special by designing your own cards. This is a fun, jovial way for all members of your family to work on something artsy. Let everyone add something they find creative to the mix and see what you come up with. Don't forget to add some cute family photos with the cards as well.
Giving is at the core of the Christmas spirit. Use the season to reinforce some family values by donating. No need to go overboard or break the bank. You may simply go around the neighborhood and share the love by donating to those around you.
5. Read a Christmas Book
Books are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in whole new worlds. If you're all about turning on your festive mode and learning a thing or two, Christmas stories can help you achieve both goals. Some beautiful books to share with the family include “Starry Night” by Debbie Macomber and Elin Hinterbrand’s “Winter Street.”
6. Family Game Night
Revv up the Christmas spirit by organizing a family game night. To spice things up a bit, you can even have a trophy for the winner of the game. You could all play board games like scrabble, monopoly, or other games like trivia.
7. Bake Christmas Cookies
This is a surefire way for the whole family to have loads of fun. Bake some Christmas cookies and give them some unique shapes. Be sure to get everyone involved and maintain hygiene.
8. Establish a New Christmas Tradition
You can also spend the yuletide season by finding and establishing a new Christmas tradition. If you and your family have never caroled before, why not try it? Or even a trip down memory lane by going through old Christmas photo albums. There’s sure to be a thing or two to make one smile or laugh.
9. Attend a Christmas Service
You might not attend church services regularly, but Christmas time is a great time to attend church service. This way the whole family can grasp the reason for the season and learn about the nativity of baby Jesus.
10. Volunteer with Your Family
Spread the cheer of the season by volunteering with the whole family. Christmas is more than just the gifts we receive, the food we eat, and the songs we sing. It’s also about love, sacrifice, and sharing. Volunteering helps us to come into the true essence of Christmas. Each family member gets to experience Christmas in a new and fulfilling way.
11. Watch Christmas Movies
What’s Christmas without those movies? So get your family all snuggled up and ready to binge-watch some Christmas classics.
12. Relay Some Family History
Christmas is a beautiful time to relay family history to your kids. You can tell stories about how Christmas was when you were a kid or regale your kids with tales of how things were so much different from how they are now.