Christmas can be such a special occasion for all involved. Watching children’s faces beam as they unwrap their presents, the sheer delight of overindulging on the feast that is Christmas dinner, and feeling all warm inside when you hear Christmas carols outside in the chilly weather – all things we look forward to year after year. This year’s festivities are looking like being a little different. However, the magic is still alive. Continue reading for our top tips on how to make it special for your family.
Help a charity
Christmas is not just about receiving gifts but giving as well. That does not necessarily mean handing out presents left, right and center. Giving up your time to help a homeless charity, for example, can be an excellent gift that cannot be bought. Christmas is such a special time for many, and giving a little back can feel magical, not only for the people you are helping but also for yourself with that warmth inside, knowing that you are serving the community and making a difference.
Choose gifts wisely
Some people are just downright awkward when it comes to giving them presents. If that sounds like someone you know, why not present them with a voucher for their favorite store or even a homemade coupon for a three-course meal and bed at your home? For the youngsters in your life, who are perhaps less awkward, check out 2020’s most anticipated toys for some inspiration. From a Barbie farm playset to a mini drone, this list has something for children from young to teens. Imagine the smiles on their faces when they unwrap them on Christmas morning.
Decorate with thought
If the thought of Christmas decorations fills you with dread, bah humbug! You need to at least try to get into the Christmas spirit, but avoid doing so too early. If you choose to get the house all Christmassy before December has even begun, you run to risk of festive fatigue before you’ve even got to stuffing the turkey. Aim for the first weekend in December or the final one in November at a push. Enlisting the help of the children can make it all the more special too. Yes, they might choose to put two matching baubles next to one another, but that is part of the joy that children bring. Embrace their lack of style! And if you are concerned about having too many plastic things adoring the tree, make pasta angels and spray paint gold, use paper to cut out snowflakes and use origami to create 3D stars. Christmas-themed Cricut crafts can also look stunning. This also reduces the cost significantly.
Take part in carol singing
Although carol singing may not be the same as most years because of Covid-19 regulations, you can still do something as a family. Gather everyone around the fireplace, light some candles and sing along to your favorite Christmas carols. If your local church is holding a service, attending that always warms your heart. If things really do go pear-shaped beforehand, tune in to a virtual Carol service and enjoy the atmosphere from afar.