At the core, Christmas is rooted in the most famous small family of all time. Whether or not you celebrate the religious aspect of Christmas, bring your small family together to revel in your closeness and the joy of the season. Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas by taking advantage of Christmas traditions just waiting for you to make them yours. Begin a Christmas family tradition filled with the spirit of generosity and holiday cheer.
Old-Fashioned Christmas Gifts
Christmas gift-giving can be a happy experience of family generosity. Create a family gift tradition with an old-fashioned, childlike flair. Give each family member a printed letter to Santa. The letter might include "Dear Santa" and "Christmas (year)." Ask each person to write down one gift he would like Santa to bring. Suggest nonmaterial gift ideas, such as more time with the family or a day off from chores. Family members may also ask for material things. Each person gets one wish. Place the finished letters in envelopes labeled, "To Santa Claus." Shuffle the letters, giving each person a letter. Family members must try to grant the writer her Christmas wish. Give a daughter her wish for more family time: an engraved invitation to dinner with the family at a favorite restaurant. Give Mom her Christmas wish for down-time: a gift card for a spa day.
Old-Fashioned Christmas Activities
Traditional Christmas activities bring a small family together. Set an evening aside to decorate the Christmas tree. Lay out fruit, vegetables and deli trays to enjoy at your leisure. Decorate the Christmas tree together. Ask each family member to make or buy a Christmas ornament to mark the year. Brew a pot of Christmas-blend coffee to drink with apple pie. After you light the tree, gather around for conversation and dessert.
Old-Fashioned Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinner offers family closeness before you sit down to dine. Make a family event out of Christmas dinner preparations. Bring the family into the kitchen. Assign each family member one or two dishes to prepare. Recipes or instructions can be as involved or simple as you like. Ask a child to place biscuits on a cookie sheet or ask Dad to make his famous Christmas punch. Set the Christmas table together, anticipating a delightful meal in which every person had a hand.
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