How To Make Christmas Day Special And Less Hectic

Christmas Day tends to be busy from the moment you step out of bed until the time you collapse back into it at night. The day can seem so fast paced, that it's like you don't have the opportunity to slow down, even for a short break. You find yourself trying to make Christmas day special, but it seems so hard to do.

Don’t get so caught up in the social events of Christmas Day that you forget about the reason why we celebrate the holiday to begin with. We celebrate Christmas Day by spending time with the people we care about, but if we’re not careful, the people who mean the most to us can get lost in the shuffle. Sure, the presents are nice and the food is great, but that’s not all there is to Christmas Day.

We get so busy visiting all the extended family members on both sides every Christmas Day that we forget to spend time with the ones in our own home. Set aside a block of time just for your family - your significant other, your children, whoever you share your home with.

Just write even an hour into your schedule. You’ll get time to spend with them as well as a break to recharge your batteries. Have a nice, simple meal together and listen to holiday music playing softly in the background.

During the time spent with your family, you can play a game, catch up on one another’s lives or spend time going through the year via the photographs you’ve taken and just reminiscing. Looking through old pictures reminds us of the good times we’ve had, the troubles we’ve overcome, and the joy of being a family.

Refuse to cave in to the stress of knowing you have a lot to get done. Instead, keep your attention focused on one step at a time. Stress happens during Christmas but you don’t have to let it take over.

Don’t rush through visiting the people you’d like to see. Make sure your schedule allows an equal amount of time for both sides of the family. Always begin your Christmas Day visiting by seeing the people you’d like to see first and then moving down the list.

Instead of gathering in large groups and centering on food and talking, get involved as a group doing something for others. If you can’t do something physically for others on Christmas Day, such as helping out at a shelter, do something financial on Christmas day.

For example, you can have family members make contributions to a charity or children’s home, or to a less fortunate family in the community. Have everyone write brief notes and then drop the notes and
contributions off. This type of action will serve to warm the hearts of both your family members and those who receive your gifts.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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