2020 has been a rough year. Luckily, there is still time to save it by making sure that this festive season is the best one yet! Use this time to reconnect with friends and family, de-stress, and just enjoy the spirit of the season. Here are five suggestions for making the festive season of 2020 extra special for everyone.
Give personalized gifts
Don’t worry about spending a fortune on the latest gadgets. Instead, make this year about more thoughtful gift giving. Personalized gifts mean so much more than generic gifts, and they are often quite budget-friendly, if you know where to look. For example, you could have a special photograph keychain or fridge magnet made for your kids’ grandparents, or you could order a t-shirt memory blanket comprising of the children’s old, outgrown t-shirts from Myt-shirtblanket.com for your spouse.
Baking can be a wonderful bonding activity for parents and kids, regardless of how young or old they are. Bake some mouth-watering Christmas cookies and get the children involved in measuring, mixing, as well as icing their little creations. You can then give the cookies as a thoughtful ‘thank you’ to the mailman or their teachers, or as a yummy gift to friends and relatives.
Sing Christmas carols
Christmas carols are great for bringing the Christmas spirit into your home and spreading the joy. They are also wonderful for celebrating your faith and teaching the children the real meaning behind the season. You can sing them at home or head out onto the streets and share your love and joy with rest of the neighborhood.
Start new family festive season traditions
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start some festive season family traditions. These traditions will be something that everybody looks forward to and that bring your loved ones together. A few lovely examples include decorating the Christmas tree together, ‘camping’ in the living room around the Christmas tree to appreciate the beautiful lights, constructing an intricate and tasty gingerbread house or having a competition to see who can build the most impressive one, and hopping in the car and enjoying an evening drive to spot the neighbors’ glittering Christmas lights.
Slow down and enjoy
Do not allow the festive season to stress you out – even if you are taking responsibility for cooking a hearty meal for the whole family! Do your best to slow down and enjoy those special moments and the extra time spent with those whom you love the most. If the kids allow for it, get out of bed a bit later in the mornings and don’t plan your day down to the last detail. Leave lots of time to put your feet up and try to be more spontaneous now that you (hopefully) don’t have as many work demands tying you down.
Here’s to a relaxed, memorable festive season filled with family, love, and laughter. Savor every moment and stay safe!