10. Shopping for Christmas
The streets are already lit up and Christmas goodies are out to be picked. The Christmas season sales offer limitless items to be picked for oneself and as gift ideas for Christmas 2012. If not for shopping, you can simply stroll across the streets with your family, window shopping the illuminating lights and beautiful decorations and even lip smacking cookies and cakes. This is a good way to hang out with family for the Christmas season if you are much of a ‘most-of-the-time-in-office’ person.
9. Bake Cookies or Cakes
A significant part of the Christmas celebration is to make cookies and cakes. This can be done as a collective task with each person assigned a particular job. The cookie/cake sessions gives time to bond with your family and friends creating savouring delicacies for Christmas and simultaneously adding sweetness in your relationships too.
8. Donate Time for Charity
Gifting has become synonymous to Christmas. It is not necessary to gift tangible gifts to make someone’s holiday season special. You can take time off your busy schedule and spend some quality time with a local charity institution helping them in whatsoever way to serve the underprivileged or even donating old clothes and toys. The true sense of Christmas celebrated with the time donated.
7. Christmas Programs at Church
Religious affiliations don’t matter to enjoy a good Christmas program held in the church. The Christmas choirs, dance and plays presented by neighbourhood children is an impressive experience and a wonderful memory in itself. Attending the church Christmas programs is a fun time for the entire family. So make it a point this Christmas you are heading to your community church to have a brilliant Christmas 2012.
6. Decorating Christmas Tree
Here comes the fun part of Christmas season and the most favourite Christmas tradition enjoyed in every family. It’s fun to put up the Christmas tree and decorate it with various ornaments like candy canes, jingling bells, gaily wrapped miniature presents, shining stars and brilliantly coloured glass balls etc. The Christmas ornaments hanging on the Christmas trees signifies a specific meanings of the Christmas season, thus reliving the very essence of the festive season. If there is no Christmas tree, I wonder what Christmas it would be.
5. Movie Time
Christmas is the best time to spend some quality time with family and friends and what best way to enjoy the holiday season than watch Christmas movies together. Christmas movies are a very important part of any household Christmas activity. Go an extra mile to find time to pick all time favourite Christmas movie DVDs and plan a multiple movie nights with your kiths and kins. You can plan a sans popcorn movie watching session but surely can include cookies and candies and hot chocolates or coffee to enjoy your Christmas movie better during the chilly winter nights.
4. Treasure Hunt
Every year we simply present the Christmas gift to our family and friends but 2012 Christmas must be different. Do gift them their present, but with just a clue where they can find the real Christmas gift. Let the treasure hunt for the gift go on, adding a special fun to the gift giving. Also it showcases the efforts and dedication you put in to plan a nice Christmas gift for the person. This can even be a part of the Christmas games you can play with your family and friends.
3. Ring the Kin
Christmas brings the family together, but it there maybe some member who couldn’t make it to the family Christmas celebrations. Make sure to give them a ring and wish them. “Merry Christmas! Wish you could also join in… You are missed by everyone here… ” makes them feel good that they are remembered and missed too. Surely drop a call to wish a distant relative whom you haven’t talked to in ages. A feel of family near you adds a special feel to the holiday season.
When the whole family is together a family Christmas dinner is a must follow tradition. Though you can either prepare a feast at home or go out to the restaurant. But the fun and love shared at a Christmas dinner cannot be experienced at a restaurant. NEVER go out for Christmas dinner, if you wish your family to have a memorable Christmas rather the one they would like to forget. Christmas Eve is the best day to have your family Christmas dinner. Don’t forget the family pic at the dining table.
1. Count Your Blessings
Though it is to be done every day, but counting your blessings and thanking God for it is the first thing you must be doing this holiday season. Just spend some time alone thinking how did the year pass for you and imagine how the coming year would be. Also thank God for all the blessing, your family and friends, and everything else he bestowed in your life.
These are just a few Christmas activity ideas for you to make 2012 Christmas special for yourself and your family and friends. To make it more memorable and enjoyable make sure everyone is involved in whatever you plan for the festive season.
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