The true spirit of Christmas is found in togetherness. It’s the season of joy and goodwill when family and friends unite to exchange gifts and luxury Christmas cards, and to create happy memories.
To make the festive season extra special this year, it isn’t necessary to spend a fortune on presents, food and drink, or on decorating your home. Instead, the real magic and spirit are in the moments you share with others.
1. Spend Quality Time With Your Nearest & Dearest
Set the scene for a wonderful and unforgettable Merry Christmas by spending quality time with your nearest and dearest.
You don’t have to wait until Christmas Day to invite your relatives to visit. Instead, arrange a pre-Xmas gathering of generations so that you can share stories of your family’s cultural heritage and fond heart-warming memories of how you celebrated Christmas as a child.
If you’re a parent, strengthen the loving bond with your children by planning some fun family activities. For example, Christmas crafting is a great way to keep young children entertained during the excitement-filled lead-up to the season’s main event. You can teach your children how to make decorations for the Christmas tree and inexpensive homemade treats, like cookies and brownies, that they can share with family and friends or give as Xmas gifts.
Set aside some time to relax and write your luxury Christmas cards. Encourage youngsters to make their festive cards to send to their friends and teachers. Older children may prefer to design e-cards that they can send online.
For many people, decorating the tree is an integral part of their Christmas traditions. So instead of dressing the tree on your own, get everyone involved. Take turns hanging the ornaments on the tree and sharing the memories behind each piece. If you have amassed a collection of ornaments that your children handmade at school, it’s a lovely experience in the past.
A tour of Christmas lights displays in your local area is the perfect way to build up the excitement of Christmas. So wrap up warm and pack a hot cocoa-filled thermos flask before heading out for an evening light show extravaganza. Your local radio station and newspaper may be able to provide information on the best places to go to see impressive displays. Many famous landmarks and attractions will also be decked out with twinkling lights that are worth checking out at this time of year.
2. Reach Out Too Long Lost Friends
Being grateful for all the good things you have in your life may make you think about long-lost friends and the happy times you once shared. The festive season is the perfect time to reach out and reconnect.
If you lose touch with someone due to fallout, you might need to swallow your pride and make yourself vulnerable before you make moves to rekindle a connection. The passing of time may help to heal wounds, but you will also need to practice forgiveness and let go of the past if you want to start afresh.
You could write heartfelt messages in your luxury Christmas cards to let the people you want to reconnect with know how you feel about your friendship. It’s essential to be optimistic about repairing old fr and mindful that you’re different people now. So leave your heart and the door of friendship open, but allow long-lost friends the space to decide if and when they want to come in.
3. Make New Connections
During the season of goodwill, you have many opportunities to make new connections.
Regardless of religious beliefs, many families get together to attend a Christmas Eve church service. At the candle-lit midnight mass, you’re likely to meet your neighbours and the people of your local community.
Going door-to-door Christmas carolling is a fun activity to do with the family. However, if they have other plans, you can always join a local community group that welcomes new carollers.
Volunteering in the community is beneficial to the charity, organisation or individuals you help, and it also gives you something in return. Helping those less fortunate can put your blessings into perspective and make you appreciate all you have. You may also experience the warm, fuzzy feeling associated with Christmas’s true spirit.
4. Create New Traditions
Christmas doesn’t come with set rules. Even if you’ve been following the same traditions for years and generations, you always have the freedom to create new ones.
Doing the things that you and your family love and cherish the most is what creates new and meaningful traditions in your household. Some people like to get inspiration from following the Christmas traditions from all over the world. For example, you can celebrate the Night of the Radishes (Mexico), play ‘find the pickle’ (USA), exchange book gifts on Xmas Eve (Iceland), wear a new outfit to church (Kenya), hide your broom (Norway), feast on 12 courses on Christmas Eve (Ukraine), or dine on Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas Day (Japan).
You can also write and send your luxury Christmas cards to family, friends and strangers to wish them goodwill and the spirit of Christmas. A thoughtful handwritten note can have the power to uplift someone’s heart and spread love in your community and around the world. You can make a difference by writing cards to senior citizens in nursing homes, frontline care workers, and deployed soldiers.