Making Memories During Christmas and the Holidays

Making Memories During Christmas and the Holidays

Making Memories During Christmas and the Holidays

A favorite Christmas song has a line that describes Christmas as ‘the most
wonderful time of the year.’ While giving and receiving gifts is something that
is highly anticipated and remembered at Christmas time, there are also many more
activities that make Christmas memorable and wonderful.
One of these activities is decorating the Christmas tree. The Christmas
tree occupies a central spot and is the most visible display of Christmas in
most homes. Unlike in other countries, most American homes do not have a representation of the Nativity scene, which is more likely to be located at
churches.
As soon as the Christmas season begins on the day after Thanksgiving,
families will begin their search for the perfect Christmas tree. This in itself can become a memorable activity as children may accompany family members to places like a Christmas tree farm to select a tree.
Once a real or artificial tree is selected, then it’s an exciting activity
for the entire family to play a part in decorating the tree. Manufactured
decorations come in many shapes and forms. But a special memory is created when family members make a special ornament for the Christmas tree, or contribute one or more keepsake items to decorate the Christmas tree. It then becomes a ritual each year for those particular items to be placed on the Christmas tree although other decorations may change in coming years.

50% off! Rustic Christmas decor; natural branch with evergreen, berries and gold "joy" lettering

Rustic Christmas decor; natural branch with evergreen, berries and gold “joy” lettering

Candy Cane Cocktail rim sugar - peppermint flavored rimming sugar for holiday drinks

peppermint flavored rimming sugar for holiday drinks

Another activity that can help to create special memories at Christmas is
baking cookies. Along with popular gingerbread cookies, using cookie cutters to make special holiday-shaped cookies is also practiced a lot in households. Based on the ages of children, they can help in the actual baking activity by measuring and mixing some ingredients, or, younger children can sprinkle sugar on the cookies or decorate them with icing when they are finished. Helping in this activity can also be educational as parents can use the activity of measuring and figuring out equivalent measures to teach fractions and other mathematical elements.
An activity that is related to food which also helps to create memories
during the Christmas season is making fruit and goody baskets, which are filled with candies, baked items and other treats for loved ones, their special friends, neighbors, teachers or for charity. Items such as goody baskets make especially wonderful Christmas gifts because they are home-made. That quality often makes them more treasured than a Christmas present that is bought at the store.

Christmas Elves Cookie Jar - Holiday Ceramic Cookie Jars - Personalized Cookie Jars

Christmas Elves Cookie Jar – Personalized Cookie Jars

Christmas Delights Oven Mitt

Letterpress Christmas Cards set of 50 Christmas Trees

Letterpress Christmas Cards

Because Christmas is the season of goodwill and good cheer, it is very
important to reach out to family, loved ones and friends during the season. The busy lives that many people lead today often leaves them little or no time during the year to be in frequent contact with family and friends who are located far away, or even others who live within a reasonable distance in the same or a neighboring state, for example.
It is therefore very common during Christmas to send a Christmas or holiday greeting card to those individuals. Along with the pleasant memory of receiving the card, there may be a short letter included that gives a brief account of any significant event in the individual’s life or with members of the family. That makes sending and receiving Christmas greeting cards more memorable.
Then there’s probably the most anticipated activity of Christmas – finding
out what Christmas gift Santa brought on Christmas Eve. While adults also look forward with much anticipation to see what Christmas gifts they will get, it’s really the children who get the most delight from receiving presents at Christmas. The carefully planned actions to hide Christmas presents from children and then to magically place them under the Christmas tree to be found on Christmas morning is one of the most wonderful ways to create unforgettable memories for children at Christmas.

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One comment

  1. Patricia Beets · December 8, 2015

    Awwww…thank you! I so appreciate you including our Candy Cane flavored cocktail rim sugar in this blog post! It’s funny, I was just making some chocolate-dipped pretzels for some hostess gifts, and was using our Candy Cane sugar on them as an accent – just like you were talking about, with decorating cookies. (Great minds….)

    ~Patricia (who needs to get back to filling out Christmas cards…)

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