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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.

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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.

 

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.

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An activity that is related to food that 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 homemade. That quality often makes them more treasured than a Christmas present that is bought at the
store.

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
making sending and receiving Christmas greeting cards more memorable.

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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 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.

With-Love-Samantha

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Karen Kasberg
9 months ago

We often get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season. Your post is a wonderful reminder to take these what may seem to be “busy” moments and cherish them, make memories with your loved ones. Thanks for sharing.

Lauren
9 months ago

These are some lovely suggestions for making Christmas memories. Thank you for sharing.

Lauren

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Grace This Place
9 months ago

This is great! We eat Filipino every year for Christmas!

Pastor Natalie
9 months ago

I appreciate this post and agree it is important to make memories for Christmas. The nativity is definitely the main reason for the season and is most important to be acknowledged. I absolutely love the lights and decorations and the holiday cookies too. Have a Merry Christmas. 🎄🎁

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Tiffany
9 months ago

I love this! My kids are still young but old enough to start some new traditions! I can’t wait to create memories they can hold on to forever.

Evie
9 months ago

This sounds so similar to our Christmas in our house. The smell of cookies wafting through the home is magical when mixed with the sounds of Christmas music and all the lights.

Lily - Office to Outdoors

I couldn’t agree more. We have to take in all of the special moments during the holiday. Decorating our tree is such an important tradition in our family.

Jeanine
9 months ago

I love Christmas it is my favourite time… the family getting together the visits…the giving…I absolutely love giving….I have to say as a grandparent I get as much joy watching the kids open presents as they do opening them…

Headphonesthoughts
9 months ago

I love Christmas cookies. I have enjoyed the past years trying to make Christmas cookies with my family.

Carrie
9 months ago

This year I decided memories were more important than things so I planned a sleepover for the kids(nieces and nephews) instead of doing gifts. The kids were thrilled! They loved a memory as a gift and I know they will talked about it for years.

Making cookies is memory I love from my childhood. Gingerbread men with my mom.

Thanks for this post! Putting what matters into perspective!

Stephanie Pick
Stephanie Pick
9 months ago

Baking is a big one for me. It is a wonderful way to show your love and include the kids in the fun.

Hanna
9 months ago

Love this post. This year actually I invited my nieces and we bake some gingerbread men together.it was fun and very memorable

Crystal Green
9 months ago

My kids love to bake cookies with me during this time of year. We also go look at Christmas lights every year too. I do strive to make as many memories with them as I can all year round, but definitely during the holiday season.

Kaybee Lives
9 months ago

I love the creativity of these memories! I think experiences and doing things with people are the best ways to make memories and feel connected. Thanks for the ideas

Adventure Awaits Us At Home

We are all about making memories. Christmas is definitely one of those times. One tradition we have is our family photo shoot. It’s always a fun time.

Shea
9 months ago

Yes! We baked cookies last night and got to sled this morning with a bit of snow! Perfect!

Nelly's Blog
9 months ago

The holidays, especially these couple of years, have been quite hectic, it’s great to see that people are still making time for family. I love the back-to-basics approach! baking was always one of the best memory-making activities for our family 🙂

Nabeela naeem
9 months ago

That is a great post and agree on making memories that we often forgot to do. Doing something special either for yourself or for your loved ones is important . Thanks for sharing !