The holidays offer families countless opportunities to bond, share, celebrate and start traditions that make the holidays more meaningful. Traditions represent a vital piece of our past, shape who we are today and will help form the structure and foundation of who we are likely to become. Traditions, especially at holiday time, contribute a sense of comfort and belonging. They bring family and friends together and serve as an avenue for creating lasting memories. Whether it is sharing a pancake breakfast on Christmas morning or fulfilling an annual secret Santa wish for a family in need, no moment is insignificant when building traditions that make the holidays more meaningful. The bottom line is you should make the most of your holidays and have fun!
Sometimes it is easier said than done, so I am going to help by giving you some tips, ideas and activities! (Of course there is always baking or visiting the bakery to pick out all of your holidays goodies…but you knew I would say that!):
First of all don’t waste any of your holidays deciding what you want to do. Plan ahead and decide what you want to get done. Being organized and having a well prepared schedule is a good thing so you don’t end up cramming things in or not getting them accomplished, and then regretting the time you wasted. Second, give yourself variety with planned days of shopping, decorating, baking or visiting friends and days to relax consisting of catching up on emails, giving yourself a manicure or pulling out those holiday classics: Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street and what Christmas would be complete without It’s a Wonderful Life?
Here are some fun things to do with the family while you are counting down to the big day:
Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and visit a tree farm. Chances are you’ll do more than find a tree. Many tree farms offer sleigh rides and other family-friendly activities. The kids will love it! Make your own personalized ornaments by adding names, dates and photos to them. Then trim the tree together. I can assure you that you and your family smile every time you walk by the Christmas tree trimmed with your favorite memories. A holiday tradition and favorite for us is baking cookies and making a gingerbread house. Give kids a deeper sense of the holiday by having them make gifts. Drive around the neighborhoods to see all the festive house lights. Spice up your typical holiday celebration by introducing traditions from around the world. Learn to say happy holidays and sing carols in various languages, or add foods from other cultures to your holiday menu. Start a Christmas Eve Tradition by taking turns to read your favorite holiday stories. Create a digital holiday scrapbook so you can easily share your holiday memories with friends and family. These are just a handful of suggestions but there are a multitude of ideas to be discovered and shared. No matter how big or small just make them meaningful! Oh and remember, the Holidays are a time to indulge so eat, drink and party and DO NOT feel guilty about it!
Don’t forget to tune into TLC on the new date; Monday, December 30 at 9:00 PM to watch The Bakery Boss featuring Oteri’s Italian Bakery! Follow us on Twitter @ Oteris_Bakery so you can tweet about us during the show.
Wishing you Happy Holidays…
From our Family to Your Family with Love!