Christmas Isn’t All About Shopping

MANY are living on the wrong orientation of what Christmas is all about. It isn’t all about shopping for something new like shoes, bags and presents. It is actually the day of the year when families (and even extended families at that) get the rare chance to bond.

Quality time with the kids and other family members matters most in this time of the year, although we can’t just kick the shopping tradition, practice of gift giving (or at least sending greeting cards) and the traditional festive dining table.

For moms, who are generally considered as responsible and the principal architect of most (if not all) holidays and gathering, there are actually some tips you may want to know as to maintain precious bonding moments at the height of your tedious preparations in time for the holiday.

Family Cooking Session

There are menus on our cook books that require members of the participation of family members, especially your kids. Baking cake is one. Or better yet, ask your kids to do the baking themselves using the ready-to-bake dough or cookies. These ready to bake food stuffs are conveniently available in groceries nearest where you and your family is.

Baking cakes for kids would truly amuse or fascinate them, especially using colorful icing and toppings. Start off a kids baking party.

Watch Classic Christmas Movies

Convening your family in front of the television and DVD player to watch a classic movie tackling Christmas is another good idea. In fact, it has always been effective even if it’s not Christmas season.

For the Christmas season, watching the Home Alone (1, 2 and 3) movie series would be a hit especially for kids, but for families who have already seen these films about a young lad who got lost three times in the nick of Christmas, there would always be other classics equally entertaining. Polar Express is one. Other recommended Christmas classics are Little Women, Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Charlie Brown Christmas, among others.

While watching a holiday classic film, popcorn would be a smart food stuff to keep them busy. Don’t forget sodas too.

Donning for Photo-Ops

Assembling family members for a family photo shoot is also a clever gimmick, especially for kids, who are known to have the passion of trying on their new get-ups. It also allows them to have their own photo-ops, copies of which they could post on their social networking sites in the internet.

Night of Games and Quizzes

Moms can also try playing host to a quiz game show of sort. The game should however be related to Christmas, yuletide traditions, people, event and trivia. That way moms don’t only get to entertain her kids, she also gets to add some knowledge to them.

Allocating prizes (like candies, cookies, chocolates, cakes among others) sounds good too. However, moms should be cautious about her kids who won’t be able to get the right answer. Consolation prize is fine.

Be a role model. Moms (and in fact, all of us) should never strike out from our mind what Christmas is all about. It is the season for sharing. Sharing something to the poor doesn’t have to be expensive. What matters is the thought of it.