When that time of year comes around again and the weather starts to get colder as the winter season arrives, your thoughts may well once again turn to that wonderful festive time of year – Christmas. But what are the ingredients that make a great family Christmas? what is fundamental to ensure that the family has a great time.
One idea to consider before the festive season rears its head is whether or not you and your family are going to stay at home during Christmas, or to head off on vacation to a far flung destination. Whether this is an exotic destination or somewhere more rustic and nestled off in the mountains doesn’t really matter. The important thing is to spend time as a family and to enjoy each others company.
If you are staying at home you need to think about how many guests you are having if you are the host, or where you are going to go if you have been offered some invites. Christmas is all about seeing family and friends and having big gatherings can be a great amount of fun but a lot of work. Just remember to offer a helping hand if you find that it is you enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labour.
One of the common themes of Christmas is the giving and receiving of gifts, and most important to consider are any young children that you might have running about your ankles all day.
Whilst the kids love the presents sitting teasingly beneath the tree, it is important that they remember the true identity of Christmas. However, when looking for gifts you will not be short of ideas. For babies you could get toys for the cot or pram or perhaps baby bath toys, whilst the slightly older toddlers might be interested in the latest cars transformers. For teenagers you should be thinking safety at times so a black helmet for their bike might be a good idea. However, do not be restricted in your ideas.
And then there is the meal. What sort of meat will you dish up, and what vegetables will you serve? a traditional turkey with stuffing and all the usual trimmings is never far off the mark. Depending on the size of the table you can never go wrong with several desserts at the end, with cheese, crackers and mulled wine to polish things off.
Whichever way you choose to spend Christmas, always remember its true meaning and try not to get too bogged down in all the commercial exploitation that takes place.