When I was younger, it seemed like we spent more time, sometimes days, decorating together as a family. As a kid, we spent time at my aunt and uncle’s house. Decorating for the holidays was a huge thing. We spent a weekend and had a blast putting up decorations and drinking hot apple cider. We also went to a tree farm to pick out a tree and helped cut it down. Plus, we also visited Santa, sat in his lap and told him what we wanted for Christmas. It was all very exciting.
Then at my mom and dad’s, we spent the whole day together, decorating our tree. I can’t tell you how awesome it was to just be together as a family. The memories I made with my family are my absolute favorite. Are you looking to create some new holiday traditions? There are lots of fun things you can do together. Here are a few ideas!
Bake Christmas Cookies
There are so many kinds of cookies and treats you can make. Think beyond the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe and search for a new type of cookie to bake this year. You can bake extras to give to friends or family. Plus, consider paying it forward and bake cookies for your mail delivery person or the people who pick up your garbage and recycling.
Sing or Listen to Holiday Carols
You may not be much of a singer but that’s okay! With so many devices that stream music, like Spotify, Pandora or even Alexa, it’s easy to get into the spirit of the season by listening to holiday music. Whether you like today’s popular, modern music or prefer listening to the classic sounds of Bing Crosby, putting on some music is a relaxing way to spend time with your family.
Watch Christmas Movies
We all know the famous classic holiday movies, such as “Home Alone,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “The Christmas Story.” You might also prefer Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Watching movies together is a great activity. You can even try to make it a movie marathon.
I hope you all get to make some great holiday memories this year. The past two years have been very long for all of us. Now, things are semi-normal again. Be sure to enjoy the time you spend with your friends, family and loved ones. Let’s create some wonderful memories!
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.
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