Christmas is always a challenging time of year. We don’t always have the energy to be cheerful, or we just might not be in the mood for celebrating. However, as parents we can’t always afford to “take Christmas off”. Our children depend on us to provide them a merry Christmas and we need to find the ways to make it work.
The following tips will help get you going in the right direction with minimum effort. Feel free to use all, or some of them – whatever works for you this season.
1 – Play Christmas Tunes
There’s a never-ending playlist of Christmas songs, in a variety of genres. Find a playlist that you’ll enjoy listening to as your first step towards your well-earned cheerful Christmas spirit.
2 – Decorate Your Web for Christmas
Not many people realize this, but these days there are some cool free tools out there that let you change the way your Google or Facebook pages look (or any other site for that matter). A quick search in one of the leading tools – Stylish, revealed some fun Christmas themes such as a snow effect, or different Christmas backgrounds. It’s easy to install and use, and it’s completely free, with no ads.
3 – Watch a Christmas Movie
This is a fun activity that you can do with your kids, since most Christmas movies are child- friendly. Here’s a list of some great Christmas movies that Timeout created.
4 – Challenge Your Kids to Put Up a Christmas Show
This will keep your kids occupied and give you time to focus on your long Christmas ‘to-do’ list, while also getting you into the Christmas spirit with your kids running around the house and rehearsing scenes from their play.
5 – Decorate your House for Christmas
This is probably the most important action to take in order to help you get into the right mood. There’s nothing like being surrounded with Christmas lights, looking at those huge decorated stockings, and of course the tree, which is a must have.
With these few little helpers, you’ll get into the Christmas spirit in no time and you and your kids will enjoy a merry Christmas and a happy new year.