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5 Ideas To Make The Holiday Season Extra Special This Year

I think we can all agree that Christmas 2020 is one for the record books. So many traditional holiday activities have been cancelled due to COVID — like my favorite shopping experience and our big Friendsmas Party *Sad Face*.

So, what the heck can we do to still make this season a festive, memorable experience? Well, maybe we can make NEW traditions!!

5 Ideas To Make The Holiday Season Extra Special This Year

Go Look At All The Lights

Pile your family up in the car, and hit up ALL the Christmas Lights!! Well, don’t LITERALLY hit them, please. LOL.

There are so many neighborhoods that decorate to the nines (Why is that even a saying? What the heck does it even mean?). Clark Griswold would fit in just fine in some neighborhoods, and I LOVE it!!

There are also tons of places that have light festivals. We have something called Tanglewood Festival of Lights — and it’s AWESOME — and our zoo does up their parking lot with all kinds of light displays.

Where can you find lights near you?? Go see them all!!

Speaking of Christmas lights, make Thank You Cards to take to all the houses that have lights you love!!

I don’t even rember how it started, but this is a tradition we do as a family, and it is absolutely one of my favorites.

About 10 days before Christmas, my family starts filling out Thank You Cards. These Thank You Cards say something like, “Your Christmas lights really blessed us this year. Thank you so much for sharing the Christmas joy with us all.”

Then, on Christmas Eve, after the sun has gone down, and the Christmas lights are glowing bright, we go to the houses that have lights, and we sneak a Thank You Card up to the porch.

Now, not a whole lot of houses around here decorate for Christmas, so it makes it extra fun and special, trying to find all the houses with light displays.

I hope these cards bring a little joy and happiness to those who took their time, energy, and love decorating their houses up for all to see!

If you can take time off work to be with your family, do it.

Now, I know not everyone has the opportunity to take time off at Christmas. BUT, if you can, spending time with your family is far better than any gift they will get under the tree.

20 year from now, will your family remember the gifts they recieved this year? Probably not. But, they WILL remember that you got to be together as a family during the Holidays.

Take your time off to create fun holiday memories together with the ones you love.

Get the family involved in the details.

Sometimes, it’s just the little things that are the most special and fun.

Get those kids to help you make and decorate Christmas cookies, and then drop them off on doorsteps for the people you love.

Have the family help you wrap gifts. I’m not saying have them wrap their OWN gifts. Ha!! But, have Joe wrap Sally’s gifts, and have Sally wrap Daddy’s gifts, etc.

Make it a fun experience, and eat some of those Christmas cookies y’all made while you wrap all the things.

Take it back old school.

Back in the day, people would decorate their trees with strands of popcorn and cranberries that were strung together on string. They would also make paper chains of bright colors that would decorate their trees.

Why not get together as a family, put on a Christmas movie, and have a stringing party!

Have popcorn, cranberries, and string at the ready (You will have to use a needle to get the thread through. USE CARE!! SUPERVISE those kids with pointy objects.)

Cut strips of colored construction paper, and tape or staple them together to make a chain. Weave it in and out of the branches of your tree.

Get lots of pictures, because this will be one family fun time you will want to remember!

What other fun things can you think of to make this the BEST Christmas Season ever?

Don’t just stop with these 5 ideas for a fun holiday season! There are tons more things you can do to make this the BEST Christmas ever. You just have to think outside of the box, and use your imagination.

Let us know, in the comments, what ideas you come up with.