A time for family reunion
Since time immemorial, Christmas has been the season of spreading
good cheer, of spending time with your family and of sharing,
caring and giving. Of love and compassion and of family bonding.
However, it is not a surprise that a large number of people
nowadays do not spend Christmas with their families. While
some of them are too busy with other pursuits, the vast majority
of these people do not spend Christmas with their family because
they do not like doing it.
Instead of spending Christmas with their family, they prefer
spending it alone or with friends and colleagues. This is
indeed a sad reflection of our times. But more than this,
it is a wake up call for all of us who have been blessed with
a good family and great kids, but are too busy with our professional
lives to spend time with them.
Large picture: Christmas
It is therefore imperative that we take every opportunity
to bond with our family and make the most of our relations,
and Christmas, no doubt, provides us with the best opportunity
for bonding with our family. So this time around, make sure
that you take time out from your busy work schedules in order
to have a long Christmas at home. Trust me, your old parents
and your young children will really appreciate it. Stop treating
Christmas as a time for socializing and designate it as official
family bonding time. Invite family like parents, children
and their spouses and your brothers and sisters with their
families for Christmas.
Spend quality time with your kids before your extended
family arrives. Christmas is a good time to teach your family,
especially children about values like love, compassion,
giving and sharing. Try to include the whole family in different
Christmas activities like festival related cooking, decorating
the house and the tree and wrapping up gifts etcetra.
Come up with games that your family might enjoy. Build
a snowman together with your kids. Go ice skating. In fact,
it is a good idea to go shopping together, where you can
make your kids choose their own gifts, but do the latter
only when you have an unlimited budget.
The key here is not to get too involved in planning the
feast and the party, but to give yourself a break and to
spend maximum time with your family. A family Christmas
is the best kind of Christmas and once you have had a good
one, you will make it a point to enjoy every future Christmas
with your family.