It’s easy to get caught up in a wave of activities and consumerism during the holidays. We can become so outwardly-focused on parties and shopping and all that we want to accomplish that, before we even now it’s happening, taking care of our own family gets pushed farther and farther down our To Do List.
It doesn’t have to happen that way. With a few purposeful choices, you can shift your attention back to your own family. Here are some ideas to help bring your family closer together and shift attention to the relationships that are most important to you…and make this holiday season your family’s best one ever.
Volunteer as a family at least one day during the holidays. There are social service agencies in your hometown that need your help. Maybe your family can establish an ongoing relationship with one of the agencies, and continue your service after the holidays are over.
Reach out to an organization that can help you “adopt” a family that cannot afford gifts or a festive meal. Get everyone in your home involved in making the holiday happen for someone else.
Take your kids shopping for gifts to donate to Toys for Tots or another program that gets them to children in need.
Set a clear expectation that phones are not allowed at the family dinner table, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.
Keep your phone and other devices off for an hour a day to enjoy face-to-face time with your family. Ask your partner and kids to do the same.