Traditions are great for making long lasting memories and bringing people closer together. If your family just tolerates each other at Christmas, maybe you need to mix things up and create some new traditions or bring back some forgotten ones!
For some people Christmas day is not the same without prawns. Or Aunty Muriel’s trifle. Or Dad’s homebrew beer. Maybe Grandma always burns the pumpkin and you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Many families, for purely practical reasons – ie overeating!! – have a tradition of a nap after Christmas lunch. Some families play board games or start a giant puzzle. Back-yard cricket or a walk on the beach can help you work off the seconds and thirds of Christmas pudding.
Christmas is about giving. For some families this means getting involved in a charity. Find out what your local charities need. Pack a shoe box with gifts and essential items. There are charities who coordinate shoe box gifts around the world. Or find a charity that accepts donations towards a Christmas meal for those who would otherwise go without.
Other cultures have interesting festive traditions. Find out what your neighbours are doing during December and ask if you can join them. If you are an Expat living in another country, get involved in your host country’s traditions. When you move back home you can take some of those traditions with you as a reminder of your time away.
The holiday season can be difficult for many people. It can highlight loss, loneliness, and broken relationships. Keep an eye on your neighbours and others in your community who might need company or some extra care.
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