With Christmas just around the corner there aren’t many shopping days left. Choosing the perfect gifts for our families is not always an easy task.
Giving suggestions to others when they ask us what we want can sometimes be equally difficult.
This year, instead of spending money buying gifts that your family really doesn’t need or may never use, I would like to suggest the idea of making memories as an alternative to traditional gift giving. Memories last forever and will never end up stuffed in the back of a closet or left in a drawer. Giving your family a memorable experience does not have to break the bank.
If you don’t want to venture too far from home yet would enjoy an evening out and spending time relaxing in a pool, planning a family hotel night is a great option.
As a family, consider taking time to help others who are in need. Whether you are volunteering at a local food bank or shelter, spending time together will not only be a bonding experience, it will also help to make Christmas very special for those less fortunate.
Experience the best your city has to offer by spending an evening together with your family taking a Christmas light tour or going on a sleigh ride. To add to the festivities, bring a thermos of hot chocolate and your favourite Christmas baking along for the ride.
With the busy lives that many of us lead, it can be difficult for families to find time to be together.
Take a break from the responsibilities of day-to-day life and forego the gifts this year, using the funds to cover the cost of a family vacation. Whether it’s an overnight stay at a cozy winter cabin or a week away in the sun, spending quality time together and creating special memories can be the highlight of this Christmas.
Researching your family history can be a difficult task and very time consuming. Consider purchasing services available through websites such as ancestry.ca to assist with this endeavor. Finding out information on your family lineage and possibly making a connection with a distant relative could make this Christmas extra special.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate Christmas with your family this year, have a happy and safe holiday season!
Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at email@example.com