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Ideas for Celebrating Christmas

As Christmas approaches, some eagerly anticipate celebrating in the same way they always have.  Others are ready to shake things up a bit and do something a little different.

The thought of buying presents for all of their children and grandchildren overwhelmed Terri and Bill, especially when nobody really needed anything.  After several conversations about what to do, they finally decided to give their family a special gift of time and togetherness.  They started planning mystery destination trips.

When the time came, they told their family what kind of clothes to pack.  Then on the morning of departure, everybody learned where they were headed together.  Sometimes they took a trip to the mountains for a weekend, and other years they did something more elaborate.  These experiences helped create memories that will last far longer than many of the gifts they had given in the past.

If you’re ready to add some variety to your festivities, here are some things you might try:

Finally, as you make plans, don’t forget those who work on Christmas Day.  Some people are alone for the holidays, too. If you don’t celebrate with family, consider taking homemade breakfast or Christmas dinner to first responders. You might even take food to a hospital waiting room or to someone who can’t leave their home. Or, you can really brighten someone’s day by inviting them to celebrate with you, especially if you know they are lonely.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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