Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that you were wrapping presents for Christmas of 2014? And, to top it off, summer is almost over in the blink of an eye. If you like to plan ahead, now is a good time to start your preparations for Christmas. Here are some ideas to make your Christmas Eve a memorable and lovely one for young and old alike.
Think about mixing old traditions with brand new ones. Another consideration is to think of dividing the evening into blocks of time.
Late Afternoon - There's nothing like giving of one's self to make a holiday meaningful.
- Consider going as a family to a nursing home or to serenade the residents with Christmas caroling. You'll be delighted when the residents begin to sing along with you. If you are going to take treats, it's important to check ahead with the nursing home to make sure which foods will be permitted.
- Another idea is to take your family to an orphanage or to a shelter for homeless folks. Bringing Christmas story books to read to the children, singing Christmas carols or doing a craft will be something that all of you can enjoy together.
- Going from home to home on your street singing your way along and delivering goodies at each neighbor's house will not only be well received, but you might even get to know your neighbors better.
Early Evening - Combining spirituality and festivity for your evening activities will be instrumental in making special memories.
- No matter what you are serving, consider eating your meal early so that there will still be time to enjoy the evening activities.
- If there are children involved, think about putting on a Christmas pageant. You don't even need fancy props. Scarves, robes for belts, sheets for angels are fine for costumes and a baby doll wrapped in a small blanket or a towel will be a sweet Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. If the group is made of mostly adults, simply reading about the birth of Jesus in the Bible will add meaning to your evening.
- To make the evening magical, think about asking somebody to be Santa Claus. If you decide to do this, you'll need to have presents ready. Consider gifts that are good for both boys and girls and simply tie them with a pretty bow in a gift bag. Be sure to let Santa know when he should arrive and tell him where you are hiding the gifts so he can bring them in when you welcome him to your home.
To make the evening perfect, consider renting a snow making machine. They're more affordable than you think. The company will set up the machine for you and will even provide the ice that will be converted into what will seem like real flakes of snow falling from the sky. Can you imagine what it will be like for your guests to go outside and see a white Christmas, even if it isn't snowing? The machine can even be set up inside your house so that Santa will come into a room where snow is falling, as if by magic.
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