Christmas is a time for family. A time for the family to come together and create memories. In today’s hectic society it has become harder and harder for families to get together. Many families must gather in small groups at different times instead of everyone gathering all at once. The family bonds that we have and our desire to cherish in each other’s lives shows with how we still make sure these get-togethers happen, even with our lives being hectic.
For many, the children are what makes the holidays the joyous times that they are. Some enjoy getting to spend time sitting back and watching the children run around and play. For others, it is the time spent sharing their stories of the past year. There are those that love to just sit back and watch the joy and excitement on the children’s faces as they open their gifts Christmas morning. And for others, it’s the time spent around the table eating dinner and snacking on the sweet Christmas treats.
Creating a Christmas menu that will please everyone is always a challenge. The age range of those that will be attending has a significant effect on what will be on the menu. It wasn’t long ago when this would not matter. The meals served were the families traditional holiday meals. These meals were served with the same items that were served in the year’s pass. Traditional family recipes were passed on to each new generation. The closer the age range the less variety there needs to be on the menu. The wider the range the large the selection needs to be to appease everyone.
Picking snacks and treats can be a lot of fun when children are included in the cooking. Spending time creating treats and snacks is always fun. The creativeness of children always makes the process interesting. Five of the most common treats are making cookies designed in different Christmas themed shapes. Building gingerbread houses. Taking brownies and making them shaped as Christmas trees or using them to make brownie suckers. Marshmallows are very versatile. They can be used to make a variety of different treats. A common one is a snowman. One of the oldest traditions is stringing popcorn to on the Christmas tree. Now it may be for the tree but what makes it a snack is all the popcorn that gets eaten instead getting put on the string.
Shopping for Christmas is a task that can be tremendous fun or rather challenging. Some people are easy to buy for while other can a challenge. Children have become challenging. It used to be that there were only a few toys a year that came out that all the kids would get all excited about and want more than anything. Now there are dozens of toys coming out each year that it makes it a challenge to figure out which one your child wants. With so many toys it is hard not to buy more toys than you should. A good way to save money is to look online for discounts and coupons. There are websites such asGroupn.com, that provides discount codes and coupons for a multitude of companies that are both online and physical stores. These companies provide Groupon.com with their current savings. Utilizing this you can save enough to allow you to spend more on your children. The adults are challenging because they often have what they want or they buy it when they want it. In the end, whatever you buy your family, feed them, or do with them will make them happy.