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6 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful

Gather the family around the tree and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year

Photography: Pexels/WDnet Studio (Main Photo)

Aside from celebrating the spirit of giving, Christmas has always been about spending time with loved ones and reconnecting with friends. If you're still finalizing get-togethers and reunions, you may also want to plan the look of your space. Styling the home for the season can be more fun, budget-friendly, and meaningful when done with the help of the family—including the little ones.

Take note of the must-dos below—and who knows? These can be part of a holiday tradition that the whole family can enjoy:

1. Work on DIY Christmas tree ornaments.

Don't just depend on balls, ribbons, and lights! Craft special frames that you can use to spruce up your tree. Cut cardboard boxes into two-inch squares, wrap it using colorful paper, then decorate it with ribbons. Complete the look of your frames by sticking family photos to the board. Choose those from memorable trips, milestones, and even daily snaps that put a smile on your face. Once you're done, hang these as decor.

Aside from making you smile, these frames can also be great conversation starters with guests. If you're expecting kids as guests, you may also want to liven up the tree with sweet treats like candy canes and mini bags of chocolates.

2. Carve out a special corner for Santa Claus.

Designate a corner or an area at home where Santa Claus can shine. You can  set up a table in the living area where your favorite Santa pieces can take center stage. The young ones can even leave their letters to Santa in this corner, too. Make it sweeter by placing a jar of cookies or a bowl of fruits as focal point.

3. Let the kids create special gift tags.

Ask the young ones to draw trees, snowmans, and stars on a sheet of paper. Using a scanner, scan the drawings and fix each with a special holiday greeting. Once you're happy with the design, print these out on sticker paper. Cut each carefully and stick them to the gifts you're giving out to friends and relatives.

4. Record your favorite Christmas songs and carols.

Admit it, you can't help but feel the warmth of Christmas each time Jose Mari Chan's voice takes over the airwaves. To make this year count, why not record a version with the whole family belting out a few tunes? You can record this via phone or video recorder. The finished film can be a lovely souvenir that you can keep or give to lola and lolo as present. 

5. Create personalized Christmas stockings.

It has always been tradition to fill these socks with gifts and treats. With the help of the little ones, personalize the stockings of the whole family by adding patches, embroidered letters, and colorful scraps of fabric. Display these stockings in their room or even in the living area, near the Christmas tree.

6. Pay it forward.

Share the blessings and spread the love this season. Choose a charity organization that you and your family can support over the holidays. Bring food, gifts, and host a small get-together. It doesn't have to be grand—what matters is you were able to help in your own little way.

PHOTOS: Pexels/ Unsplash | Markus Spiske | Public Domain Pictures | Tookapic | WDnet Studio

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