Family is one of God’s greatest gifts to us here on Earth. The time we spend with them is something we should never take for granted. The memories we make during the holidays can become even more important, as children grow up, cherished friends move away, or loved ones leave this world. Memories can remind us of happy times and the joy the Lord brings to our lives, providing hope during life’s must difficult times.
While simply being with your family can certainly spark some lasting memories, there are some meaningful activities you can do together that you will remember for years to come. Keep reading to learn more.
Cook or bake something together
Food is a great way to build bonds and share special moments. It appeals to all of your senses – touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. With so many senses involved, the memories made while cooking can be some of the most vibrant ones you make. Whether it’s creating a new recipe or fine-tuning a traditional one, spending time in the kitchen together is always time well-spent.
Decorate an ornament
If your family enjoys putting the Christmas tree up every year, consider creating a family ornament (or a few!) each year. Creating ornaments together gives each family member a chance to express their personal creativity. In the end, your ornaments will display a piece of each of your family members, and will be something you cherish year after year as you put your tree up.
This might seem obvious, but making an effort to take pictures and video during the holidays is one of the best ways to preserve memories. Pictures provide literal snapshots of cherished family moments. It can also be fun to capture seemingly boring family rituals, such as snapping a few photos at a family dinner or getting a picture of the stockings hung on the fireplace. Whatever the case, photos are something you can physically hold on to as the years go by… just make sure the photos don’t overshadow the actual quality time you’re spending with your family!
Go somewhere new
Sometimes the best way to create a new memory is to go somewhere new! Experiencing something new as a family is exciting and will surely be something you remember for years to come. Maybe it’s seeing a new Christmas light show, visiting a special sledding hill, or even taking a winter walk through your local park. In any case, stepping outside your comfort zone is a great way to grow as a family, and maybe even create a new tradition!
Speaking of new traditions, celebrating family traditions year after year is a great way to remember our loved ones and create lasting memories. Since traditions span decades and generations, participating in a special family custom each year can help your family feel more connected, both to those still on this earth and those who are no longer with us. While traditions may change and evolve with time, don’t underestimate the impact they can make on you and your family.
What are some ways you and your family create memories? Let us know in the comments below!
Post written by Katie Karpinski