10 Ways to Make Your Holidays More Meaningful

Shop for Gifts Together
Decorate as a Family
Sweeten the Deal
Watch Fun Flicks
Go Sing Carols
Embrace Your Inner Figure Skater
Get Crafty
Donate to the Needy
Attend Community Events
Toast With Eggnog
Shop for Gifts Together Decorate as a Family Sweeten the Deal Watch Fun Flicks Go Sing Carols Embrace Your Inner Figure Skater Get Crafty Donate to the Needy Attend Community Events Toast With Eggnog
By Lauren Barth October 16, 2009
Make holiday shopping more fun by going as a group and pick out items together. Split up once you’re ready to purchase presents for one another. If the kids aren’t old enough to go alone, bring a babysitter or friend to help them out. Try to get it all done in one evening, save time, and actually enjoy the experience. Go to your local Hallmark Gold Crown Store for great gifts like Keepsake Ornaments and DVD Greetings. The stores are stocked with lots of new ways to help you find meaning inside.
Do you dread decorating? You love the final result, but the extra work is daunting. You have to assemble the tree, organize the ornaments, hang the mistletoe, and position the stockings. Recruit the kids to help deck the halls and deck out the house. They’ll love feeling like an important part of the tree-trimming process, and you’ll take pleasure in a few precious hours together.
Taste the season and bake something scrumptious. Decorate sugar cookies, frost cakes, and whip up other creative Christmas confections. Let your little ones help you out in the kitchen. Who cares if things get messy? These are memories you’ll cherish forever.
Put on PJs and pop in a DVD. It doesn’t matter if you choose a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life, a comedy like A Christmas Story, or a modern movie like The Nightmare Before Christmas. Your family will have a holly-jolly time snacking on gingerbread cookies and sipping hot cocoa. Don't miss A Dog Named Christmas Sunday, November 29th on CBS 9/8c.  It's the 237th presentation of the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie series, you can even purchase the DVD at your Hallmark Gold Crown store beginning Nov. 30th. 
Bundle up the kids and hand out the sheet music. It might seem silly at first, but you’ll stand tall and proud as your children belt their hearts out to neighbors and friends. They’ll feel happy and inspired singing songs and spreading cheer.
Go to your local rink and put on your skates. This winter activity is extra special during the holidays. Practice your triple salchow—or just try to stay upright on both feet—while moving to the beat of your favorite festive tunes.
Get out the crayons, glitter, buttons, and construction paper and have an arts-and-crafts afternoon. Join the children and make snowflakes, snowmen, and other seasonal projects. And then hang these new works on the fridge for all to see.
Giving to loved ones feels good, but giving to a less fortunate child feels even better. Get your family involved and teach them the importance of charity. Ask them to select toys to give to needy kids, and inspire them to spread good will and help humanity.
Find holiday events in your town like Christmas tree lightings, plays, book readings, and Santa sightings. Spend time together in your local winter wonderland, meeting people from your community and making new friends.
Ring in the season with a thick, creamy glass of eggnog. Relish the sweet cinnamon flavor while you warm up by the fire, write letters to Santa, and talk about your favorite traditions, old and new.
The year flew by and now the holidays are here. There’s so much on your to-do list and so little time to get everything accomplished. And it all goes by so fast, you barely have a moment to enjoy the fleeting festivities. Slow down, take a breath, and make time for what really matters. Give thanks for friends, family, and good old-fashioned holiday fun. Make the whole month more meaningful by starting new traditions and spending time together.
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