Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Christmas Family Fun, Incredible Memories are Made of This-Gift Ideas

That time of year is coming upon us very quickly now.  You know the one holiday that everyone has been gearing up for since the beginning of the month.  No, it's not Thanksgiving, although that is just a day away! Rather it's the holiday that features good Ole St. Nick, eight tiny reindeers, singing carols by candlelight and sharing our love for one another!  Christmas is just a month away!

This is a gift and application review, to help make Christmas a little brighter for everyone!

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay

We all know that this year 2020 has been full of challenges and many missed opportunities to be with our families and friends.  Everyone is feeling kind of glum over restrictions that have been put into place to keep the spread of COVID down.  (Nothing beats staying healthy)

But that doesn't mean that we can't still have our fun!  We just need to look at different ways to make our holidays special within the safety of our homes, while still sharing the joy!

Many families will not be able to get together this year as they have in past years, but that is not a reason to give up on being with each other.  There are ways to still be in each other's presence without being "right there"!  ZOOM meetings can be arranged ahead of time, so that family in all parts can "tune in" at a certain time and share the excitement happening all around.  Just click on the ZOOM to download the application for PC's.  

Just think of the fun you could have with everyone done up in their Christmas PJ's, sharing the morning eggnog with Gramma and Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles and Cousins who live far away. It can be done!

Make it a plan that every family will join the ZOOM MEETING in their Christmas Pajamas. Set the time to meet and designate one person to extend the invitation to all other members of the family.  So that when you are all ready, it's a matter of joining the meeting and everyone will be able to see and talk to each other.  

There is time on your hands right now to order the "Special" PJ sets for each family unit, so that on Christmas morning everyone is decked out in their finest matching Pajamas.  



When the time is right, everyone will be online in their finest and ready to share in the fun.  I'll bet there will be more than one camera grabbing pictures of everyone and really letting the joy of the morning come through.  Matching pajamas can be had in many different styles and colors.  Christmas themes are everywhere and you can choose to mix and match within a family, or just match everyone in one family!  The fun is in seeing everyone donning their best Christmas outfit and being relaxed and comfortable at the same time.

If PJ's aren't your thing, think in terms of Christmas sweaters or sweatshirts.  Some of these are very nice and other's fit into that "UGLY Christmas Sweater" category.  The choices are up to you and the fun is for everyone.  Getting everyone organized is the key.  

Call or email your family members and get a consensus of what everyone would like to do, and then plan and execute the idea in a timely fashion.  Like right after everyone has had their Turkey!  

Orders should be in before too long so that everyone who is participating can be ready for their Christmas debut flaunting their own special outfits.  

When everyone is all decked out, make sure you take the time to get a good family picture and share it with your whole extended family where ever they may be.  Holiday times are the best and sharing pictures from year to year will make those memories even better.  

I love the idea of being in my Pajamas, relaxed and cozy, while all the grandkids and other "bigger" kids are having a blast as well.  It's nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the fun and the smiles that are sure to be a part of this great holiday time.

While we are called to take care of everyone, by staying within our family "bubble" safely, don't let Christmas pass you by without reaching out with every method possible to be with our loved ones.  





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10 comments:

  1. Good suggestion for virtually 'getting together' with family this holiday season, Olivia. We've done the Zoom calls a couple times this year for birthdays and a drive-by high school graduation, so it's easy enough to set up for Christmas this year. A different year for sure, but one where 'connections' are especially important. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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    1. Zoom has been a blessing to so many people and even with the lock downs and extra care we need to take, there is still time for some fun. Different doesn't necessarily have to be "bad".

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  2. Yes, Zoom will be a big part of our holidays this year too and we will do our best to recreate the normal festivities although we will be in various homes. We have celebrated for many years with matching outfits, sweatshirts, or pajamas. Each year is something different (whatever Mom wants!) Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Well, Mom is the boss no argument there and I think Zoom will be many people's way of seeing and greeting lots of their friends this year.

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  3. Like many, the pajama matching thing was mandatory for the kids. I used to love shopping for those Christmas Morning jammies. I miss that. You're making me want to get some for them as bigger boys now - I think they'd humor me and wear them?

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    1. You could go for the Red Union Suits.... that would be a hoot especially with the grown men in your family. Just wait one day you will be doing this for the grands.....so much fun to be had in your pj's.

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  4. Brilliant idea, Olivia, to make a firm but safe plan for Christmas 2020 -- even if it is via Zoom.

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  5. We, too, have used Zoom to visit with my in-laws, and it meant a lot to us all to be able to enjoy at least a virtual get-together for Thanksgiving. It truly has been a blessing to be able to see each other as well as hear and talk to each other, thanks to Zoom. A phone call just isn't the same as being able to see your loved ones, especially during the holidays. I love holiday traditions, like giving everyone themed gifts or matching pajamas. I still miss my parents a lot during the holidays, as well as the large, festive family gatherings we used to have, now that my sister-and brother-in-law spend the holidays with my nephew in California, and my brother lives in a different part of California. But I'm incredibly grateful to have had so many wonderful Christmases with my family over the years, and so many memories to cherish. Wishing you and yours a most joyous holiday season!

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  6. Lovely ideas about how to make the most of this Christmas time even if we are apart from family and friends. Tech like Zoom has been very helpful to many families to be able to keep in touch and I love your ideas for Zoom time over Christmas! Also have to say Love Christmas PJs!! :)

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  7. You have some great ideas here. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

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