Youth Alternatives: How to make Christmas special for your family

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CHEYENNE, Wyo - It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas without thinking about the things that really matter. To avoid this, it’s important to set aside time to relax and be with family and remember what’s important in life.

Cheyenne Youth Alternatives sent us some things to keep in mind this Holiday season.

-Practice family traditions
It doesn’t matter what traditions you practice or how you practice them, what matters is that you practice something that is important to you and your family. Practicing these traditions helps us all to come back together and bond as a family. It reminds us of what is important in life and helps to refocus our perspective back to this. Whatever your family’s traditions might be, practicing them is a good way to commemorate what it means to be a family for you.

-Keep the focus on being together
It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of Christmas so it’s important to keep in mind what the holidays are really about and spending time with loved ones. Make sure to set aside time to spend time with just you and your family and this doesn’t just mean on Christmas day. Devote as much time as you can to your family because these are memories that will stick around even after the gifts and excitement fade.

-Give back
Find a way to make someone else’s Christmas special and do it together as a family. This is more than just checking off your list or giving gifts out of obligation. Volunteer your time as a family or invite someone who may not have family to Christmas dinner. Do whatever it is that you decide as a family will be meaningful and not just for you but for someone else as well.