5 Ways to Shake Up Your Christmas This Year

Not feeling so jazzed about Christmas this year? It's understandable, sometimes the same old traditions can get a little boring. Do you really want to spend another Christmas Eve watching It's a Wonderful Life when you can already recite it line for line? Maybe doing something new could be a good thing...

After all, every tradition was new at some point so why not shake things up this year? Here are 5 ideas to help you have an out-of-the-box holiday season:

1. Spice Up Christmas Dinner

Everyone loves turkey and mashed potatoes but having the same dishes every year can get a little stale. Christmas dinner is an opportunity to have fun and try new things. The options are endless.

Does everyone in your family have different tastes in cuisine? This can be a great chance to create memories by holding an annual family contest in which the winner gets to choose what the family eats for Christmas dinner. You could decide the winner based on who put in the most volunteer hours with a favorite charity, or maybe a family game of Monopoly is more your speed.

Even if you only do this one time, everyone will remember the Christmas dinner when they had pizza and wings with their eggnog.

2. Give Art

Everyone can make art. Not all of us grow up to be spectacular artists, but we can all remember drawing pictures of our family in kindergarten. Of course, there is no reason to limit yourself to just drawing as you can also share music, poetry, or even a Christmas movie for any aspiring directors in the family.

This also has the added benefit of promoting financial responsibility. Rather than investing in the latest electronic device, your family can all invest some time and effort in creating their gifts — and walk away from Christmas wealthier in more ways than one.

3. Pick a Fun New Year's Resolution

Why does everyone's New Year's Resolution always sound like a form of torture? It's not surprising most people fail to stick with them.

This year you can set yourself up for success by purposefully choosing to do something you actually enjoy. Want to lose weight? Rather than going on a diet, you could commit to taking a cooking class. This way you can learn how to make healthy meals that taste good!Is there something you've always wanted to do but never made the time for? Maybe you've always wanted to take a dance class. Maybe you've longed to see the Grand Canyon in person. Whatever it is, this year commit to doing something you look forward to experiencing rather than dread facing. 

4. Volunteer AFTER Christmas

Volunteering is great but the supply of volunteers throughout the year is not steady. This year you and your family can choose to make a difference during a time the supply of volunteers may be running low.

Maybe you can plan it around Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day. Or maybe you can set aside the last weekend in April to go help out at your favorite charity. You can decide on Christmas night when everyone is feeling grateful! Whenever you choose, your efforts will be appreciated.

5. Video Game Tournament

It's always fun to gather with family to play board games during the holiday season but the kids (and some adults) may appreciate leaping into the future with a video game tournament. This is a great way to bond as a family and who knows, maybe Grandma is an exceptional NBA 2K21 player? 

Christmas traditions are fantastic and will always be a part of our lives, but it doesn't hurt to occasionally mix things up. So, make this the year you try something different — it may even become a new tradition for your family!

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