The holiday season is a time of year unlike any other; a season spent running around trying to get everything ready for the next holiday. Luckily, it’s also a time for being with your family and the ones you love. Here are some great ways to spend time with your family when you have a break from preparing for the holidays.

Cookies and Cakes

One thing that’s particularly unique about the holiday season is the food you typically eat. While you might not spend a whole lot of time baking throughout the year, no holiday is complete without some delicious baked goods.

Find time for the holidays and your family by getting everybody involved in the cookie making process. You can have somebody help make the dough and another person help cut the cookies, then the whole family can get together at the table and decorate cookies. Your kids will love frosting ghosts, pumpkins, gingerbread men, candy canes and more.

Spread Cheer

We all have our favorite parts about the holidays, but arguably the best part of the holiday season is the feeling of joy that so many people have. And what good is joy if you’re not sharing it with the people you love? Cards and gifts are a great way to let somebody know you love them from afar, and making cards as a family is always a fun endeavor.

There are even websites like Mixbook that allow you to make Christmas cards with photos by simply uploading a photo to the website and customizing the card to your liking. You can let one person take a series of photos, let another person choose the photo to use for the card, and let somebody else customize the card exactly how you want it. If you’re looking for a unique Christmas card that the whole family can be involved in, this is a great solution.


It’s never too early to teach your children the importance of giving to others, and there’s no better time to teach them that than Christmas. There are always families in need of food, gifts and other Christmas staples, so take your children to volunteer at some sort of holiday drive. Not only will this give them a way to stay busy during the holidays as they await Christmas, it will also teach them the value of helping others.

Popular holiday events to volunteer at include food drives for Thanksgiving and Christmas, coat and jacket drives for the entire holiday season, and Christmas present drives to make sure every child has a present to enjoy. Who knows? Maybe volunteering will become a tradition that your family enjoys taking part in each year for the holidays.