Top 5 reasons celebrating Christmas is healthy for your family
Even though we are not yet in the fall season, many people are already gearing up for the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve – these celebrations are the most important ones for many families out there.
Christmas, in particular, is the event that fills us with the holiday spirit and really lets us examine our lives. It is the season of giving and receiving presents; the season when we all get together and share a meal, and one of those joyous holidays no one wants to spend alone.
But, when it comes to families, Christmas has a much higher meaning than we might think. In fact, did you know that celebrating Christmas can also be good for your family? Many would even dare to say that it is healthy!
We thought about this claim for quite a bit and decided to really get down to the nitty-gritty. The goal was to discover how celebrating Christmas might help our families stay healthy and happy. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and see what it’s all about.
#1 Christmas is the time of reconnecting
We all know the struggle. You probably moved away from your family a few years ago, and you’re still not sure how to create some time in your schedule to go visit them. Emotions start intensifying – your family is becoming more upset with each missed opportunity. Thus, the relationship starts slowly deteriorating, which has a double negative impact. You as an individual feel low and sad, and your family as an institution suffers.
Because of that, enjoying Christmas with your family is a healthy opportunity to slowly reconnect. You will get to see more of your immediate family – your parents, as well as your brothers and sisters. That way, you will have a chance to actually talk to them again like you used to and heal.
The Christmas spirit is not something Charles Dickens made up. It is really there, and it is all around us whenever this holiday rolls in. So, instead of just ignoring it, the healthy thing to do is to let your family embrace it entirely. By doing so, all those fights you’ve had will be meaningless. What’s more, the overall atmosphere will improve and stay like that for much longer than you might think; OK, or at least until someone’s birthday!
Furthermore, let’s not forget the fact that no one wants to be lonely at Christmas. The “Christmas depression” is a real thing and it impacts many families every year. Because of one reason or another, they don’t feel the Christmas spirit around them. For example, some family members might have canceled or even refused to come and have a traditional Christmas dinner. That makes some families feel inadequate, lonely, scared of the New Year and the struggles it might bring them. You can imagine how hard that must be.
Therefore, use Christmas to reconnect with your family and help them feel happy again. Invite all important family members and make this celebration a memorable one. Think of it as building stronger bonds between all your family members and as a way of making your family life a healthier one in the long run.
#2 Christmas helps build lasting memories
We all remember those wonderful Christmas memories that influenced our childhood. Snuggling up next to a fireplace, opening presents on Christmas morning; not to mention watching reruns of Home Alone for a few days! These are all the memories that changed not only us as people but the dynamic of our family as well. They marked us for life in a good way and helped us recognize how important family is.
Because of that, if you have just become a parent or you’re struggling to understand how your kids are growing up so fast, it is time to build some lasting memories. Treat Christmas as one of those rare occasions when your children can enjoy themselves all day long. Let them play as much as their little hearts desire! Furthermore, make sure you include your other family members so that you can all have fun together AND become closer.
This sort of behavior at Christmas has many benefits. First of all, you will, in a way, build a family life full of joy, happiness, and warmth. Moreover, you will give your family one event when they will feel included. Your family members will know that they are not alone in this world; that they have someone who’s looking after them and making sure that they are alright. And all of us know that’s not a feeling you can generate with toys and presents. It has to be real, and it has to count.
These lasting memories will be the foundation for your family in the following years. They will be the memories that get retold during other celebrations. What’s more, these memories will help your family become as tight-knit as possible.
#3 Christmas will help your family learn the art of giving and receiving
One of the hardest things you will ever have to teach your children is why it is important to give things – and not just take them. Just ask your parents – they probably struggled with that too!
But, one thing that made it all possible for them was Christmas. As a child, you were eagerly awaiting Christmas to come so that you can finally get that toy you had always wanted or that game you couldn’t wait to try out. However, somewhere down the line, you learned to appreciate Christmas for what it really is – a time when the family gets together and enjoys all the wonderful things life brings us.
This knowledge is not something you can learn from a book, or by watching a YouTube tutorial. It is the knowledge you get by having incredible Christmas dinners with your family, playing games, and spending quality time together. And, at the same time, this knowledge is a skill not all people can acquire. It is something that comes from having a healthy family life, filled with occasional struggles – yes – but, in its core, founded on happiness and connection.
#4 Christmas lets your family put the bad times behind them
Almost every family on this planet knows how difficult bad times can be. They all know how these really feel and how hard it is to make those bad memories go away. However, all of them also know that Christmas is the time when all of that can actually – disappear.
Many of us usually lose our Christmas spirit when life throws us a curveball. At that moment, we think to ourselves: “Christmas spirit? What could I possibly do with that when I have this or that problem?” Most families feel this way, especially if the problems are connected to money struggles.
But, as in some of the most famous classic novels, families that reconnect at Christmas are healthy families. Let’s take for example Little Women. A story of four sisters and their mother who, at the beginning of the book, have to spend one cold Christmas together while their father serves in the war. These girls spend the first pages of the book struggling with the fact that their Christmas won’t be filled with food or drinks as it used to. That year, they might not even get presents! So, how do they survive the Christmas season? Well, they learn that as long as your family is well and healthy, other things don’t matter. And trust us – they really don’t.
Therefore, even during bad times, celebrating Christmas with your family and chatting away about all sorts of things can help your family feel better. It can help them feel like everything will be alright and that all their problems will find resolutions, one way or another.
#5 Christmas helps your family embrace teamwork and learn
Lastly, there’s something to be said about families that work as teams and really know how each part of that team functions.
Some people might disagree with us on this subject, but we do honestly believe that healthy families embrace teamwork as much as they can. They will go shopping, build birdhouses and plan an incredible vacation – together. Furthermore, they will split chores and make sure each member of the “team” is contributing to the household and pulling their own weight. That’s best seen during Christmas.
In some families, it is up to the mother to make the whole Christmas dinner, clean the house, buy Christmas presents and make sure everyone’s fed, clean and happy. But, in healthy families, this sort of behavior doesn’t really exist.
In healthy families, all members are pitching in. They are all taking care of one part of the Christmas planning process. The father and the brother(s) will get the tree, while the sister(s) will make sure all the beds are made and the small children are safely playing away from the kitchen. Meanwhile, the grandparents are there to make sure everyone’s punctual, dressed well and not hungry – not even for a second! That’s how a healthy family life looks like during Christmas, and it is the reason why celebrating Christmas with your family is one of the best decisions you can make.
Furthermore, since Christmas is a family celebration, we all have to bear in mind that emotions can get heightened. Things we’ve never said before may come up, and fights can get started in a blink of an eye. But, that’s not a bad sign. If everyone would just stay quiet and eat their meal, not really mentioning what’s been going on in their lives, then families wouldn’t really exist! A family is not just blood – it is the relationship that has been built on the foundation of that blood.
Therefore, if you choose to embrace the Christmas spirit and really make it a family thing, don’t be afraid to do so. You will discover that the teamwork atmosphere you build during that time will keep generating benefits throughout the year. Moreover, your family will get a chance to see other sides of you that they might not have noticed before – both good and bad. But, either way, the whole family will learn new things and adjust in order to make some space for that holiday joy we all know and love!
When it comes to Christmas and celebrating it with our families, some of us tend to feel a bit uncomfortable. We never know what this event will bring us – will we fight, or struggle to get our point across? What if someone eats all the cake and we don’t get to have cake for Christmas? Oh, the horror!
But, jokes aside, Christmas really IS the most wonderful time of the year. Additionally, it is a time when we can turn the leaf over and maybe make our family life a bit healthier than it was during the whole year.
We’ve given you five reasons how Christmas can actually be beneficial for your family, but to be fair, there are others as well. All it takes to embrace these benefits is to let the Christmas spirit change you from within so that you can see your family like you’ve never seen them before. At first, that feeling might make you nervous, but don’t worry, as it is only a sign of real family happiness popping up once more.
Christmas will be here soon, and we hope that you are ready for it. Whether you want to make some new memories and let your children grow up in a healthy household, or you want to reconnect with your parents and mend your somewhat unhealthy relationship with them – don’t be afraid to do it. If you just reserve Christmas for joy and prosperity, you will realize how marking this event, as well as getting into the idea of the Christmas spirit, is healthy for your family and your future.