The Christmas season is about to begin, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is excited about it. Yes, Christmas is a very special time indeed, mainly because of the One who is the main Reason for the season: the Birthday Celebrant Himself, Jesus Christ.
Christmas is also special because we have more opportunities to make meaningful memories with our loved ones — not that we can’t do so during other times of the year, but the Christmas holidays are extra special, don’t you think so? There is just something different, almost magical even, about the whole season.
Now, I’m sure you all have your own activities and plans for Christmas but please allow me to share a few suggestions for beautiful memory-making, in case you’re looking for ideas:
1. Make Christ the center…
…of all your Christmas merry-making.
Go to Mass on Christmas Day.
Celebrate Christmas all throughout the season, not just on Dec. 25. (Here are some ideas.)
Pray together with your loved ones every day and thank God for the gift of Jesus, His Son.
2. Share your blessings…
…especially with those who are not able to enjoy Christmas like other “ordinary folks” do.
Christmas is a great time for sharing and caring, so involve your loved ones — your family and friends — and reach out to those in need.
Our family plans to perform “random acts of kindness/mercy” somehow on Christmas Day, even if it’s just giving out bread or other food items to poor kids on the streets, or something like that. (I’m actually hoping we can do this every day of the Christmas season.)
3. Have fun…
…with the people you love. Enjoy this precious time with those near and dear to you.
Squeeze in extra time for snuggles over hot chocolate.
Say “yes” to their requests for a family movie night at home.
You might even want to treat them to a special experience, like watching Le Grand Cirque, which is set to dazzle audiences from Dec. 25, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Le Grand Cirque is a big-scale circus production featuring an electrifying show of acrobatics, aerial tricks, white-knuckle stunts, and precision skills. Its world-class artistes from Europe, Canada, and the United Kingdom have captivated millions of audiences all over the world. Watch the preview below and you’ll see why:
Dubbed by the press as the ‘Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil,’ this heart-pounding Las Vegas-style extravaganza promises action, glitz and glamour. It’s even been described in the press as “a glittering spectacle” that “defies gravity and belief,” and touted to be a “real family entertainment.”
By God’s grace, our family was given two free tickets to Le Grand Cirque — an answered prayer of sorts because Rysse had been asking Anthony and me for weeks before Christmas if we could buy tickets and watch the show. So getting free tickets was a great blessing indeed! (Thank you, Araneta Group!)
Since Baby Titus is currently in his “separation anxiety stage,” Anthony was the one who took Rysse to watch it, as part of their monthly “daddy-daughter-date.” I asked her what she thought of it and this is what she had to say: “My favorite part was all of it; I didn’t want to leave!”
(Since our daughter truly enjoyed her date with her Papa, I suggest you date your loved ones at Le Grand Cirque, too, if you can — tickets can be bought here. You can also check their Facebook page for more details and updates.)
Of course, the aforementioned are not the only things you can do to make meaningful memories this Christmas season. There are SO many other ways; so many other activities! Whatever you choose to do, I hope and pray that you don’t lose sight of the REAL meaning of Christmas, i.e. to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
From our family to yours, may you have a beautiful and blessed Christmas season!
Do you have your own suggestions for making meaningful memories this Christmas season? Feel free to share them in the comments section below. And if you found this article useful somehow, please do share it with others. Thank you!