- FUN FEATURES
Well, the day has finally come. The gifts are all wrapped, Santa has made his last stop, and all that's left to do is add up all of dad's sweaters he will be taking back to the store come Dec. 26.
Christmas is billed as "the most wonderful time of the year," but everyone knows there are a few things that should be done, and should be avoided, to help make the day go a bit smoother:
*DO make sure you exchange gifts in the proper order. Giving someone their big ticket item first only makes everything else seem a anti-climactic. If little Johnny gets his Xbox right off the bat, what are the chances he's going to want to try on those new pair of boots you bought him? Keep the suspense going and, if you can, pull a little "A Christmas Story" prank on your little one and hide the very best until, at the last minute, unveiling it to the delight of all.
*DON'T throw away any receipts, even if someone gives a polite "jeez, this is really nice." Loved ones care about each other's feelings, and dashing a person's hope that their light-up tie will be treasured forever isn't something anyone relishes doing. It might be later on, after a few cups of egg nog and a delightful holiday behind them, that they may be willing to break the news, gently, that they would like the receipt.
*DO check out the 24-hour marathon of "A Christmas Story" with the family at some point during the day. It is one of the best Christmas movies of all time and, even though 24-hours seems like a bit of overkill, it makes for great "background music" as the family enjoys a day together. For those night owls who can't get to sleep, the marathon begins at 12 a.m. sharp, so stay up and catch it before heading off to bed.
*DON'T worry about the wrapping paper. Unless there is something special about the colorful coloring, just let your loved ones tear away to get at the good stuff underneath. That's what everyone is going to remember the next day, not the color of the paper that was hiding their favorite present's identity. Remember, wrapping paper can be bought for little more than a dollar at most places, so there is little use in conserving.
*DO make cooking Christmas dinner a family affair. After everyone has played with their toys or tried on their new wardrobe, it will be time to cook up the family's traditional meal. Whether it be ham, turkey, or fish, put everyone to work making some portion of the feast. This isn't a punishment but rather a way to get the whole family involved in what should be a fun activity that, in the end, will leave everyone's stomach full.
*DON'T forget to call loved ones who couldn't be with you for Christmas. Whether it is mom or dad stationed in a different part of the world, or grandma and grandpa who couldn't be with the family this year, make a call and make that person's day. Even a phone conversation, to let family and friends know you are thinking about them, can go a long way to making someone feel special and loved. It doesn't cost anything but a little time.
*DO have a very merry Christmas and may your day be special and bright.
From all of us at The Cheshire Herald, have a wonderful Christmas Day!!!