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Enjoy Family Celebrations in Your Holidays


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I wish there are family celebrations in every home, especially with Christmas and New Year’s just round the corner.

It’s during the family celebrations that every family member gets the warmth of love and affection, and there is peace and harmony among all.

Celebration of festivities is the source of joy and happiness that light up our life otherwise gloomed by the traumas and tribulations of daily life.

Holidays are the perfect time to be together as a family and bond with each other. These are the times when children learn the family values and experience the traditions.

They get a sense of identity, a sense of security, and feeling of closeness that is sometimes amiss in the daily hectic and busy life.

And family celebrations do you good too. You lose stress, gain confidence, your spirits rise high and you drop the defensive mental guard to be free.

Relaxing, refreshing, and recharging – what else do you plan doing in these holidays?

Of course, shopping is always there. But you do want to have some quality family time where you get to interact more with your loved ones and give time and attention to each other.

You’ve family traditions just for this purpose as they help celebrate the family get-together in the true sense.

Almost every family has its own traditions for family celebrations. I have mine and similarly, you must be having your ways of enjoying your family celebrations.

In every culture there are fun and exciting ways for the kids and the adults as well to make the best of the holidays.

Like, if you’re going to be indoors, you can play some games together or share doing things together like cook some goodies.

And if you’re celebrating the holidays with your extended family, then it’s a great time to view old family home movies and photographs and revive the nostalgic memories.

When you get tired of being indoors, you take your family celebrations outdoors and go together for a hike in the woods, enjoy a picnic, go skiing, or do anything to do with nature.

This post is not about telling you what to do to make the best of your family celebrations. It’s about getting to know how you celebrate with your family in the holidays.

No matter what corner of the world, family festivities have a special significance in our life.

Today, I give you the opportunity to share your family celebrations with everyone on this platform so that we can get to know each other better.

Enjoy your family celebrations during these much awaited holidays of Christmas and New Year’s. Being with your loved ones is the best gift you can give them.

Happy Holidays!

Over to you -

So, tell me about your special family traditions for Christmas, New Year, or any other festival that you celebrate in the holidays. Just share your own way of enjoying the family celebrations with your family members in the comments below.

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39 Comments

  1. Brenda

    December 22, 2012 at 6:10 am

    No special traditions in my household. Just spending time with my loved ones and reflecting on the memories of Christmas’s past. Happy Holidays to you and your family Harleena!

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Sorry everybody, I’ve been very late in replying to the comments on this post. Work, holidays, new posts, family – all those things held me hostage. So, better late than never, here are my sweet and short responses.

      Brenda, that’s pretty cool. Being with loved ones and reflecting on the memories are what one should do on Christmas time. And now that New Year is approaching near, I’m sure you’ve more reasons to be happy being with your friends and family.

      Enjoy your time. Have fun. :)

    • Dhruv

      March 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      I too love to spend my holidays at home. Doing creative things and experiments are quite better. I also get time to do some extra things to scale up through internet marketing :)

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        Harleena Singh

        March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        Hi Dhruv,

        I agree, some people enjoy family celebrations and holidays best by being at home and doing something constructive, especially if they haven’t had the time to do those things in their busy schedule earlier.

        Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. Mayura

    December 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Well, I’m not celebrating Christmas dear but there are my friends who will. :) Offline and online too. So I’m gonna celebrate with them this time. ;) Actually I get busy with helping the Carols and decorations where my friends engaged in for Christmas. Anyway this time as here we experiencing heavy rain and more flooding situations, Christmas is about offering helping hand.

    Mmm… We always welcome New year with the positive attitude and together with family and friends as it’s a time that people not going to work and children at home as no school, Harleena. :) Most of us it’s a milestone for what we do and to start with a fresh motive.

    We have our own kind of New Year falls in April and there we have numerous traditions and events followed by all Sri Lankans dear.

    Happy Holidays and enjoy your holiday time too Harleena. :) Well, moms can be much busy in holidays.

    Cheers…

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Hope you had great celebrations on Christmas day, Mayura. Yes, every day gone past is a milestone and the end of the year is definitely a big one.

      I wish you start with a fresh motive and positive attitude in this New Year and achieve great success. Enjoy your holiday time! :)

  3. Ashley Porter

    December 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This is a pretty helpful blog article for those looking to enjoy their holiday season. Many people celebrate with their family and friends and different cultures have different ways of celebrating but it all comes down to being with those we care about the most.

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      You’re right, Ashley! Holidays are meant to enjoy with those we care about the most. Hope you had a great Christmas time and wish you all the best for the New Year.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  4. Sapna

    December 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Harleena

    Being a punjabi, I celebrate every festival related to us with great pomp and show and with close relatives and friends. It starts with Baisakhi and till Diwali. But the best celebration is when all close relatives are around and if someone close is not there, surely he or she is missed specially during the festivals.

    Thanks for the great post and Merry christmas and Happy New year to YOU and to YOUR family.

    ~Sapna

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      That’s a pretty long festival time – from April till November, but that’s how things are in India and it’s fun. I agree, the real celebration is with family and close relatives. Wish you the best for the coming New year too!

      Thanks for stopping by, Sapna. :)

  5. B k chowla

    December 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Nah..We aren’t great fans of X’mas.
    For years, we have a tradition of getting family members together over Diwali. I have carried forward this tradition from my father. It is such a pleasure seeing three generations together at least once a year over Diwali.

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Good to know that you celebrate Diwali in the real family style with all generations getting together – that really must be fun!

      Wish you a prosperous New Year too! Thanks for stopping by, BK. :)

  6. Hiten

    December 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Hope you’re well!

    For me, I’ll be spending Christmas Day with my immediate family and then the day after, which is Boxing Day in the UK, we’ll be having a party with some of our friends. After these days, I’ll be catching up with extended family and close friends who live in different cities. I still haven’t decided what I’ll be doing for the New Year celebration.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful and Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year! :-)

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      I’m well, thank you, Hiten. Hope you had a great time at Christmas and Boxing Day too. I’m sure the festive mood continues and wish you and you family too a very happy New Year.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. Vidya Sury

    December 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    :-) We are busy making plans for the next couple of weeks since today was the last day of school and winter vacations begin tomorrow. There are places to see and visit, people to meet. We’re also looking forward to spending time at home together, ;-) trying out new recipes, cleaning closets, making stuff, reading together and watching movies. And – lots of singing and antakshari, our favorite game.

    Oh, am really looking forward to the next two weeks.

    Happy holidays! Love, Vidya

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      I’m sure you’ve planned to have fun in the holidays, and implemented them too by now, Vidya! Yes, being at home and doing tasks and activities together is sure a fun thing to do. Ah! antakshari is the ultimate test of your awareness of Hindi songs, and it is always interesting.

      Hope you’re enjoying and wish you and your family continue doing that as we step into the New year in a couple of days. :)

  8. Hajra

    December 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    No special plans for the holidays but we make sure we have a small family trip to some place during the last week of the holidays. Just to end the year on a nice note!

    Happy Holidays! :)

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      That is good enough, Hajra. A family trip is a great thing to do in the holidays.

      Wish you start the New year on a higher note than that you end the present year with. :)

  9. Ruchira

    December 23, 2012 at 2:02 am

    We celebrate all festivals and Christmas is another opp to thank our existence and be grateful.

    Cheers!!

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      True, Ruchira. All festivals are sources of joy, fun, and good reasons to be with family. They teach us love, humility, and gratitude.

      Hope you and your family have a great New Year too! :)

  10. Shorya Bist

    December 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Festival,celebration, shopping, winters all around. I am so happy to see other people happy as everybody enjoying this festive with friends and families and me too of course.This season I personally enjoy sitting at home relaxing and watching movies specially every X-mas time I watch one movie that is Home alone.

    I just love this movie and it reminds me of my childhood days from many years I watch this during this period of time.

    Yes shopping I enjoy very much so this time also I will go for shopping and most probably tomorrow.

    So what about you what are you planning for this Festive season.

    Thank You
    Shorya bist

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      Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Festivals are a boon for families, and great fun too. Home alone is a good movie, I’m sure you’ve some nostalgic memories attached to it.

      I plan some shopping too! Thanks for stopping by, Shorya, and have a Happy New year. :)

  11. Aditya

    December 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t really go deep into religion but I’m a Hindu. However I always enjoy the Christmas festive period and also try to spread the cheer. Some of my friends celebrate Christmas and its always fun celebrating Christmas holidays with them. There’s a lot of history and tradition in it and it’s really nice to see how neatly they follow it.

    Festivals are always fun, I love spending time with my family. Luckily my dad here’s with us and he’d be there for the holidays and will be getting back on 30th for his job, no new year for him I guess.

    Either way, it’s great to have him here and there is a great sense of fulfillment when you celebrate with family.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you as well :)

    Aditya

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      Harleena Singh

      December 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Yes, Aditya, I agree that sometimes religion doesn’t matter and it’s the purpose of the festival and the spirit with which it is celebrated what matters most. I’m sure you must’ve had lot of fun and enjoyment this Christmas with your friends and family.

      Have a great New Year with your family, though you’ll miss your father this time, but I’m sure you’ll be content that at least he was there for Christmas and part of the holidays.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for stopping by. :)

  12. Amandah

    December 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    This Christmas Eve and Day will be quiet because my niece and nephew have to work. Back in the day, we used to have over 30 people at our house on Christmas Eve, but when my dad got sick in 2002, my mom stopped it because it was too much work for her, and my dad didn’t want all of the people over the house. The only people that came over were my aunt and uncle, my dad’s brother, and my sister and her family.

    Fast forward to 2012 and times have changed. My niece and nephew are teenagers with jobs. My sister is separated from her husband. My aunt and uncle will be spending Christmas Eve and Day with friends since my aunt’s mom is in a nursing home. I must admit that I’m looking forward to a quiet Christmas Eve and Day where we can kick back and relax and not worry if this or that person has a drink or enough to eat. Of course, my sister and I would have loved to spent Christmas somewhere sunny and warm, but our mom won’t fly. :)

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      Harleena Singh

      December 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Things do change with time, Amandah. Yes, I understand with age it’s not easy to work to host a large gathering. And, as we grow up, our jobs and career become our priority. We then cherish the good memories of the past. I guess you enjoyed the Christmas day with your limited personal family, must’ve been a different experience but life is all about adjustment and being content with what you’ve, isn’t it?

      Wish you a very Happy New year with your family. :)

  13. Lisa

    December 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    It’s a pleasure to read all of the happy plans your readers have for spending time with family during the holidays Harleena. That’s how it should be. Unfortunately some people struggle with family time.

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      Harleena Singh

      December 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Very true, Lisa. It’s important to celebrate with family and spend time with them especially in the holidays. And, yes it is unfortunate that some people find it difficult to take time out for their family.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy New Year. :)

  14. Susan

    December 24, 2012 at 4:57 am

    We are Christian, so we celebrate Christmas. After going to church, we celebrate Christmas Eve at dinner with my husband’s family. I always bring cheese blintzes because it is a special family tradition. His parents made the blintzes when they were alive; now my husband and I do. On Christmas Day, we get together with my family–they are coming over for dinner. One of my daughters is in South Korea so we will miss her for the holidays.

    I wish everyone a peaceful and happy holiday season, no matter what your holidays are.

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      Harleena Singh

      December 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

      It’s nice to know how you celebrate Christmas, thanks for sharing it with us, Susan. I’m not a Christian, but I do celebrate the spirit of Christmas as I understand it, and appreciate the festival.

      Some family traditions are always good and they instill values and sense of identity in the family members. I hope you had a great time with your family on Christmas.

      Here’s wishing you more happiness in the coming new year. :)

  15. Carolyn

    December 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Hi Harleena, Great question. Our Christmas season was a bit crazy for four years because of our living in England. Now that we’re back in the US, we really enjoy being at home and being able to enjoy our family traditions again.

    One of those traditions is putting up our miniature Christmas village. I used to do it myself but now the kids enjoy putting it up!

    Merry Christmas to you and your readers, Harleena!

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      Harleena Singh

      December 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I can imagine how beautiful it looks when you put up a miniature village, Carolyn. We’ve a similar tradition here on the birth festival of Krishna called Jamnashtmi. I hope your kids enjoyed putting it up and that you had a memorable Christmas again back at home.

      I wish you enjoy the new year as well with you family. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  16. Carrie

    December 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Happy holidays to you too! I hope you enjoy your Christmas and New Year! =)

    I can’t believe Christmas came so fast! I’m ready to eat a good Christmas dinner and watch movies with my fiancee. It’s our 7 year anniversary! =)

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      Harleena Singh

      December 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Carrie!

      Yes, time flies so fast. Congratulations on your anniversary too, great to have it combined with Christmas. You planned to make the most of the occasion and I hope it turned up exactly the same.

      Have a great new year as well. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  17. Adrienne

    December 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Merry Christmas Harleena,

    Well you know what I’ll be doing tomorrow! Yep, spending it at my brothers will my immediate family minus my nephew who is still working. We’ll have their neighbors join us this year but the more the merrier.

    We all bring our dogs and just enjoy the day spent together. This year it’s suppose to be raining on Christmas with warmer weather so no fun outside activities for us.

    Here is wishing you a very Merry Christmas and I’ll definitely be seeing you before the new year.

    ~Adrienne

  18. Cathy Taughinbaugh

    December 27, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Christmas has just passed for our family. We try and keep the celebration simple with close family. I enjoy spending the time with my children who are now adults and are busy with their own lives, so fun to have a little time with them. For us New Years has been spent with friends. We usually spend it with friends and often have a bonfire on the beach. It is quite fun. My best to you and have a Happy New Years.

  19. Justin Musiker

    January 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Personally, I do not celebrate Christmas as I am Jewish.
    But my girlfriend does, so we kinda just celebrated for Hanukah & Christmas. Even though we are not the same religion, we still just accept that and make the host of the holiday season. Thanks for letting us lost a lit our holidays, and hope you had a great one.
    Justin

  20. MANICKAM VIJAYABANU

    January 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Best wishes for aha-now’s new look and theme. I could see many options and filter criteria and would be surely helpful. But it looks require little more fine tune ups. :)

    Holiday was wonderful and busy. We had some friends get together and family time during this holiday, though we do not celebrate Xmas specific.

    Hope you had nice holidays too. Thanks.

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      Harleena Singh

      January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Hi Manickam,

      Thanks for your wishes and I’m glad you like the new look. Yes, it does require some fine tuning, which I’ll be doing bit by bit everyday. Family and my new theme kept me completely busy these holidays and I’m happy you too had a great time together with your friends and family.

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