The Yuletide season presents an awesome opportunity for friends, family and loved ones to come together in unity. It is always exciting to have every member of a nuclear and extended family come together in one place to celebrate. These practices can help families build stronger relationships during this season of celebration:
Set out time to be together.
The first step we must take is to schedule time to spend together as a family, only then can we begin to engage in productive and bonding activities. This could be at a central family house or a place most comfortable for everyone in attendance.
Eat meals together.
Studies have shown that eating meals together helps to reinforce communication. This could be done at dinner when every person is most likely present.
Do family chores together.
Make house chores during this period the responsibility of the whole family. This act creates a strong sense of togetherness, being a part of the same struggle.
Organise family meetings.
Having a serious family meeting during this period is very important. Issues must be resolved; differences are reconciled and a very clear picture of the future is discussed by members of the family. This practice is very critical to foster a stronger bond among family members.
Encourage support for each other.
There is hardly anybody without desires and needs and most times the platform is not available for support and for sharing these needs. In this season we not only share gifts but also our needs and problems among members of our families. We must support and encourage each other at this time.
Before, during or after dinner, exciting games can be used not only as a fun activity but also as a way to review and revisit family ideals, traditions and past experiences.
Send love to distant family members.
Unfortunately, not every member of the family may be present. We must show love to them even in their absence. We could send emails and gift items to them and call them together with other members of the family. This gives them a sense of belonging.
Go through photographs.
Families sift through old photographs together, telling stories of the people in the pictures. Children and teens put these together in a family storybook as a gift.
There is nothing as important as family. They stand by us and with us when others disappear. They extend boundless love almost in exchange for nothing. What can be more fulfilling than finding ways to strengthen this relationship?
As we approach another yuletide season, make it a point of duty to show appreciation and love to your loved ones.