The days surrounding Christmas can be a magical time, but there are ways to make it even better while cutting down on the associated stress. You don’t have to buy the most expensive gifts to make someone happy—there are other ways to put smiles on faces and make lasting memories.
Whether you’re enjoying the outdoors or spending quality time with family, or trying something completely new, the holidays are a perfect time to experience something truly special. Here are 15 tips to help this Christmas make a lasting impression…
1. Go Fetch a Real Tree
Many people end up at a tree farm or a store to choose a tree that’s already been cut down for them, and that’s all fine and dandy. However, imagine gathering up the family and trekking into the wild to find that perfect specimen, while also bonding and enjoying nature.
Real trees are much more environmentally friendly than artificial trees, according to the Mother Nature Network. That’s because most “fake” trees are made in China and shipped around the world, resulting in massive carbon emissions. Just a disclaimer: if you’re chopping your own tree, make sure you’re not on private property and not breaking any local laws (you may need a permit).