Many families are one-upping the classic treat-filled Advent calendar with a schedule of family fun—a festive activity for every day. Whether it's sipping hot chocolate, baking cookies, or seeing Christmas lights around town, these activities are great … in theory. It's not until your 5-year-old is whining from the backseat of the car or you run out of cloves for gingerbread that you wonder why you decided to try in the first place.
Ditch the schedule for a looser itinerary. Christmas is about spending time with your family, but holding tight to a rigid schedule can feel more like crunch time than quality time. Instead, pick a few activities that your family loves and focus on making them really count.