A Cozy Christmas Tradition: The Holiday Jigsaw Puzzle

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A holiday tradition that actually helps you relax? You need this in your life.

Each year, my family selects and completes a holiday-themed jigsaw puzzle. As family members come and go throughout the season, the puzzle is available at the puzzle table for anyone wishing to find a few matching pieces.

Here are some great reasons to give this tradition a try:

Jigsaw puzzles get you in the holiday spirit

Focusing on a holiday scene for an extended period helps to get in the holiday spirit. You can't feel like the holiday caught you by surprise if you have been staring at a manger scene for days.

Jigsaw puzzles are relaxing

Sitting down at the puzzle table is a great way to unwind and get your mind off of the holiday craziness. It requires your full attention so it actually gives your mind a break from other worries and activities. It's a great excuse to spend some time in front of your Christmas tree or near a window on a snowy day. Plus, it keeps everyone unplugged from technology for a time.

Jigsaw puzzles are great alone or great as a group

A puzzle works as a great solitary activity or a fun group project. Anyone can participate. Everyone may not be interested in sledding, but everyone can do a puzzle.

Ready to give it a try?

Jigsaw puzzles vary in terms of difficulty so consider the ability level of your puzzlers as well as how much time you would like to spend on the project. If you are unsure, a 500-piece puzzle is usually a good place to start. If you have younger children, or want a quick sit-down activity, try a puzzle with fewer pieces.

It can be difficult to locate Christmas-themed puzzles, particularly religious ones. Here are some we have found.