Creating Fun, Quality Family Time Over The Holidays
holidays can often seem to end up a whirlwind of activities,
particularly when it comes to staff parties, family events, and other
obligations. Finding time to provide quality, fun and engaging family
time doesn't have to be a challenge, and there are simple, low-cost
ways that families can be together while enjoying the spirit of the
To help get started, looking into what is
available in your community is a great first step. Many communities
have cultural activities, fairs, Christmas parades and other types of
activities that are free of any costs or very low cost to attend.
If you are wondering what else you can do, why not consider:
• Donating your time
– as a family, volunteer to work at a community charity in your area.
The whole family can help at a food bank, volunteer time at a nursing
home, or even help out at the local animal shelter than may be short on
volunteers at this time of year.
• Go outdoors
– just unplug and disconnect for a day as a family and go to a local
park or nature area. Plan a hike or try a winter picnic complete with
hot chocolate, a bonfire, and hotdogs and s'mores, or even a day on the
local hill for sledding. Many community centers also have snowshoe or
cross-country ski rentals that are affordable if you don't have your
own equipment. You can also rent skates and go ice skating indoors or
out depending on where you live.
• Play some board games
– this is a terrific time of year for Mom and Dad, or the grandparents,
to share some favorite board games from their childhood days. Even
young children can play as a "team" with an adult, and kids love board
games such as:
- Snakes and Ladders
of these games are readily available at thrift stores and garage sales
and make a wonderful way to spend some quality time on cold days or
Kids also love to be involved with the holiday
baking, meal preparation and decorating. The more you involve the
children and spend time together the more the holiday will become a
memorable event for everyone in the family.
Eliminate Your Excuses For Skipping The Gym
Regular exercise is an important part of
maintaining your health. Going to the
gym once a month won’t do it, no
matter how hard you work out that day.
Here’s how to fight the temptation to
avoid exercise when you’re not in the
• Clear your mind. Make a regular
date with yourself for exercise and train
yourself not to think about all the other
tasks you could be doing. Focus on the
here instead of being distracted.
Find exercise you enjoy. Most gyms offer a variety of exercise
equipment, so choose an activity that makes you feel good while you’re
doing it, not something you detest no matter how beneficial it may be.
Riding a bike through your neighborhood is just as helpful as sitting
on a stationary bicycle in the gym.
• Set your own goals.
Even if you work out with a buddy or trainer, decide for yourself what
you want to achieve. Set realistic targets that challenge you, not
impossible goals that make you reluctant to try.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Creating Fun, Quality Family Time Over The Holidays
- Eliminate Your Excuses For Skipping The Gym
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a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate
Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
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more Christmas trees are sold in the States each year.
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Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the
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x to make X-mas!
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