I've been thinking about the holidays this weekend, since it's now officially that time of year!, and although I'm not one of those people who hates them, I have noticed how I've done a few things differently this year, which feel really clean and healthy (from a boundaries perspective) - and it's been awesome!
In addition to creating some new traditions - I have had a renewed sense that it's important to keep the holidays light and fun. So here are five ideas I've come up with to help do just that!
1. Play games - I grew up playing a lot of games, but until recently haven't managed to successfully integrate that as a routine with my own immediate people. Now that our family includes kids who range in age from 13 to 22 - we are trying to do more game nights. This weekend we've played Bananagrams, Fluxx, and Jenga - it's so much FUN! (Other favorites are Apples to Apples, Connect Four, Cattan, Clue . . . a nice mix of traditional and newer options). Whether you have kids or not, try unplugging and playing games - it's a blast!
2. Read kids books - I've been working on the agenda and content for my upcoming Photography + Life Coaching Retreat in Mexico, which is going to include an element of children's literature circa 1974-ish - it's going to be so good. As part of that preparation I've been re-reading some of my childhood favorites . . . they are so funny & fun - and a reminder to not take life so seriously.
3. Make something - Whether it's a simple holiday ornament, your favorite cookies, or the gingerbread house kit from Trader Joe's . . . doing something with your hands (that isn't texting or surfing the internet!), is soul food. Try it!
4. Singing loudly to Holiday Music - I once dated a guy who hated Christmas Music. (Just let that sink in for a minute . . .) So yah - I could never really figure that out LOL! I do understand if Justin Bieber Christmas isn't your thing, of if you aren't really into Chanting Monks. And I know that there is probably a genre of Holiday Music that works for everyone. Find yours & sing (or hum) along! Did you know that singing creates the same amount of endorphins as running!? #moodmender Also - after years of trying to plan it and then bailing at the last minute, I am actually going to go see the Christmas Ships this year on December 23rd at Gasworks Park. Meet me there?
5. Take a walk to see the lights - These are the shortest days of the year, so celebrate them by finding the lights! I love to walk in downtown Seattle where they have twinkle lights gracing most of the trees & the giant star graces the side of the Macy's building - it just feels so cheerful & bright even when it's cold outside. Grab a coffee or hot cocoa & a friend or loved one and go check out the holiday light displays!
Do you have your own fun holiday traditions? How do you keep things cheery during what is sometimes a stressful time of year? Send me a note or comment below - let's support each other in having a great holiday!
Love & Light,
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