We are officially into the holidays, and this guide should help you navigate them with fun activities and lots of cheer! Personally, for me, this time of year means spending time with family, and practicing gratitude for all the good things that have happened. Of course, some years are more hectic then others, but finding that peace is key to the joy of celebrations.
I grew up in the northern part of the United States, so colder weather and snow honestly are synonymous with Winter for me. Some of my activity ideas are outside, so always remember safety first and bring along layers, coats, warm boots, and gloves if the weather calls for it. Christmas Villages are one of the most holiday central places you can go to, especially in the Pennsylvania region. We have several of them, and for obvious reasons, the Philadelphia one is most near and dear to me. (Several years ago my husband proposed to me at it!) This is a great way to get outside and exercise, while checking out what various artisans have made. It is always a great idea to support your local shops.
Another fabulous way to get outside is the check out holiday light shows. Pennsylvania has gorgeous light displays all over its state, with some car drive through areas, and some walking. My recommendation is to listen to holiday music as you wander through to maximize on the Christmas spirit!
If you prefer to stay cozy and warm you may like baking cookies with your family. This year, my mother in law made really creative and beautiful treats with us, and it highlighted my husbands family history and a love of baking. The nice thing about cooking with your family is that you get to hear about these traditions, and how they are special during the holidays!
It would not be Christmas if I did not mention holiday movies! When I was a kid, my family loved “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” so that is the first movie that comes to mind when I think about fun and festive films to watch. I mean, I hope that everyone knows about the Griswold Christmas tree! A couple honorable mentions as well to check out are: “Die Hard (yes… it is a holiday movie…) Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), the Holiday, Frosty the Snowman, and of course Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
A superb way of showing gratitude would be to send holiday cards out to loved ones and friends. In our fast paced world, it is all the more of importance to take that time out and to write down how much these people mean to you. These amazing individuals are part of your life, and they will appreciate knowing how much you care about them!
On a personal note, I recommend spending time in nature and really soaking in the magic of Winter. You can bring a notebook or some paper, and write poetry on your surroundings, and explore the environment. If you are going through an especially busy time, I feel like this is a must do on the holiday list!!!
Board games and puzzles are also great ways to connect with family and have good hearted fun. I hope that your holidays are full of joy, fun, and treats! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite activities are as well. I have attached a couple more holiday ideas for you, and remember to click that subscribe button!