This time of year is full of celebration, spending time with loved ones and enjoying our favorite holiday traditions! But maybe it's time to add a few new family traditions, or just try something different this year. Just like going to the doctor is good for your health, participating in fun, family events can be good for your soul.
Start a New Tradition
- Secretly bring surprises to your neighbor(s). Whether it’s baked goods, a gift, or a sweet card, do this for the 12 days of Christmas. On the last day, you can reveal your identity!
- Ramp up the Hanukkah fun. Play dreidel, and use jelly beans or other small candies. When a winner gets a “gimel,” they win all the jelly beans in the pot.
- Start an ornament collection. You can have a theme – like Disney movie characters, or places you visited that year. Or perhaps major milestones in your life.
- Start one gift early. On Christmas Eve, plant some presents on the front stoop or porch, and ring the doorbell. You can do pajamas (to encourage bed time!) or just a fun first gift.
- Make elf foot prints. Use a sponge cut in a tiny foot shape and flour or baby powder to make prints to your cookies for Santa tray.
- Leave out food for the reindeer. Along with your cookies and milk for Santa, leave a spoonful of sugar or some carrots, out for the reindeer. And make some nibbles for evidence!
- Learn about other cultures. Visit the library with your kids and pick out a story depicting holidays in other cultures. Then on Christmas Eve, go around the room and read all of the stories!
- Help others. It’s good to teach that holidays aren’t about getting. Consider limiting gifts for your kids to one or two, and then go shopping with your kids to donate toys to a local cause. Also, consider helping a local organization with volunteer time – especially if it’s after the holidays, when the flux of volunteers slows.
- Go camping indoors. Pick a night and camp out under the tree with the lights on, listening to holiday music and enjoying some sleepover treats!
We hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family this holiday season. If you have any health issues you might have been ignoring, make sure you give us a call so you can start working on a solution! Schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
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