- Make and give a meal to someone in need. If you have little eager helpers let the kid(s) join in on making the meal and delivering it. My family style taco night recipe might be a great option if you’re looking for something that feeds a lot of folks, quick to prepare, delicious, filling, and perhaps nostalgic.
- Donate good condition toys, clothes, and useful household objects to an organization such as St. Joseph Center. Recently I had the pleasure of donating my time and expertise to their culinary program, leading the class through the art of making plant-based desserts. Donating one’s skills is a valuable and economical gift for the Holidays!
- Take a stroll around your neighborhood, slow down to enjoy the lights. If you see the people who put them up, thank them for sharing the joy and beauty of the season.
- Use random objects think cookie cutters, small toys, bit and pieces lying around that you’ve been saving because they are fun or inspiring and make them into ornaments. Nova and I painted some of his small dinosaur figurines and random objects he’s collected in his toy box. One year I even used the finger puppets Alex and I made for Nova to adorn our tree. This is such a fun and creative way to bond as a family and teach our children about upcycling.
- Take photos with a Polaroid to send to family and friends afar along with a handmade or store-bought card. Nova has enjoyed taking a mix of silly and sweet shots and choosing who we send which one too.
- Talk about family members and share photos and stories to keep your kids connected to them if they live far. Even though you won’t be together physically your child can form a relationship based on the stories and photos you share. You can even write a letter or card to them and let them know you are thinking of them this season. Why not hop on a video chat with them? Regardless of whether or not you have kids, it’s important to let those you love know you’re thinking of them. The Holiday’s bring up so many emotions for a lot of us and you never know how your thoughtfulness might help lift spirits, bring comfort, or heal someone’s heart.
- Tell yourself and again if you have them your kid(s) what you’re grateful for everyday. Especially around the Holiday’s so there is value in the small yet magnificent everyday gifts of life.
- Make your own gifts from homemade edible treats to body butter, oil blends, art, handmade ornaments, and more these are sure to touch the hearts of those in the spirit of the season. You can watch my youtube videos on d.i.y. gifting inspo.
- Enjoy seasonal activities and outings from Holiday parties to themed movies and books, to sledding on sand dunes, ice skating, making a gingerbread house and for those who love them don’t forget the Holiday tunes! If you’re feeling extra festive organize a group to sing your favorite songs throughout the neighborhood. The kids will surely love singing in the streets and be witnessing the adults enjoy themselves too!
- If you are a parent to an only child who happens to love doing things with other kids, gather his/her friends to help decorate the tree together.
- Take a family trip to celebrate the Season, or escape it. If you’re just not into the festivities and you have the budget it might be a great time to explore somewhere new or dear to your heart. Last year my family and I were in the mood for tropical weather, connecting with nature, and slowing down so we opted to spend the Holidays on the beaches in Costa Rica.
- Above all honor what will serve you and those you love the most this Season. Don’t be afraid to do things differently from the status quo. There are just as many ways to celebrate the season as there is Santa Claus’s. 😉
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Is there a practice or tradition unique to you this Season?
Joyous Holidays To All,
Here’s a bit more Holiday Inspo. that helps make this season all the more meaningful! Enjoy these greatly inspiring reads:
Also, I stumbled across this brilliant idea regarding Santa Claus on Facebook yesterday and will surely be adopting it in our family!