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Don't Forget Family Fun at the Holidays


It’s easy to get caught up in the wave of consumerism during the holidays. We can become so outwardly-focused that, before we even know it’s happening, our own family gets pushed farther and farther down our "To Do" List. It doesn’t have to happen that way. With a few purposeful choices, you can shift your attention back to quality time with your own family.

Here are some ideas to help bring your family closer together and shift attention to the relationships that are most important to you. Make this holiday season your family’s best one ever.

Give back. Volunteer as a family at least one day during the holidays. There are social service agencies in your hometown that need your help. Maybe your family can establish an ongoing relationship with one of the agencies, and continue your service after the holidays are over. Reach out to an organization that can help you “adopt” a family that cannot afford gifts or a festive meal. Get everyone in your home involved in making the holiday happen for someone else.

Get the kids in on the giving.

Take your kids shopping for gifts to donate to Toys for Tots or another program that gets them to children in need.

Plan non-food centered activities. How about some time outside? Take everyone skiing, ice skating, or for a hike in the snowy woods.

Go screen-free. Set a clear expectation that phones are not allowed at the family dinner table, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Keep your phones and other devices off for one full hour a day to enjoy face-to-face time with your family.

I wish all the best to you and yours this Holiday season. Enjoy!


Kristin Pomeroy ©2018 The Vibrant Living Project