It’s a holiday and everyone’s out of town having fun and you’re stuck at home. At least that’s how it may feel if you have no plans and the kids are home for the day complaining about being bored. Even if you’re single, holidays alone can be boring and lonely. There are ways to nurture yourself and enjoy the holiday without leaving your home. A good way to begin is with a family breakfast remembering the brave men and women who have given their lives to keep our country safe. After all, there would be no holiday without their sacrifices.
If the weather’s bad, stay inside and enjoy the day off at home:
- Read a good book you’ve been putting off, and if the kids are home, structure a reading circle where everyone is reading.
- Get to work on the paint project you’ve put off.
- Rent funny videos and have a movie day and laugh your heart out. Kids will enjoy it as well, especially if you have popcorn and let them each pick out one movie.
- Work on a family puzzle. Listen to the kids and gain insights into their lives you may have been too busy to notice before.
- Organize a family dinner and let each person, no matter how small, contribute. Inviting friends adds a festive tone and makes the whole event more fun.
- Shut off the electronics and get out the board games. Kids love it when parents play games with them. Everyone can play Chutes and Ladders.
- Make ice cream with only two ingredients: whipping cream and condensed milk.
Let each child make their own ice cream sundae with the toppings of their choice.
If the weather is good and you can venture outside, here are activities that will make everyone happy:
- Which friends have you been too busy to enjoy? Have a spontaneous picnic and reminisce about old times. If you have kids, let them enjoy the outdoors at a nearby park.
- Explore your city as if you were in a new city. Google places to go, and try new coffee shops as well as neighborhoods you’ve never seen before.
- Go to an arboretum or park and take a long walk. Exercise makes everyone feel better.
- Get into the selfie craze and take family pictures. It’s fun for kids and you’ll have new photos to post on Facebook.
It’s not where you go or what you do that’s most important for a wonderful holiday, but rather the feeling you get after spending a day engaged and enjoying the people you love most.