Tomorrow is an important day for a lot of us. It’s a time where we can get together with family and friends and celebrate all the many things we are thankful for. Rather you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow or are looking forward to an upcoming holiday, I wanted to encourage you to make time to play together. In my family of origin we didn’t do much playing. My folks were a serious bunch and holidays were a little bit sedate. I decided when I had a family I wanted the holidays to be fun.
So in the spirit of having a little fun mixed in with the food, here’s 10 things you can do for fun over the holiday weekend. Notice that some of them are physical in nature! Yes, that is on purpose. Even though you may eat a bit more than normal, it doesn’t mean that you have to sit more than normal!
1. Get out of the house! – Sure it’s fun to sit around and eat, but think about getting out of the house and playing outside.
2. Read a new book! – I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It was very interesting and hard to put down!
3. Workout in a new way. – Bored with your usual walking route? When visiting with friends and family be adventurous and walk somewhere new.
4. Play games together. Our current games of choice are: Chess, CandyLand, Risk, Cards, and Blocks. (Okay, blocks isn’t a game but the 2 year old likes them!)
5. Check out your local paper for ideas. Even if you live in the middle of nowhere like I do, you may be surprised what’s going on right in your area.
6. Make decorations together. Children or not, it’s always fun to plan a craft activity. You’d be surprised how much fun adults have with a glue gun.
7. Arrange to visit a nursing home. For me, visiting with the elderly is stepping outside my comfort zone, but every time I do it I’m always glad.
8. Write a story in the round. One person starts off the story and passes it on to someone else. As the day goes on the story grows. Read it at the end of the day.
9. Watch some old movies. Okay, this isn’t my thing, but my hubby would love it!
10. Sit around and enjoy each other’s company after you’ve had a good workout. This is my very favorite thing to do!
Some of the best memories I have since I’ve been married are holidays. I don’t always remember what food we have, but I always remember the memories we created together. What memories are you going to create this weekend? Diane