“A goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupr
Meaningful Holidays: 5 goals and plans
One: Be Grateful
Purchase journals for your family, or better yet make your own, together. You can use a 3-hole punch and string, or opt for a harder option: www.instructables.com/id/Bind-Your-Own-Journal/
Chose a specific day of the week that works for everyone, and have the whole family write one thing that they are grateful for. By next year, you will have a whole book full of appreciations ☺
Two: Spend more time than money with your family.
Plan: The best thing to spend on your children is time. Focus on the memories, not the material objects. Go on a hike, watch a sunset, wake up for the sunrise, go ice-skating, bake cookies. You can even combine gifts with experiences, and get baking sheets for a family bakeoff, or ice-skates so you can go ice-skating all the time!
Three: Play more board and card games as a family.
Plan: Buy games for holiday presents and choose one night a week or month for family game night. If you set a routine of Sundays after dinner even as children get older there is always time for at least a 10 minute game of gin rummy. You’ll be surprised at how much fun a quick game can be for the whole family, regardless of age.
Four: Think of others.
Plan: For every new toy or clothing item you receive, try to give away an old toy or clothing item, or do something in the community to help make the world a better place. Spread smiles and love.
Five: Sing and dance more
Plan: Let loose and have a dance party. Sing at the top of your lungs. Dress up in crazy holiday attire—have fun! Whether you play guitar or blast music or take out the camp songbook pick an hour a month to gather around a sing and dance together. Choose the holidays to implement this ritual, but try to do often (once you do it once you’ll understand why).
These five things can be so much more than just goals, they can become you. You have the power to be grateful even when you’ve had a rough week. You have the power to create activities your family will remember forever. You have the power to get the family together and bust out the old board games. You have the power to make someone smile every day. You have the power to sing and dance your way through life. So go for it, be yourself, and make the world smile ☺