The holidays are full of family traditions. At this time of year I think it's important to embrace the traditions that go beyond food and to consciously try to build traditions that promote good health. Here are the holiday traditions I and my family have that fit the bill...
Playing Board Games
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we are together, my family gathers around the small folding card table in the living room and play games. Our favorite, by far, is Yahtzee. It doesn't sound like much, but it helps everyone unplug, talk, laugh, and doesn't have to involve food or drinks.
Every year for the past several years I have done a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day and/or a Christmas themed run. It's so much fun to get dressed up and enjoy such holiday spirit with so many people of all ages. And the best part is, most of these races are the 5k distance (3.1 miles), so you don't have to be a distance runner to participate!
Post meal walk
Since I can remember, my family has been a walking family. Not only does it serve the same benefits as playing board games, but it also gets everyone moving. Try going for a walk between dinner and dessert or starting your morning off with a big family walk.
This might sound like a silly one, but my family appreciates RELAXING over the holidays. So if you stayed up too late chatting or from the excitement of the next day or because you went to a midnight service, naps the next day are encouraged. Holidays should not be a time where you're running low on sleep!
What are your healthy holiday traditions? Share in the comments!
Want to start some of these healthy family traditions? Share this post with your family and see if you can agree on where to start!
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