Thanksgiving dinner. A white Christmas. Fun and festive New Year’s Eve parties. The holidays call for celebration, and one of the biggest reasons to celebrate is you get to spend time with family. Although everyone isn’t able to be with family for the holidays, if you do get the chance, make sure you embrace it fully.
Continue the Traditions
Some people say “traditions are meant to be broken.” Okay, maybe they are…. but what if they’re not? Traditions are often what keep people going. They’re the light at the end of the tunnel. Eating that yummy meal around the fully Spode-decorated table, reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, or waiting at the top of the stairs to see if Santa came – these are all moments people look forward to. It’s exciting to continue those traditions as an adult, and there’s something special about passing the moments and memories on to your children. In this sense, allow yourself to get lost in family traditions because they provide a warm feeling that everything is right in the world.
Make It Extra Special
Just because you’re an adult (or your adult child is coming home for the holidays), it doesn’t mean you have to act like an adult. Enjoy the moments that you remember when you were young. What made it special then is important to making it special now, but feel free to let these moments evolve as you become older. It may be as simple as adding a little something to the traditional hot chocolate or coffee to make it a little more “adulty.” Whatever it is – go for it!
Don’t have any special plans for the day? Purchase new pajamas – perhaps matching ones – and stay in them so you all are comfy all day long. Enjoy time away from work and the craziness of life by snuggling under a blanket on the couch, watching your favorite movie or TV show with your family around you. These little things, although small and seemingly unimportant, might actually turn into the big things that mean the most when you look back on them.
Make these moments with your son, daughter, mom, or dad worth it. There may be a time when you won’t be able to visit for the holidays, so enjoy the experience when you do get the opportunity. Just remember to have fun! It’s okay to have those funny snowman-building competitions even when you’re an adult, or decorate cookies or gingerbread houses and post them on social media for people to vote on. These moments of togetherness are what make a family, and that’s what the holidays are for. Make them count!
Enjoy every second you get, and have a happy and healthy holiday season!
Amanda Daily is a freelance writer