It’s no secret that the holidays are always a busy time: office parties, catching up with friends, shopping… In the midst of all this controlled chaos, it’s easy to forget what the holidays are really about; taking advantage of much needed quality time with loved ones.
We’ve prepared a list of fun activities that will take the guess work out of making plans. Whether you prefer being out-and-about or staying cozy in the comfort of your own home, we have something for everyone…and for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw your way.
When temperatures drop, our first instinct is to stay in, even though we know that going outside to get some fresh air has so many benefits for our health—mind & body. Opt for winter sports that appeal to all age groups, the little ones and the not so little ones. Why not give skating, sliding, snowshoeing or skiing a try. You are guaranteed to feel completely revived, eyes twinkling with rosy red cheeks.
Holiday markets have become more and more popular over the years, a concept inspired by the traditional European Christmas markets. A crackling fire surrounded by different kiosks—small cabins decorated with Christmas lights—food, local artwork & fun activities for all. If you’re lucky, you may even have the chance to taste mulled wine, a warm Scandinavian drink—a mix of red wine and spices, cardamom, cinnamon et nutmeg—while kids enjoy the sweet taste of hot chocolate. Are you feeling warm & fuzzy yet?
Arts & culture
Whether your kids love dinosaurs, puppets, or fairy tales, there is an activity out there that is sure to capture their attention. Check out museum, library or theatre schedules to find what they have in store for the holiday break. Once you start doing research, you might be surprised by the wide variety of activities offered in your area.
If you prefer to stay out of the hustle and bustle, choose to stay in for a night, huddled up in the family room, electronics turned off, playing a good ol’ fashioned board game. But, if you had something a little more relaxing in mind, take over the coffee table with a winter themed puzzle everyone can help with. Both great opportunities to channel that carefree inner child you’ve so neatly tucked away. Laughter is not only the best medicine; it’s also the best way to strengthen a family bonds.
Family baking time
There is nothing better than the smell of baked goods filling the air. Why not encourage your kids to use their creativity by letting them decorate their own cookies or take it one step further and let them build their very own gingerbread house.
Whatever you choose to do this holiday season, what is most important is recharging your batteries, spending time with loved ones & building great memories that will last a lifetime.
Adapted from French by Jonelle Larouche