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Keeping Our Families Close This Holiday Season

Tis the season for festivities and family gatherings. These gatherings are intended to be heartfelt, fun and special time. However, sometimes they can also be a stressful time. Let’s take care of our families and ourselves this year and make this holiday season one to remember. This year may have been difficult, but that is exactly why it is important to support each other by spending time together. 

Some of us may think the holidays are a good time to work more. Perhaps you believe working during the holidays will provide with extra income before the New Year. While income is important, spending time with family is equally, if not more important. Why you may ask? It is because spending time with family gives you a chance to create stronger bonds with your relatives. Spending time also allows you to show and receive affection, which is important for our mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Another reason spending time is crucial is because you can teach your children valuable lessons and get to know each other more intimately.

The question a lot of families have is, how can we spend time during the holidays? To start, try turning off your phones. Technology can be great way to connect people, but it can also be the source of distance. Spending time with family needs to be intimate; you can’t be intimate if you are distracted by notifications on your phone.  Schedule a game night or a movie night with your family that is free of unnecessary distractions. The experience will be a lot more enjoyable when you put away your phones.

Another great way to spend time with family during the holidays is making a holiday tradition. If you didn’t have a family tradition growing up or didn’t care for the ones you had, this is your chance to build those heart-warming rituals in your own household. Family traditions don’t have to be grand activities. They can be as simple as binge watching your favourite television shows, or going on a drive to see the holiday decorations on Christmas Eve. You can pick something the entire family will enjoy. If your kids are into technology, how about making a holiday greeting video together to send to relatives and friends? Or even creating greeting cards.

The last tip for how to spend time with the family is staying active. A family that exercises together, stays healthy together. If you’ve already made time to have dinner with your kids, why not spend another 30-45 minutes going on a walk with them after dinner? Let’s face it, children absolutely love being outdoors. Why not go tobogganing together or you can go ice-skating at the local rink. Another activity could be building a family of snowmen or making snow angels.  These activities are good because the kids enjoy them but it will be great exercise for the entire family.