New Traditions

28 Nov

Yes, it is holiday time.  It has individual or singular meaning to each and every person.  Is it time for crazy family get togethers?  Favorite foods?  Family politics in play?  Long drive to Aunt Gladys’ house?  Holidays mean different things to everyone, but no matter what, it evokes nostalgia.  Holidays of the past.  Traditions.  But I think everyone has holiday food traditions.

Traditional holiday food, for some, may be tied to religion or faith.  For others, it may mean sticking to what grannie made.  For me, it seems to be a mix of things.  I certainly have some expectations of getting together with family, friends and neighbors.  I also expect to have certain foods and treats around.  But does overeating and rich calorie laden foods have to do us in during our special holiday celebrations?  Absolutely not!

Start a new tradition!  Incorporate increased activity into your holiday plans!  There are a couple of ways to accomplish this new tradition.  Get creative.  Consider the ages of the folks getting together.  There are ways to every one into the fun.

Family football on Thanksgiving morning!

Have a family football game.  Go to a neighborhood park or some ones back yard.  Put everyone on a team, get some brief rules in order, and let the fun begin!  Get the grandparents a seat on the side lines and some pom poms to cheer the game on!

SCORE! And the football crowd goes wild!

Organize a family or a neighborhood Turkey Trot.  It doesn’t have to be far.  Getting together and walking/running anywhere from a few blocks to a mile or two is a blast!  Set up a little healthy snack and water stop at the turn.

Take a family walk after the big meal.  It is a wonderful time to continue the happy chatter that began at the meal.  That will keep the food moving through your system too.  It is a healthy and energizing way to end a meal, and perhaps a nice break before the desserts come out!

Have a night time bon fire.  It is such a blast to have every one gathered around a fire, the chill of the evening on your back and the heat from the fire warming the

My dad by the back yard bonfire. Drink in one hand, marshmallow in the other! Gotta love it!

front!  Grab some flashlights and let the kids have a rousing game of flashlight tag to work off that big meal!

There are so many ways to add activity to your holiday and keep your body moving!  So start a new tradition.  Add some physical activity to your holiday plans.  If your family is like mine, it will become the most talked about and cherished part of the holidays!

One Response to “New Traditions”

  1. shirley Klingele November 28, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    Another great adventure in words, thoughts, love, and family gatherings. well done again, Ms Amy, you do us proud. we loved the thanksgiving fun with so many super nice people and family….. You have one lovely home and a great group of family members, all getting along and enjoying the fun, and of course your great cooking! we love and appreciate you. thanks! love from mom and dad 🙂 another beautifully written blog

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