'Tis the season for hot chocolate, popcorn, fuzzy blankets, best friends and a classic movie or two. It's also the season to gain weight from all the goodies everywhere and get depressed from shopahaulism and impossible expectations.
Here are some fun things to do that are either healthy, laughter-filled, or make a difference. I didn't think of even one of these. I do them because they make Christmas meaningful and slimmer:
1. Get your top most fun-loving peeps together. Assign each person a line in the 12 Days of Christmas to act out. It's. Hilarious. This is so fun it's become a yearly tradition in my digs.
2. Go carolling, even if your voice is terrible. Seriously. People are lonely. Try a home for the elderly or an orphanage. Call ahead to be sure they are prepared for you. We do this a lot. I've never been sorry afterwards.
If this is too emotional, you can always dress nice and go door to door. Lots of people try to donate even when you're just singing, so make a group plan to donate whatever the proceeds to a local charity.
It may not sound like a party, but it is just a different kind. Plus it's such a Christmas-y thing to do.
3. Make a gingerbread house with a kit. Take a picture. Then, tear the gingerbread house to shreds! Nobody panic. It's a healthy expression of violence, right? It's only 10 bucks and available at most grocery stores.
4. Go to a Christmas ball or dance. Pick your style. If you don't have a style, go to a dance with a lesson first.
5. Stir up a little Christmas cheer at home. Bake sugar cookies with people you love, decorate, and give the best ones to your neighbours. Or the second best ones.
6. Go to Christmas in the Park.
7. Read The Night Before Christmas and Luke 2 by candlelight. If you have kids, have them act out the parts. They love it.
8. Go ice skating or on a Christmas hike bring everyone who's willing to go. Flash Mob Hike.
9. Go to a Sing-a-long of Handel's Messiah. Wait for that evil last rest. Wait for your friends to blast into the silence. Laugh through the last note.
Hope you enjoy this holiday season. More, I hope you feel fit and satisfied that you made a difference for someone else this Christmas.