As the leaves change colors and the weather starts turning colder, we can breathe in the crisp, chilled air and smell the beginning of the holiday season. Especially for our children, gearing up for the holidays is a special time of year. They look forward to feasting on a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner and opening all of their new presents on Christmas morning. As adults, we look forward to New Years celebrations at the end of the old and the beginning of the new season.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year for parents and their children alike to spend quality time with friends and family. However, it is important to keep health and safety in perspective during these fun times.
Too often, the fun of the holidays is dampened by poor health, bad moods, and preventable accidents during the holiday season.
Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Holiday
The family is sitting down to the fantastical feast that is Thanksgiving dinner. For many of us, this is one of the few days every year where it is perfectly okay for our eyes to be larger than our stomach. Unfortunately for many adults and children alike Thanksgiving is just the start of the annual holiday weight gain, which is a six week period linked to over half of all annual weight increases for most Americans.
For both our and our children’s long-term health, it is important to keep weight loss and healthy eating at the forefront of our minds during the holidays. Take tips from some of the healthiest states in the nation, which collectively have lower populations of sedentary people than heavier states. One way to do this is to stay active during the cold weather, for example participate in cold weather fun runs or indoor athletic activities.
Giving Back during Christmas
As Christmas rolls around children are usually beyond excited to pull out their gifts from under the tree or to see what Santa brought them. A growing number of people are concerned that Christmas has become a commercial holiday that promotes selfishness and consumerism. They claim the holiday has fled far from its roots centered upon spending time with family and being thankful for the things we do have.
One powerful way to help children understand the importance of Christmas is to help someone less fortunate than you have a happier and healthier holiday. Ways to do this involve donating food and clothing during annual drives, helping out at soup kitchens, or even adopting a family for the holiday.
Having your children participate in these events can help them see the true meaning of the holiday, and may help them to appreciate more the gifts that they are lucky enough to have under the tree.
New Years Safety
The tradition of celebrating on New Years Eve is a very adult activity. Unfortunately, the massive amounts of alcohol consumed on that evening don’t just impact adults. As adults drive home after the party is over, on Jan. 1, more accidents happen than any other day of the year. Even when mom and dad get home safely, if they’ve had too much to drink the night before, they’re in no mood to start the year with a family day of fun.
The holiday season is the best time of the year for spending time together and growing closer as a family. As you and your family are preparing for another holiday season remember to have a safe, happy and healthy holiday. Take precautions where they are necessary, keep your health in mind, consider giving back where you can, don’t drink and drive and remember to your kids, this is an unrepeatable time of year.