The Holiday Checklist
Let’s face it; the December holidays can be as stressful as they are wonderful. When dealing with the seemingly endless tasks for preparing for the big celebrations, it can be helpful to have a list. And to that end, consider this list of traditional holiday events and some helpful tips on crossing the item off the list.1. Take a holiday photograph
The ugly sweaters can be optional, although if you live in a warm-to-hot climate, just assume you’ll be forced to wear one for the photo. It’s tradition.2. Put Up Lights And Decorations
Aside from obeying the unwritten commandant that states “Thou Shalt Not Steal Power From Thy Neighbor To Make The Silent Night Lit,” there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules about lights during the holidays. Themes don’t even need to be observed, so feel free to mix and match. Put those multi-lights next to the white ones. Wrap the blue lights around the mail box and the red lights around the garbage cans. Go nuts.
And maybe give the inflatable lawn ornaments a chance. Yes, they’re big and noisy, but nothing brings out the inner Clark Griswold like an opulent front yard holiday extravaganza. Just be careful on the roof.3. Blare The Holiday Songs
We can’t list them here, mostly because just saying the title will get the tune stuck in your head until at least January 2. But you know the ones, the songs everyone claims to be annoyed by but secretly can’t wait to hear.4. Watch That Holiday Movie
Different format, same dilemma. Speak not the name of the movie/special in question, lest it appear on the screen and refuse to leave until December 26. And it will, because like popular music, every station keeps playing the same movies over and over.5. Volunteer
No joke for this one. The holidays present a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community by helping others. Donating funds will never be discouraged, but to the full effect of the holiday spirit, find an organization that needs help on the ground. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or meal service, or work with an established organization on food and gift drives. Or if your schedule won’t allow it, do something kind for your neighbor.6. Indulge A Little
There’s an old adage that any food or sweets consumed while in motion automatically lose their calories. While it’s unfortunately not true, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a little during the holidays. Better yet, don’t wait for the new year to start a health kick; get outside and be a little more active during December and you’ll have earned the right to have more than one hot chocolate.
Remember, activity burns calories. Calories have to be replaced for better health. So be active and eat healthy.7. Relax By The Fireplace
Unless you live in Florida, in which case just go outside.8. Go Ice Skating
You can do this in Florida, but only at an indoor ice rink. On the other hand, you can go water skiing dressed as Santa, so that’s fun.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!