The holiday season is just around the corner. So, how do you plan to spend your spare time?
Some warmer parts in the U.S. do not require stricter changes to regular activities during the winter. In colder regions, that is not so. If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, chances are you will spend most of your holiday vacation indoors.
While that time of the year is filled with joy and happiness, it can turn out to be outright boring. Here are a few activities you can pursue to get the most out of your holidays.
The holidays are a perfect time for self-care. Therefore, treat yourself to a little pampering.
Light some candles and take time for a long, relaxing bath.
Do not wait for someone else to buy you flowers. Buy them for yourself.
Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
Work on your physical and mental wellbeing.
In other words, do what makes you happy.
Read by the Fire
The winter holidays are an ideal time to cozy up with a good book. For starters, find a perfect spot for reading. Whether it is your bedroom or a park, choose a place that relaxes you.
Here is a brief list of top-rated books in 2021 you will not be able to put down:
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
- Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Visit New Places
Have you ever considered traveling during the winter holidays? That is a perfect opportunity to experience something new and understand how different nations celebrate Christmas.
If you want to visit storybook European Christmas markets, then Vienna is your most obvious choice. The Viennese Christmas Market and the holiday tree at Rathausplatz sparkle with the holiday spirit.
If you want to combine your passion for sport and vacationing, Scottsdale is a perfect place for you. For example, if you are an ardent golfer, you can book golf vacation packages. During holidays, you can play golf at world-class courts and stay at luxurious condos at a discount price.
Finally, Tokyo turns into a fairytale story by delivering truly sensational experiences with colorful lights and decoration.
Learn Something New
Have you ever wanted to learn something new but did not have enough time? The winter holidays are a perfect time of the year for gaining new skills and experiences.
For example, take some time to improve your professional skills. Remember, learning does not end once you earn a degree. With the rise of the internet, you can find countless useful resources online. So, why not book a webinar or a course on Udemy? Work on your soft skills and communication. Find a podcast to learn from industry experts and stay on top of trends.
Or, learn a new hobby or activity. No matter if it is painting, cooking, or playing guitar, you have numerous hobbies to choose from. So, be creative and pick the activities you are passionate about.
Holidays are all about generosity and giving, so consider volunteering in your community. That is a perfect opportunity to spend your Christmas creatively and, above all, help those in need.
If you are not sure where to start with volunteering, the opportunities are multiple. Here are a few examples that may inspire you:
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
- Motivate your kids to give back during holidays. Pack a shoebox with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and donate it to the children in developing countries.
- Participate in the toy drive. Choose a toy for a kid in need and deposit it at a Toys for Tors location.
- Donate funds or gift cards to the local families in need.
- Donate clothing for newborns at your local hospital.
- Talk to your kid’s teacher and ask if there is someone who might be struggling financially. Collaborate with school officials to anonymously offer financial help to the family.
For more ideas, consult your local volunteering center or nonprofits. Always connect with the organizations focused on the values and issues you care about.
Over to You
There are numerous ways to spend your winter holidays creatively. Treat yourself, find new hobbies, and visit new places. Most importantly, take time to volunteer and help the community. While that is not a comprehensive list of holiday activities, it may serve as your solid starting point!
Please tell us, how do you spend your holidays? We are looking forward to hearing from you!