Aren’t holiday breaks amazing? An extended weekend during Thanksgiving? A wonderfully long break at Christmas? We look forward to these breaks with anticipation, ready to escape from our crazy world of business and take some time to relax. I know when Thanksgiving and Christmas break roll around, I find myself thinking of all kinds of things I can do for me. Spend time on me. Make me, enjoy this special time by doing what I want.
Now don’t get me wrong! You should use Holiday breaks to refresh yourself and do some fun stuff for yourself, but do you fall into that habit of using all the special time on yourself? I know I have.
Insert holiday scenario –
Has this ever happened to you?
A fresh blanket of snow has fallen, coating the earth in its sparkly whiteness. You have just wrapped yourself up in an outrageously soft blanket and you’re now sipping away at a creamy hot chocolate. You close your eyes, leaning back against your plump white bed pillows. You bask in the glow of a much needed holiday break. Pulling your computer on to your lap, your fingers touch the keys. You have all the time in the world it seems to write, blog, or do whatever. This time is your time!
Footsteps thumping down the stairs. Your bedroom door bursts open, knocking the flower wreath and the ‘writing, do not disturb’ sign down.
“Sis!” An excited voice chirps. “Can you pleeeeease come play with me? The snow perfect for making snowballs and sledding.”
Irritated, you snap your computer lid shut, the moment broken. Deep down, you know you shouldn’t be angry. You have the entire rest of the day, including the evening to do something for yourself. That doesn’t seem to matter to your mind now.
“I don’t have time!”
“You’re just sitting here.” The younger sibling says, pointing out the obvious.
You pull your blanket tighter around you, hoping to disappear. “Go find someone else to play with you.”
“I want you to play with me! Come on, the snow is perfect!”
Alright, I know the scenario is somewhat fanciful but has it ever happened to you? Have you sat down to do something for yourself and a sibling has burst into your room begging you to play with them? It has happened to me.
While taking time for yourself isn’t wrong, are you taking time for others? Holiday breaks are one of the best times to show your love for others. While still taking time for you, the quick tips below will encourage you to think of ways to bring a smile to someone else’s face during holiday breaks.
- Write letters to friends or family. You don’t have to write pages and pages but just a quick note to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Make the letter personal by decorating it or writing something encouraging on the envelope.
- Make hot beverages and snacks for your entire family. When everyone is gathered in the living room after a long day, offer to make hot chocolate, tea, or something else to help everyone relax.
- Doing something kind for a sibling. Take them someplace to get a treat or write a note of encouragement. You could also take time to do something with them like play outside, watch their favorite video with them, or include them in something you’re doing.
- Offer to do the holiday dishes. There is nothing more encouraging to a mother than having one of her children clean up the kitchen after a huge meal.
- Call your grandparents. Let them know you care.
- If it is around Christmas, take time buying your gifts. Think about the individuals who will receive them. Make it special and unique to those people.
- Spend extra time wrapping your gifts. Use scraps of fabric, ribbon, buttons, glue, and kosher salt to make your presents a thing of beauty. (I will be doing a post on gift wrapping closer to Christmas.)
- Spend time in prayer for your family and friends. Each day, pray for someone different.
- Sing Christmas Carols with your family.
- Take time to reflect on the birth of Christ!
I hope this post gave you some ideas on how to spend your upcoming holiday breaks. Of course, the ideas don’t stop here! Think of some of your own too. 🙂