Warming up to the holidays

The Village at Briarcliff

warming up to the holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Friends are posting shopping day countdowns on Facebook. And is it too early to peg down a babysitter for New Year’s Eve?

It’s a lot to take in – and no surprise that many of us are slow to get into the holiday spirit. However, there are fun, rewarding ways to ease into the holidays and enjoy the season.

See a show. Sometimes, the right movie can completely change your state of mind. If you’re having trouble feeling Thanksgiving, revisit the classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Or, see the underrated “Pieces of April.” If Christmas is your concern, check out “Elf” or “Scrooged.” And there’s always the classic “The Bishop’s Wife,” starring Cary Grant.

Move. No, not to another city. Get some exercise. Whether you stretch out in a yoga class, get in a sweaty workout, or do some serious mall walking, getting the blood flowing will give you more energy. And if you want to really get in the spirit, try ice skating. Several arenas are now open around the metro. Ice skating feels special, and it will give you a refreshed, rosy glow.

Raise your temperature. The simple act of putting on a cozy sweater or savoring a hot drink can make you feel calm and nurtured. A little self-care can go a long way, especially during this hectic time of year. Don a favorite scarf, or treat yourself to a decadent coffee. We’re big fans of the limited-time baked maple pumpkin latte at Kaldi’s Coffee.

Volunteer. Working to make someone else’s holiday special can make your spirits soar. Many organizations, like Operation Breakthrough, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Community LINC, need gifts for the families they serve. Food banks like Harvesters always need donations and assistance. Find a way to help others, and get your family involved, too. When you give, you often get back even more.

No matter how you ring in the holiday season, be kind to yourself. That effortless holiday fun can be a lot of work. Take care of yourself, and have a relaxed holiday season.

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