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Creating a mindful holiday season: Top tips for families

In Features, Mind Health, Stories by Nicole Fuge

Embrace a mindful holiday season with our fun, easy tips! Discover how to enjoy stress-free, meaningful family time and create lasting holiday memories.

By Anneka Rose

The holiday season, with its whirlwind of activities, can often leave families feeling more frazzled than festive. But, what if this year could be different? What if we could turn the holiday season into a time of genuine joy and meaningful connections? Here’s how to create a mindful holiday season that your family will cherish.


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Embrace Gratitude

Begin each day of the holiday season by sharing something you’re grateful for. This could be as simple as a sunny day, a favourite holiday treat, or time spent with loved ones. Encourage your children to do the same. This daily practice of gratitude can set a positive tone for the day and shift focus from receiving gifts to appreciating the simple joys in life.

Quality Time Over Quantity

In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to get caught up in the “doing” rather than the “being.” Plan for quality time with your family that isn’t centred around shopping or holiday chores. This could be as simple as a family walk, a movie night with homemade popcorn, or a craft afternoon making homemade decorations. The goal is to be fully present and engaged with each other, creating memories that last a lifetime.

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Simplify Traditions

Sometimes, traditions can become more of a burden than a joy, especially if they require a lot of time and energy. It’s okay to simplify or even skip certain traditions if they no longer serve your family’s needs. Choose a few meaningful traditions to keep, and be open to creating new ones that align more with your desire for a mindful holiday.

Give Back

One of the most powerful ways to create a mindful holiday is to give back to the community. Involve your family in choosing a charity or a cause to support. This could be through donating, volunteering, or participating in community events. Not only does this teach children the value of helping others, but it also provides a sense of purpose and connection during the holiday season.

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Unplug and Unwind

In our digital age, it’s increasingly important to consciously unplug, especially during family time. Designate tech-free zones or times, allowing your family to disconnect from screens and connect with each other. This could be during meals, while decorating the house, or when engaging in holiday activities.

Mindful Gifting

Rethink the way you do gifts. Instead of a focus on quantity, think about gifts that are meaningful and perhaps even experiential. These could be tickets to a show, a family cooking class, or a handmade gift. Encourage your children to think of gifts they can make or experiences they can share, rather than just items to buy.

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Reflect and Look Forward

As the year winds down, take time as a family to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the new year. This can be a beautiful way to acknowledge growth, overcome challenges, and express hopes and dreams for the future.

In creating a mindful holiday season, the emphasis shifts from doing more to being more — more present, more connected, and more attuned to the joys that make the holiday season truly special. Here’s to a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and moments of genuine connection!

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