While yes, eating is a major (and beloved) sport on Christmas Day, there might be other fun and healthy holiday activities that you will want to partake in as well. This will not only help make time spent with your families that much more fun and exciting, but it might even keep you from grabbing seconds or thirds. Take a look at this list for some great ideas to fill up your time.
1. Outdoor Activities
If you’re one of the luckier ones and your wish for a “white Christmas” was granted, then take the fun outdoors. Perhaps some no-fuss sledding or hitting the slopes is in order. It’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones while staying active. Too much action for you? Snow-shoeing is another great option. If you don’t have any snow lying around, you can also take a walk after dinner. It may even aid in digestion!
2. Healthy Holiday Baking
It goes without saying that even healthy cookies can be delicious cookies. Why not score the boards of Pinterest in search for some healthy holiday dessert recipes and get to baking. It can also be made into a group activity perfect for both adults and kids alike. Get a little creative and add in a few extra ingredients or swap things out and you might even find that you love what you have come up with.
3. Get Charitable
Another great holiday tradition on Christmas day may be to get involved with charities and volunteer. There are only pros to this as you will be staying active, spending time with others, and doing something that will help the community. A great option would be volunteering at your local soup kitchen.
4. Play Games
This might be a no-brainer and totally cheesy, but if ever there was a time to play board games and do things that the Brady punch would partake in, it would definitely be to the tune of Mariah Carey singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in the background. Whether it’s a game of LIFE, Scrabble or Bananagrams (our personal favorite), it will surely bring everyone closer together.
5. Watch Holiday Movies
While it may not be particularly active, watching holiday movies is a must and a great way to get the family to gather round. Need some ideas for what to watch and nosh on? Take a look at our features here.
6. Get Crafty
What’s always fun (especially if you have kids or you know kids will be in attendance) is pulling out the arts & crafts. Plus, it makes for a great excuse to get out the photo album and get scrapbooking. All you need are some pictures, writing/coloring utensils, an assortment of scissors, and adhesive.