A lot of focus during the holiday season is on the meal, particularly for Thanksgiving. It’s a time to eat and prepare special foods and often, to indulge. This holiday season, in addition to those favorite dishes, encourage your friends and loved ones to find meaningful holiday traditions that will add a different level of “fullness” to your holiday feast.
It might be as simple as having a dish or two that the group participates in preparing, or adding a reading, intention-setting, prayer, or other ritual to the beginning of the meal. Many families have favorite movies to watch during the holidays, but why not take a moonlit walk or hike in the woods for a Christmas tree? Creating time for reflection and connection can cultivate lasting memories, and traditions that carry on to the next generation.
People are hungry for meaningful traditions, so don’t be afraid to light the spark with a suggestion for a new activity or focus. Try adding one new thing this year, and see what ‘sticks’ for next year. Here are a few more ideas for stuffing your next holiday gathering with meaningful traditions.
From all of us at The Peak, Happy Thanksgiving!
Audra Bergman, Worksite Wellness Specialist, CWWPM,
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200
Peak Health & Wellness Center