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Holiday Traditions that Burn Some Calories

family life fun habits holidays inspiration Nov 26, 2014

My family walks several miles to watch the lighting on the Plaza every year. My husband and I started doing this when we first knew each other as teenagers. Now, we include our kids and grandkids. Crowds gather and it's a community tradition with spontaneous Christmas carols and lots of happy faces.

How about you? Any active traditions associated with the holidays?

We walk around the neighborhood at Christmas time with a scavenger list of things to find like wreathes, angels, penguin, Mrs. Claus etc. As my children have grown, we still do this together as adults. It's a nice way to reconnect with good memories.

I actually took a group of adult triathletes down to the plaza last year to play a version of this game. First, of course, we were running not walking. I put each of the items we were looking for on sticky notes all over their backs and anyone could find one and pull it off. Mostly we found everything as we ran along. But a few were harder to find so we decided to look inside a likely store.

We ran into a Barnes and Noble bookstore and three of us exclaimed,a guard!! It's a wonder he didn't think we'd come to rob the place. We found some of the harder items on book covers and the game came to an end.

Holidays are definitely about food but it's a fun idea to also incorporate some active and fun games. Your kids will remember and maybe even pass it down to their kids.

Have fun with your holidays!

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Pamela Davenport


For decades I have helped countless parents and their children overcome significant obstacles. My unique accomplishments in the fields of child development, health, and fitness have given me an unparalleled perspective and expertise that I would love to share with you.

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