If you follow my blog (or my Twitter & Facebook especially), you’ll know I’m a little bit odd. I find humor in most things and like life best when it’s interesting. Holidays are the same way: we have some odd traditions and off-beat things we do both with my family and Rob’s family. Nothing too strange, but these are some of the things that I look forward to the most and look back on fondly.
As adults I think we struggle with fun. The kids don’t need to be told to have fun, but sometimes adults DO. There is this unspoken idea that silliness or playfulness equals immaturity. Not true! You can be a mature, wise adult and still have a great time. Here are some ideas to help you have a less stuffy holiday. These may be great for kids and the whole family, but these are also great for hanging out after the kids are asleep. Let your hair down! But maybe, um, keep your shirt ON.
Quirky Holiday Ideas
Take a Goofy Family Photo
We all know that it can be tough to get that perfect picture, right? Rather than aiming for a perfect picture, take a silly one. Whether it’s simple silly faces or more elaborate themes (like some family friends whose photos you can see below), try something that will make you laugh and hopefully not stress you out. This family at our church has a different theme every year, whether that’s Zoolander or making themselves into a human Christmas tree. I love it!
Have a Food Fight
My family didn’t mean to start this tradition, but we can’t seem to get out of Thanksgiving or Christmas without a whipped cream or marshmallow fight. It just…happens. I will say that running around the house chasing your brother with whipped cream while your parents yell for you to stop is JUST as satisfying as an adult. Take my word for it. Buy an extra bag of marshmallows or a few cans of whipped cream. Or just go straight up silly string if you don’t want to waste the food.
Play a Silly Family Game
There are some amazingly silly and fun games you can play with your family. I love these especially if we get a chance to play them with Rob’s siblings. The game of Things is a personal favorite, but a good old fashioned game of Apples to Apples (or Sour Apples to Apples!) is a great way to get some laughs. Maybe poker. Or hit up a local Bingo hall. Games are a great way to get everyone involved and get people laughing!
Sing at the Top of Your Lungs
Go caroling. Sing in the car. I don’t care if it’s Christmas carols or Beyonce, just belt it out. Go see Christmas lights and sing way too loudly in the car. It’s a weird release and may take convincing for some people. But there is something cathartic about belting out a song. It lightens the soul. Even when tone deaf people sing. (Because they don’t know. They’re tone deaf, silly.)
Give the Gift of Weird
Have a gift exchange with things people find in their house. Then give a prize for the “best” gift, whatever “best” means to people. This is something that we do with Rob’s staff and it ALWAYS results in laughs. And usually in someone getting a dog house for Christmas. Add in the game of greed (where you draw numbers to pick gifts and can steal) for an even more enjoyable exchange.
Plan an Active Family Outing
Go go-carting. Or paint-balling. Or run a race. Play tag or hide and seek. Create a scavenger hunt. Go to a local rink and lace up a pair of skates. Anything that gets the heart rate up and endorphins coursing will do.
Start a Non-Holiday-Related Holiday Tradition
We used to go to dinner and a movie every New Years Even as a family. It wasn’t the normal New Years, but we loved it! Make a tradition of doing something as a family, even if it has nothing to do with the holiday at hand. Just GATHER. Rob and his brothers (and now the older nephews and nieces) often play ultimate frisbee whenever there is any holiday gathering. My brother and I used to rent Super Mario Kart every Thanksgiving from Blockbuster and play each other all weekend in our pajamas Create your own tradition that you can look forward to and enjoy every year!
Do you have any good ideas or family traditions to infuse quirky fun into the holidays?