Holidays more meaningful

10 Ways To Make Your Holiday More Meaningful

Live in the Moment This Holiday Season!

What does living in the moment really mean?  Taking it all in and being present can seem like an unreachable goal when you are stressed to the max and it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Sometimes all it takes is not losing sight of the simple things that can make the holiday season more meaningful.


Relax during the Holidays

Focus on taking time to relax and stop burning the candle at both ends. Decide to put down the phone for a while and ignore those emails. This will allow you to spend some quality time with family and friends, which will help you feel more energized and connected to the moment at hand.

Catch a Flick!

Watch a Holiday Movie with Family

Watching movies can provide some time to unwind and lift your mood. Whether it’s a traditional holiday movie on television or an outing to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster, just forgetting about your to-do list for a couple of hours can give you that much-needed boost.

Philanthropy is a Feel Great Experience

Volunteer This Christmas
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We tend to think of helping others more during the holidays—and volunteering with the family at the local food bank or donating money or clothing unites us with a common purpose. This serves to feed our soul and make us happy.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Holiday Baking

Preparing and sharing food with others is a joyful and bonding experience. Great conversations and spontaneous laughter are effortless while enjoying good food together. Who cares if the kitchen is messy?


Holiday Decor

Decorating will give your home a festive flare for the season and it’s also a fun family activity. Bonus: Getting the family involved means less work for you and it tends to put everyone in a good mood.

Tis the Season of Giving

Holiday Giving

Giving is always better than receiving and looking forward to doing something special for people we love is such a joyous part of the holidays. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make that gift special. A gift certificate to do something together such as a spa day or a restaurant outing is always perfect.

Carpe Diem and Get Outside!

Holiday Sporting Activities

Participating in winter activities such as skiing, skating or tobogganing can be so uplifting. Getting a bit more exercise can be as easy a simple neighbourhood walk. Don’t forget to take some photos that will capture those beautiful moments to enjoy for a lifetime.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Cutting Down Christmas Tree

Be creative and start some new traditions such as cutting down your own tree or making some ornaments with the family. They will never forget this time spent with them and neither will you.

Take a Staycation!

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With the kids out of school, you might want to get away somewhere to have a change of pace. You don’t have to leave the city for an extended length of time. Often a day trip is all that is needed to recharge those batteries.

Keep Calm, Take the High Road

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Make a conscious effort to be the bigger person and let things go when it comes to interpersonal relationships. Putting hard feelings aside and trying to forgive can be challenging but a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders. Family will always be family.

Jennifer Valentyne is a TV and radio personality who co-hosts Q107’s Derringer in the Morning radio show. Valentyne also hosts the Bachelorette Canada Live After Show on W Network.


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Jennifer Valentyne

Jennifer Valentyne

Jennifer talks about looking and feeling your best at every age. Not competing with younger woman but just being the best you you can be. Feeling good about the outside and feeling good on the inside. It’s about confidence and knowing who you are. Live in the moment is her motto in life and relishing […]

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