It’s a jolly holiday with the family. What are you going to do to make it memorable? You might spend a lot of time with your family as it is, so maybe you’re not super keen on spending a whole week with them in close quarters in another city, but maybe you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum and you only get to see your family but once a year.
A holiday, or a vacation, as people in America would call it, is a time to enjoy with those you love. To make the most of it, no matter what your feelings might be on spending time with the fam, include these activities:
Art is a community experience. People make are for the sake of making art, even if it’s never seen, but the reality of the matter is that art is supposed to be enjoyed as a collective. A troupe of actors doesn’t take the time to rehearse a play or musical if they’re not expecting and wishing for an audience. The same goes for all visual artists alike.
Art evokes emotions and tells a story. When you’re on vacation with your family, take the time to enjoy the arts together. Go to a play, go to a concert, go to an art gallery. When you’re able to view and discuss art together, you’ll find that you’re not only drawn closer as a family, you’ve also gained insight on different viewpoints of life.
Food is quite an interesting topic to touch on. Food has been the activity of choice to enjoy together for centuries. It goes straight back to biblical times. Breaking bread together is a communal thing that is called making the covenant of salt. The meaning itself is multifaceted, but basically means that you’re committing to never break your bond with the people you eat with.
That makes a meal around the table a big deal. It’s obviously lost some of it’s meaning in modern times, but the idea is the same. When you eat together, you build bonds. And you can strengthen that bond when you work together to arrange the meal. You could choose, say, a fishing charter Smith Mountain Lake (if that’s where you’re headed) to take your family on, enjoy the activity and relish your catch together afterwards. The activity you choose teaches you to work together and that makes the reward all the better. What’s better than eating food foreign to you with the ones you love? Very little, it’s safe to say.
What is vacation without a little – or a lot of rest and relaxation. Vacations can tend to be busy and often even more exhausting than the work week. That’s fine, if you’re enjoying what you’re doing, but don’t let the list of things that need to be done and seen get in the way of you and your family getting rest.
Make the time to hit the beach together. Sit on the couch and watch a movie. Whatever you do, don’t forget to breathe and take it all in. Holiday is meant for enjoying life for all it is. Family, craziness, and laziness included.