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Have Fun this Holiday Season

Maybe you’re not flying to see your family, celebrating the holidays with the people you otherwise would, or taking that big vacation. This year’s holidays will look different from other years, but they can still be fun. Below are some simple and free ways to have fun this holiday season, whether you’re working or off.  

Do things five-year-old’s think are fun. They’re fun for adults too.

  • Is your city’s Zoo lit up for the holidays? Bring hot chocolate and go. Ride the train and the carousel if they have one, yes, even without kids.
  • Are your city’s botanic gardens or other gardens lit up?
  • Is your downtown lit up?
  • Are there drive-through light shows?
  • Drive or walk and see your neighbor’s lights.
  • Decorate cookies and gingerbread houses. Seriously, it’s fun! If you email me, I’ll send you photos of our masterpieces. If you have kids, give up what the gingerbread house is ‘supposed to look like’ and let the kids do their thing (this is challenging for me).

Moving on to day-to-day happiness, when is the last time you did things you enjoy? Keep it simple and cheap. Here are a few from my life:

  • Listen to music
  • Go out for ice cream
  • Ride my bike
  • Go to the mountains or some other beautiful spot
  • Read a book

Call people you haven’t talked to in a while. Yes, call. Texting isn’t the same.

  • Past coworkers
  • Friends from high school, college, and graduate school
  • Cousins and siblings
  • Neighbors
  • Out-of-town friends
  • Local friends

If you’re working over the holidays, below are a few ways to take care of yourself during the workday:

  • Walk around your neighborhood or house for a short break
  • Listen to music
  • Eat breakfast or lunch instead of skipping a meal
  • Text a friend when you have down time
  • Walk outside to take a break
  • Five minutes of yoga

Lastly, what’s a bad habit you can stop doing, for one day. Don’t over commit. Mine are below:

  • Surfing Facebook and the internet at night
  • Eating whatever my kid doesn’t finish
  • Eating the remaining Halloween candy when my kid isn’t looking
  • Texting when I should be working or sleeping
  • Checking my phone (way more than necessary)

There are lots of ways to have fun this holiday season – from seeing lights, to reconnecting with old friends, to taking care of ourselves and stopping a bad habit, just for one day.

We wish you and your family a warm wrap-up to 2020 and a very different 2021. Happy Holidays from all of us at Candid Culture.


Shari Harley is the founder and President of Candid Culture, a Denver-based training firm that is bringing candor back to the workplace, making it easier to give feedback at work. Shari is the author of the business communication book How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationships that Really Work. She is a keynote speaker at conferences and does training throughout the U.S. Learn more about Shari Harley and Candid Culture’s training programs at

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One Response to “Have Fun this Holiday Season”

  1. Pam Butler says:

    Thanks, I needed that!

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