Does your family yearn for something new to do when a holiday rolls around? Are you tired of buying into the “buying” mentality that seems to accompany holidays in the U.S.?
Today’s Idea Machine focus is on ways to create new family memories on days when you want to spend time doing something fun without, as Claudia Altucher puts it, “following the herd.”
I decided to emphasize St. Patrick’s Day but these ideas work for any day and pretty much any time of the year.
1. Make a family breakfast and spend the day looking around the neighborhood or in parks to see which plants are turning green.
If it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, focus on the colors associated with the holiday your celebrating. Take some photos of the colors and then spend the evening making a digital collage of the colors.
2. Make smoothies out of green shoots and leaves. Experiment with recipes and then publish them on Pinterest. Have a contest to see which ones get the most shares in 24 hours.
3. If you run a farm, community garden or juice bar you could host a “green shoots and leaves” day and offer discounts to kids to help them learn to love their leafy greens.
4. Take advantage of sales on cabbage and other spring produce to learn how to make your own lacto-fermented cabbage (a/k/a/ sauerkraut.) It’s super-easy and a great way to introduce probiotics into your diet. Lacto-fermentation is a great way to teach your kids about science, chemistry, food and nutrition!
5. If you’re a solo like me, take a jog or walk around the neighborhood and just enjoy the natural world that’s emerging in springtime.
6. Take the day off work and spend 3 hours in deep work on a business idea that will generate greenbacks for you. This is an inspiring way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
If you’re a family you could brainstorm and start a project to make money to take a special out-of-town vacation.
7. Spend the day cleaning storage boxes, closets and drawers for items you can donate to charity or a rummage sale. Reward everyone with a special dinner out equal to the value of the items you’re donating.
8. Organize a 3-hour meetup with others to clean up a park, empty lot or school playground. Or just help an elderly person. Then move the meet-up crew to a coffee shop, Irish pub to reward yourself for a job well done!
9. Take your kids to the grocery store and buy 10 different green vegetables and spend some time in the kitchen experimenting with different ways to prepare these healthy foods.
10. Plant flowers, radishes or a flower pot of spinach or kale if it’s springtime. If it’s fall, plant some bulbs. You can use this time to teach kids about seeds, germination and how things grow
What are YOUR ideas for celebrating holidays? I’d love to hear from you.
This is Day 45 of the Idea Machine project. I’m blogging my way through Claudia Altucher’s book, Become an Idea Machine. Find out more here.