The holidays can be a heart-warming time, filled with moments spent with family and other loved ones. While the season can tend to bring on a little stress to go with the festivities, don’t let it interfere with the magical spirit that only the holidays can usher in.

Following old traditions that have been in your family for decades can be fun, like placing a special ornament on top of the tree or pitching in for a special family dinner. But starting new traditions can be just as exciting. Let’s take a look at a few festive ideas to make the season memorable and a little bit healthy, too!

Decorate the House

Decorating can quickly become a favorite holiday tradition, especially when it involves warm cocoa and your favorite holiday playlist set on repeat. Whether it be loading up the family to go search for the perfect Christmas tree or dragging your great-grandmother’s tree down from the attic, there’s just something about climbing a ladder and stringing it with lights and sparkling ornaments. Plus, it’s good exercise, especially when the mirth spreads to the outside of the house and the front yard!

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Get Outside and Play Sports

Many families love to watch the big game on TV around the holidays, but it’s even better to be a part of it! Get your crew together for a friendly game of touch football, or find an ice skating rink. There are plenty of sporting ideas that get you and your loved ones up and moving about after that giant dinner. Even a walk around the block could become a fun, healthy tradition!

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Give to Others

The holidays can be a great time to reach out to your community and help those in need. You can find a soup kitchen that could use extra volunteers to help with some of the meals around the holidays, or you can do something as simple as dropping a few dollars into a collection plate at work. Better yet, get rid of some of the clutter around your house and put together a box of donations.

Experience the Arts

The holidays is a wonderful time to take in a thought-provoking play at the local theater or attend the symphony. Check the events section in your local newspaper, and you will be sure to find a myriad of fun activities that quickly become annual traditions, whether it be going Christmas caroling or taking in the seasonal display at the city art museum.

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Spruce up Healthy Treats

While you might be tempted to overindulge in the Egg Nog and eat your fill of your aunt’s famous peanut butter fudge, remember that there are fun, healthier treats that can be quick and simple to make. Try some gluten-free gingerbread with a low-fat icing in holiday colors or dark chocolate squares topped off with confetti sprinkles.