By Jane Marshall
The holidays are a busy time of year. Everyone is running around and going to the malls to buy gifts for friends and family. Do we ever stop to think, though, that the holiday season shouldn’t be so much about gift giving? That it should be about spending time with family and taking advantage of the special events the season has to offer? There are so many great events going on throughout the state of Massachusetts and it would be wonderful for families to get together and experience them! I know I always get so excited to see Sierra’s reactions to new people and places! It’s one of the most rewarding feelings to see her smile.
Here are a few ideas for families to get out and experience the holidays:
Click here for events posted on the Lowell Sun Online.
Here are some more holiday events in Mass.
Another great way to get family traditions started, and quality time, is to volunteer. You can look online to find local soup kitchens, senior centers and other ways to help. A great organization close to my heart is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This event is held at different locations throughout the country, and each Relay needs a planning committee to bring the event live on the date scheduled. I was amazed last year with the young people that got involved in the planning and fundraising with their families. It truly is an awesome experience, so I encourage you to check it out!
Another organization I have been very involved with is Habitat for Humanity. What an amazing experience to give back while learning a few home improvement techniques while you are at it! This is a great way for parents to work with their children who are 16 years of age and over. We have a local chapter in Lowell. Another great event is the TeamWalk for CancerCare by Lowell General Hospital. I was the Honorary Chairperson for TeamWalk 2010, and seeing all the young people and families walking and volunteering their time to make this success was incredible.
Perhaps you would like to start a team in honor of someone? It’s a great way to get the whole family involved.
I hope these ideas inspire you to start some new traditions with your family! There are great memories to make while helping those in need!