during the holiday season we are surrounded by unhealthy choices: egg nog, Christmas cookies, lazy days, alcohol, football watching marathons, overeating, and more. it is difficult to make healthy decisions during the holidays, but it is doable. one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during this special time of the year (which i personally believe one SHOULD do in moderation), but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy traditions. one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine, is cutting down our family Christmas tree.
i was fortunate to have been raised in an area that has mountains and trees galore. as kids, we were taught to value our natural surroundings. instead of driving to the local grocery store parking lot to pick out our tree every year, we always headed to the mountains. this has become one of my favorite healthy holiday traditions.
depending on the amount of snow we have each year, we may decide to snow shoe in to find our perfect tree, or we may decide to throw on our boots and gators.
either way we always get a good work out climbing those slopes, we get our sweat on, and we have a great time.
i love this holiday tradition so much, that even in years when scheduling doesn’t work with the whole family, my husband and i find time to go with our family of four.
which is currently made up of he, i, and our two sweet pups. the pups love this family tradition, just as much as the rest of us do.
the final product is even more special when you have the gratification of knowing EXACTLY where your tree came from; as well as happy, adventurous memories to accompany it.
now that we have the next generation watching us and learning about life, it is even more important that we teach them about healthy holiday traditions, family, and being outside. with them our annual tree hunt also entails lessons on nature, endless laughter, and a LOT of snowballs.
developing healthy holiday traditions is not only good for your body, but also good for your soul.
i will be outlining a few other traditions in the remaining weeks of december that i highly suggest. should you decide to borrow this tradition and make it your own, you will not regret it.
every state has different laws governing Christmas tree hunting that can easily be looked up on the National Forest Service website in your area. for other local Idahoans, check out this site that outlines the details. it is easy peasy, it is actually MORE affordable than buying a tree from a local grocer (a permit only costs $10), it is fun, it keeps you active, and it is guaranteed to enhance your holiday season.
happy holidays, friends.