For Advanced Practice Providers, holidays mean shopping, cooking, and decorating, plus dealing with an unpredictable shift schedule. Don’t let stress get in the way of having a great time with friends and family!
Our list of five easy, inexpensive, and fun activities are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. The best part? These celebrations won’t blow your budget, add to your stress level, or make it hard to fit into that great party dress.
1. Get Together and Get Crafty
Set a meet-up time at your neighborhood thrift store. After you and your friends have each found a silly sweater, swing by the dollar store or craft store to get your glitzy and tacky accessories. Finish your evening at home surrounded by snacks, beverages, and glue guns. It’s anyone’s guess who will ultimately walk away with the prize for the “world’s ugliest Christmas sweater.”
If tacky holiday attire isn’t your thing, class it up with a handmade card party. Invite each of your friends to bring stationary supplies, stencils, stickers, and metallic Sharpies. Pick up plain cards and matching envelopes at an office supply store and get ready for a delightful evening in.
2. Binge Watch the Christmas Classics
Unwind with a cozy movie night surrounded by your closest friends. Everyone has a favorite holiday movie, so take a vote before you load up your Netflix queue. Here are a just few ideas to get you started:
- Fun for all ages: Home Alone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Oldies but goodies: Holiday Inn and It’s a Wonderful Life
- Naughty but nice: Scrooged and Bad Santa
- Hopeless romantics: Love Actually and The Holiday
3. Go on a Shopping Scavenger Hunt
Need help finding a gift for that impossible person on your gift list? Everyone struggles with this, so why not get a little help from your friends? Write down a detailed description of that friend or relative who “has everything,” set a dollar limit, and head to the mall. Take a chance and trade your shopping list. You might just be surprised at what your secret shopper will find for you.
4. Light Up the Night
The holiday light displays at your local park or zoo aren’t just for kids. Bundle up and head out as a group to enjoy the atmosphere together. Save money with venues that charge by the car full. Just make sure your friend with the van or SUV is the designated driver. Add a cup of cheer when you stop by an independent local coffee shop or café for coffee on the way.
5. Spread Cheer in the Community
As a nurse, you already have a heart for helping others. Share that spirit by involving your friends in a charitable activity. Opportunities abound, like participating in a coat drive, volunteering at a local food bank, bringing poinsettias to a retirement home, or baking treats for first responders. If you do it together with those you love, you’ll build bonds and memories that will keep you warm all year.
Making the Moments Count this Holiday Season
Whatever you do, we hope you’ll enjoy special moments with the people in your life who matter most. And, we hope you’ll find time to give yourself a little love, even as you work so hard to care for others.
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