Memorable Holidays for Your Family

Oct 29, 2019

I have spent much of my career encouraging businesses in the importance of team culture. Making sure your people feel valued and cared for is so important and should not be overlooked. I firmly believe that. But I also believe there is another culture that is more important: family culture. 

Some of my favorite moments with my family happen around the holidays.

Less work, no school, and fewer interruptions mean total focus on family time. Although it sounds great in theory, many people dread having to entertain their family around the holidays. 

Though celebration is a lot of fun, it can take a lot of work. And let’s face it, it isn’t always easy. But I think that if we take the time to plan these moments, the benefit in spending quality time with family is immeasurable. 

How to Have Fun

Let’s be honest, fun doesn’t always come easy. It takes preparation and proper execution to plan something for the whole family to enjoy. 

At Elevate, we use a tool called the Elevate Your Culture Activity Guide to break down some of the important aspects of business. Fun just so happens to be one of these concepts, and I believe it applies just as much to family as it does in a business environment. 

When you’re planning special holiday moments with your business or family, there are two filters we think through in the Elevate Your Culture curriculum. One is structured fun, the other is unstructured fun. 

The idea of structured fun is centered around a more planned out and scheduled activity. 

Some examples of structured fun might include:

  • Volunteering at a soup kitchen
  • Making holiday treats together
  • Playing a game that everyone can participate in, both adults and kids


While structured fun is more outlined, unstructured fun is usually focused around a scheduled but less planned out activity. The key here is to give your family the chance to socialize and connect with one another in a relaxed setting. Some examples of unstructured fun might include:

  • Going to a Halloween party
  • Looking at Christmas lights
  • Going ice skating


Take Initiative

Both of these categories give families the chance to come together in unique ways. 

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, child, brother, sister, uncle, or aunt, I think there are endless possibilities for fun to be had with your family. If you aren’t happy with how your family has celebrated the holidays in the past, take initiative to change how they do it going forward. 

The most important thing to remember is that you can set the tone. Oftentimes it just takes one person to organize an activity or plan an event that the family will remember for years to come. So don’t second guess yourself and be encouraged by the incredible value you can add to your family members. 

When it comes to enjoying the holidays with family, the possibilities for celebration are endless. Even if it’s just eating a meal together or watching a movie, take some time to establish lasting family traditions and set the tone for a great year.

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