Winter Break Things to do in Middle Tennessee

Winter Break Things to do in Middle Tennessee

Nashville area friends, school is out for winter break, and many of us have vacation and holiday time off for work. The days just seem to get a little bit longer and longer once the Christmas presents are opened and cabin fever sets in. We’re having a relatively mild winter (so far!) and there is always something to do with kids, both little ones as well as tweens and teens!

Depending on how much time you have off for work, map out a few winter break bucket list items and schedule them before Christmas. That way you’ll have a plan! And if you don’t get to all of them, you’ll have ideas for the next holiday break.

15 Fun Winter Break Activities in Middle Tennessee

  • Spend the day at Adventure Science Center downtown.
  • Head to a Nashville Predators home game at Bridgestone Arena.
  • Speaking of ice skating, Centennial Sportsplex or the Ford Ice Center both offer open skate times. Or visit the temporary outdoor rink at Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville (click here for more information and to buy tickets).
  • If skating on ice isn’t your thing, try old school roller skating. The Brentwood Skate Center is hosting a New Year’s Eve skate session from noon to 5 and a nighttime skate party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (They are closed New Year’s Day and then reopen with special holiday hours January 2-4.)
  • Hosting friends or family from out of town? Consider a tour of classic Nashville! Some ideas include the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, the Johnny Cash Museum or Musician’s Hall of Fame. Eat lunch or dinner at a Nashville classic like Brown’s Diner, The Loveless or Swett’s.
  • Tour a historic home. The Middle Tennessee area has a multitude of historic homes and many will still be decorated for the holiday season until New Year’s Day. Here’s just a few suggestions : The Hermitage, Rock Castle, Traveller’s Rest and Belle Meade Plantation.
  • Admission to The Frist Center is FREE for kids  Plan a visit with 2 adults and tag team. One adult can take the kids to the Martin Artquest Gallery upstairs while the other enjoys the art exhibits.
  • Go bowling! Older teens will enjoy lunch and bowling at Pinewood Social downtown or King’s Dining & Entertainment at Cool Springs Mall. For a more authentic bowling alley experience, try Franklin Family Entertainment.
  • Encourage your kids to bounce off the walls, literally! There are several inflatable bounce centers and trampoline parks in the Nashville area: Sky High Sports, Bounce U!, Pump it Up, Hoppity Hop, Monkey Joe’s, Above All, Jumpstreet, and two new ones, Altitude Trampoline Park and Urban Air Adventure Park.
  • Plan a day of volunteering. Hands on Nashville has lots of opportunities for families with teens age 16 and older. Cheekwood, for example, needs workers for their Holiday Lights event.
  • Speaking of teenagers, a day climbing at an indoor climbing facility is a great way to get out and active! All ages can climb at the East location but it’s 13 and up only at the West location. The Crag in Franklin and The Ascent in Murfreesboro are two other great options.
  • Unplug and go for a hike. Middle Tennessee’s warmer December and January days are perfect for a trip to Radnor Lake or hiking at Edwin Warner Park.
  • Get artsy at Fired Up! or Brushfire Pottery or try a paint and party facility like River Art Studio in Bellevue.
  • Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like Christmas lights. This year’s newest attraction is the Franktown Festival of Lights – Load up the family in the car and head out to Williamson County’s only drive-thru light display featuring a mile of holiday lights. Admission benefits nonprofit Franktown which aids underserved youth. On display now through December 29. (And you can save on Groupon.)
  • Test your family’s skills and strengths with an attempt at the Nashville Escape Game (Berry Hill or Downtown locations).

Enjoy making memories with friends and family this winter break!

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Holiday Survival Tips

Holiday Survival Tips

The holidays can be joyous, but they can also be stressful. With so much pressure to buy and give the perfect gift, attend holiday parties and other functions and stay on top of your normal routine, such as work and school, it’s no wonder we all get a little stressed. Just know you are not alone!

In fact consumer health information website Healthline conducted a recent survey which revealed that 62 percent of respondents described their stress level as “very or somewhat” elevated during the holidays, while only 10 percent reported no stress during the season. The respondents listed several stressors including the financial demands of the season, negotiating the interpersonal dynamics of family and struggling to maintain personal health habits such as an exercise and fitness routine.

Shopping alone can be a stress-filled occasion, giving new meaning to the expression “shop til you drop!” According to a 2016 survey by eBay, your heart rate may increase as much as 33 percent while you’re out looking for holiday gifts, which is the physiological equivalent to running a marathon!

Stress and depression can place a damper on your holidays, not to mention harmful your health. The key is to plan ahead, say no and ask for help, according to the Mayo Clinic. Here are a few tips they share for keeping stress at bay during what is supposed to be the “happiest time of the year.”

    Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

    Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

    Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.

    Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend and stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness!

    Try these alternatives:

       Donate to a charity in someone’s name.

       Give homemade gifts.

       Start a family gift exchange with a limit on spending.

    Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list.

    Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

    Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become an excuse to overeat and overindulge. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

       Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.

       Get plenty of sleep.

       Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

    Take a breather. Make time for self care. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. Go for a walk, listen to relaxing music, visit your local library and browse your favorite section or recent magazines or book a massage.

    Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Don’t let the holidays become a season you dread. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can stop putting pressure on yourself and enjoy the holidays with your friends and loved ones!

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7 Areas to Declutter Before the Holidays

7 Areas to Declutter Before the Holidays

The holidays are nearly here! As you begin to decorate for Christmas and start “winter nesting,” it’s a great time to take stock of what you have and declutter in preparation for the new year. You may also have more guests at your home during the holiday break, making it the ideal motivator to declutter.

Here are a few areas to target while decluttering before the holidays. As you find likely declutter candidates in these areas, ask yourself:

  • Do we use this item?
  • Is the item broken?
  • If I packed this item away, would I miss it?
  1. Toys and Games

If you have kids, toys definitely contribute to household clutter. One great way to to declutter toys is to ask your kids to go through them and make a donate pile for charity. It’s also an excellent opportunity to teach them about being charitable.

You should also discard anything broken or with pieces missing. Declutter toys that aren’t being played with anymore. Don’t forget to look through outside toys like bikes, scooters and sports equipment which might even give you an idea of potential Christmas gifts if an item needs to be replaced. And don’t forget, younger children aren’t the only ones with toys! Take time to go through video games, board games, card games, etc.

  1. Holiday Decorations

Christmas is a perfect time to declutter decorations. As you pack away your fall decor, consider purging any items you didn’t set out this year. .As you unpack your Christmas and winter decorations, throw out anything broken (ornaments, lights, etc). When you’re finished decorating, look through any decorations that you chose not to display and consider donating them to charity.

  1. Christmas Cards

Do you feel guilty tossing Christmas cards you’ve received over the years? Consider scanning the favorites and making a photo book and then recycling the rest. Locally here in Middle Tennessee, you can donate greeting cards to the SmART! (Scrap Made Art Supplies) Store located at 2416 Music Valley Drive.

  1. Art Supplies

Speaking of art supplies, if you have kids you most likely have markers, construction paper, paint and other art supplies. Take time to sort through these items and toss any dried-out markers, paint and other items that need to be replacing so that the next time you get crafty or have a school project due, you won’t need to make a last-minute trip to the art supply store!

  1. Serving Dishes & Kitchen Gadgets

The holidays are a popular time for entertaining but no doubt we all end up accumulating duplicate serving pieces that are rarely used. After all, how many gravy boats do you really need? Go through your kitchen and tally the serving dishes and other gadgets that only get used once a year. It’s a great time to donate duplicate items or dishes you never use.

  1. Winter Clothing

Cold weather means breaking out the coats and cold-weather accessories. Go through your gloves, hats and scarves and discard any that are missing a mate or are looking worn. If your kids have outgrown winter boots and coats, consider donating them to charity if they are still in good condition. Sort through your sweaters and donate any that were not worn last year. If you have nicer holiday clothing items and accessories that are rarely worn, consider consigning it or having a “shop your closet” party with friends.

  1. Linens & towels

If you have guests arriving for the holidays it’s a great time to sort through your linen closet. Make sure your extra sheets and towels are in good order and purge any items that are worn or need replacing. Winter white sales are an opportune time to stock up!

Christmas is the perfect time to declutter as you’ll be receiving gifts during the holiday and you’ll most likely have guests over. You may also decide as a family to give more experiential gifts, things like symphony season tickets or zoo memberships, rather than “things.” In any case, take time to declutter now so you’ll start the new year with less stuff (and hopefully less stress!)

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