21 Free Things to Do During the Holidays


Bella the Dog at a table loaded with a Thanksgiving feast

As the holiday frenzy unfolds, it's all too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of consumerism and the pressures of the season. Amidst the bustle and commercial noise, there lies an inviting path to reclaim the essence of this time: a chance to unwind, recenter, and rediscover the simple joys of life. In the midst of the holiday rush, it's crucial to find solace in the little moments of peace and serenity. Fortunately, our list gives you 21 ideas for things for you to try that don't demand a splurge. From the mental focus of challenging games, to captivating movies that evoke reflection, to the immersive solace found in a poem, and the opportunity to acquire new skills - the holidays can be a time to slow down and connect with yourself and others, without the need for excessive spending or the weight of expectations.

Learn a new game

Plan for some “me time”

Engage in conversation

  • Take a walk around the block and say hello to a neighbor
  • Ask an elder about their childhood 
  • Find a young child and ask them “why?” several dozen times

Improve your skills

Read some poetry

Poetry about food and words: 

Watch a free documentary

A few documentaries that make you think: 


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