You’ve just spent 10 hours of your life cooking, you’ve hung the decorations, you’ve eaten your inner child’s worth of pie and now you’re feeling the communal call of the wild that every person feels after being couped up with family for a long weekend; I NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE.
So what do we turn to on these long holiday weekends when we just want to get some fresh air and run as fast as we can away from anything that exudes that “holiday essence” of joy? Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
I have worked in museums in some capacity for the past 8 years of my life and there’s one thing I can tell you; we are open. Museums, especially state-funded museums are usually opened immediately after the holiday because that is the time when everyone wants to share their local community with their visiting families. It’s a great place to take children after a weekend of an indoor existence, with an educational twist.
2. Out to Dinner
What is more enjoyable than going out to eat after a long weekend of preparing food for other people? Going out to dinner and making a day or night of it is always a great way to kick back and say to yourself, “I don’t have to cook this.” Still feeling the psychological effects? Do yourself a favor; check out the wine list.
3. Outdoor Flea Markets
Although the holiday season takes a bite out of our wallets (sometimes it takes the whole wallet), it’s still a great time to go to an outdoor flea market or other outdoor events. Getting a breath of fresh air and just walking around looking at cool stuff is a way to destress and take it all in. This is also the time where Holiday Shop Pop-Ups are winding down and you may find yourself something that’s at a discounted rate.
4. A Nature Walk
So granted, central North Carolina is not known for its fantastical blizzards, so if you live an area where it snows regularly and it isn’t pleasant to be outside, this may not be the adventure for you. But, if you do live in a place where being outdoors during the holiday season isn’t a stressor in itself then going on a hike or a nature walk is a pleasant way to get yourself out of the house and onto some trails!
5. Romantic Times
The holidays can be a plague for romance, especially when you have the family over. Between scrambling to make food, be a great host, and ducking political debates, it’s hard to even see your significant other. They say pumpkin is an aphrodisiac, but we all know it’s going to take a lot more than pie to get you unhooked from the cousins that flew in from the West Coast to see you.
After the holidays is the best time to reconnect with your significant other by spending time together. Whether it be snuggling up on the couch with a glass of wine and a movie marathon, or going out to dinner to celebrate the survival of your first holiday with in-laws, this time is needed to unwind and spend time celebrating the holiday with your loved one.
So eat, drink and don’t-be-merry this end of holiday season, because you deserve a little time to relax!