Six suggestions for dads as we seek to be intentional over the holiday break

By Mike Rothwell, Board Member/Director of Community Partners for Father’s Club

‘Tis the season of holiday cheer!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Father's ClubNo matter how you celebrate the holidays each year, we often find ourselves rushed, stressed, and overwhelmed as we try to make the holiday season one we will never forget. We seek to make our lives look perfect, our houses light up the sky and our trees are decorated to the nines. And while many look forward to the twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the sweet aroma of holiday treats, dads often find themselves in the role of Chief Holiday Chaos Coordinators.

This year, let’s celebrate the unsung heroes of the season – the dads who make the holidays extra special for their families and friends. Let us not forget that the Father’s Club exists to help dads be intentional with their kids, other dads and within their community. There is no better time of year for dads to relax, recharge, and truly savor the joy of the season and be intentional with the ones they love.

So here are six suggestions for Dads as we seek to be intentional over the holiday break.

The Gift of Time:

Dads, amidst the chaos of holiday preparations, remember that the greatest gift you can give is your time. Set aside moments to engage in activities that bring joy to both you and your family. Whether it’s building a gingerbread house, decorating the tree together, or watching classic holiday movies, these shared experiences create lasting memories.

Tech-Free Traditions:

In a world dominated by screens, consider establishing tech-free zones during holiday gatherings. Encourage everyone, including yourself, to put away phones and devices for a designated period of time. This allows for more meaningful connections and conversations, fostering a warm and intimate atmosphere that defines the true spirit of the holidays.

Dad’s Winter Wonderland:

Create your own winter wonderland right at home. String up some lights, play festive tunes, and embrace the warmth of the season. Consider starting a family tradition of doing a puzzle, having a game night, going on a luminary walk, or even setting up a hot cocoa station for everyone to enjoy.

Gourmet Dad:

Take your culinary skills to the next level by experimenting with festive recipes. Whether you’re a grilling guru or a baking aficionado, involve the whole family in creating a holiday feast. Don your apron, turn up the holiday tunes, and make the kitchen a place of joy and creativity.

Outdoor Adventures:

Embrace the winter weather with outdoor activities. Whether it’s sledding, ice skating, or a winter hike, getting outside provides an opportunity to enjoy nature and create memorable experiences. Don’t forget to capture these moments with a family photo to cherish for years to come.

Dad’s Downtime:

While it’s essential to be involved in the hustle and bustle of the season, carve out moments for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee in solitude, recharging your batteries ensures you’re at your best for your family.

Be Present

Dads, as you navigate the holiday season, remember that your presence is the best present you can offer. Life is full of chaos and brokenness. Christmas is a time to remember that the brokenness has been restored. Our hope is that you will find a bit of peace in the midst of the chaos. You have what it takes to make this holiday season truly special for both you and your loved ones.

Here’s to a joyous and memorable Christmas season filled with love, laughter, and the warmth of family.

With resolve, humility, and love,
The Father’s Club


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