In recognition of the importance of the family, some provinces in Canada have made the 3rd Monday of February in each year a public holiday. This is not a federally established holiday and there are some variations to the dates chosen depending on province. Family Day was created to give people time to spend with their families and encourage positive family togetherness.
Family is Important
The family unit, whether talking the nuclear family (smaller family unit with adult(s) and child(ren) or the larger extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents), is very important for a number of reasons and should be nurtured to be a healthy structure with values conducive to physical and mental well being. Knowing you have a supportive family network is encouraging and can lower stress levels. Taking the time to focus on family and promote healthy positive relationships within that family unit is positive for the individual, family and then subsequently, the community.
What To Do
Common Family Day activities include skating, snowboarding/skiing, watching movies, playing board games, crafting, attending winter festivals, tobogganing or going to art centers and museums. Your community newspapers will always list a number of events happening on Family Day in your city or town to give you ideas and help plan your day with family.
You Know Your Family Best
Having a discussion prior to the day of what everyone would like to do together is a great idea. Take everyone’s thoughts and opinions into consideration and let everyone know you are making this time together a priority. Even if you don’t get the day off work you can plan to do an activity that evening or schedule another day that will work best for your family.
Pick an activity that will be fun for everyone to do together whether staying in the home or venturing out somewhere. You might want to include other families in your neighbourhood to join in on your planned activity. One family I know is planning a tobogganing event on Eventastic and is inviting relatives and other families to join in. Their event page displays all the details of their proposed special day, many fun photos from times past, a registration link and even a donation link to the cause that is near and dear to their heart.
Just Have Fun
Be creative. Relax. Let your hair down. Have fun with your family. It’s why it was created.
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