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10 Traditions to Boost Your Family’s Bond Through the Holidays—and Beyond

‘Tis the season to celebrate family, friends, and the memories we make and cherish together. These 10 touching, fun tradition ideas can make it easier than ever to create moments that matter.

All the (Memory) Trimmings

Each year, add an ornament to your tree that marks a special occasion from the past year—a family vacation, special anniversary, new home (or new hot tub!), etc.

Schedule Story Time

This winter make hunkering down with a good book a family affair. Choose a favorite classic or a newfound treasure and go old-school with story time. Get everyone involved by alternating readers, or assign the most animated of the bunch to bring to life a tale you’ll enjoy—together.  

Get to Giving

During the holiday season of giving, choose a day, week, or all month long to commit your family to random acts of kindness. Some ideas: Keep spare change in the car so you’ll have it hand for those fundraising cans; bring a handful of quarters to the grocery store to pre-pay the prize machines for lucky little recipients-to-be; and have the kids reorganize the pantry and start their own food drive collection bag

Bottle Up Your Joy

Throughout the year, stash mementos like movie tickets, branded napkins from your favorite restaurants, concert wristbands, corks, and more in a large Mason jar (a vase or simple box will also do). Empty it out onto a table on New Year’s Eve to review and relive the fun times shared, and then commit to repeating your “Joy Jar” collection year after year.

Say Cheese!

Pick a day to coordinate grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, pets—and wardrobe colors—for a photo shoot of fun. Set the timer or ask a shutterbug friend to help you create an image everyone can cherish.

Family “First”

On the first of each month, choose something you can do together for the very first time—make sushi, rent and ride a tandem bike, grow an herb garden, paint a collective family masterpiece—the list is endless.

“Dear Self…”

Choose an annual day to set out some stationery and have kids write letters to themselves about various topics: goals, their dream job, favorite activities, funny stories, challenges and hopes, and more. Upon high school graduation, have a read-aloud party to reminisce and reflect.

Movie Marathon 

Schedule a movie night each month, complete with themed flicks and snacks for award-winning family bonding time. Here are some calendar suggestions to start you off: Schedule a RomCom February, a patriotic-perfect July, and a haunting October spook-fest.

Birthday Surprises

Why settle for a routine birthday celebration? Customize your crew’s Happy Birthday tune, or get creative with candles. Here’s one fun idea to count on: Invest in a set of numbered candles, 1 through 10, so you can double- (and triple-) duty them for double-digit celebrations throughout the years. For a loved one’s 18th birthday, for instance, you would use 4 + 6 + 8.

Ditch Day

Following a particularly busy season (holidays, school exams, etc.), schedule an unofficial family day-off—no school, no work, just fun! You can score off-peak tickets to a popular performance, visit a local museum, or just have a PJ day of notable nothingness.

10 Minutes to Total Relaxation

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10 Minutes to Total Relaxation

Stress is a normal part of life, but without regular relief, day-to-day stress can take a toll on our minds and bodies. While there are effective relaxation techniques known to reduce stress, most of us don’t practice them often enough, if at all. When the signs of stress – tight muscles, pain, inability to concentrate – become chronic, taking time to relax is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

One of the benefits of owning a Jacuzzi® hot tub is that you can begin to reverse the negative effects of stress and tension in just 10 minutes a day with hot tub therapy. Getting into a regular routine of relaxation is easier when you have a hot tub in your backyard. The soothing heat, muscle stimulation, and buoyancy you experience with hot tub therapy can increase circulation, diminish joint pain and calm frayed nerves – all in just 10 minutes.

According to an article by the Mayo Clinic staff, “Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms.” The article cites “…increasing blood flow to major muscles” and “reducing muscle tension and chronic pain” as two benefits of relaxation techniques. Reaching out to family and friends is another positive way to cope with stress, according to the Mayo Clinic staff. Your Jacuzzi® hot tub can be the perfect place to spend time with the people who mean the most to you (we all need this type of hot tub therapy!).

With a Jacuzzi® hydromassage, all it takes is 10 minutes a day to help relieve the symptoms of stress. As the Mayo Clinic article says, “What matters is that you try to practice relaxation regularly to reap its benefits.” At-home hot tub therapy combines convenience with effective relaxation, in one stress-reducing solution.

Besides soaking and letting the hot tub jets create a therapeutic experience, you can practice the time-honored techniques involved in reflexology in your hot tub. At night, certain colors of lights in your hot tub can influence your mood in positive ways (chromatherapy). Hot tub aromatherapy, based on stimulating or relaxing scents, can also have beneficial effects.

Learn more about how hydrotherapy works to relax the body and mind, and start your Jacuzzi® hot tub therapy habit with just 10 minutes a day of relaxation.