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Inspired Living

25 Days of Cheer (Day 20)

Sarah Stanley

Today's cheer is brought to you by Ann Brennan of The Annapolis Patch. What's Project Cheer all about? Glad you asked! Here, read this!

Cheer #20) Run, don't eat!

Family Dash through the Snow

With Christmas fast approaching, everything in my life feels like it is moving at double speed. I feel like a top that begins spinning even as I set my foot on the floor each morning and spins faster and faster until I fall back into bed at the end of the night.

For most of December, our weekend schedule has consisted of going from one party or social event to the next. This has meant most of week nights are spent doing homework, Christmas shopping or putting finishing touches on the Christmas decorations. Though we enjoy spending time with friends and family and even enjoy the decorating and baking that come along with the season, we, as a family have decided it is time for a change of pace.

Instead of hosting a dressy party fueled with tables full of food and wine, we have decided to host something a little homier and more health oriented. This year we are arranging our own Dash through the Lights. We are inviting a handful of family and friends to join us for an evening of running through our neighborhood. We will meet at our house and go over the map of the main loop through our neighborhood, and once we are sure the bulk of our neighbors have returned to their homes and turned on their Christmas lights, we will set out with children and strollers in tow. We will slowly jog through our neighborhood, ohhing and ahhing over Christmas displays throughout the neighborhood and enjoying a bit of exercise at the same time.

After spending a night in the crisp December air we will welcome our fellow runners and walkers in for hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows in front of the fire. It is a low key and healthy way to enjoy time with family and friends, get some fresh air and appreciate our neighbors’ decorating efforts. It is our hope that our Dash through the Snow becomes a tradition for our family and other neighbors as well.

Ann is a mom of four, a runner, cyclist and a writer. She can be found on Twitter @BrennanAnnie & of course her website!

Family Dash through the Snow
With Christmas fast approaching, everything in my life feels like it is moving at double
speed. I feel like a top that begins spinning even as I set my foot on the floor each
morning and spins faster and faster until I fall back into bed at the end of the night.
For most of December our weekend schedule has consisted of going from one party or
social event to the next. This has meant most of week nights are spent doing homework,
Christmas shopping or putting finishing touches on the Christmas decorations. Though
we enjoy spending time with friends and family and even enjoy the decorating and
baking that come along with the season, we, as a family have decided it is time for a
change of pace.
Instead of hosting a dressy party fueled with tables full of food and wine, we have
decided to host something a little homier and more health oriented. This year we are
arranging our own Dash through the Lights. We are inviting a handful of family and
friends to join us for an evening of running through our neighborhood. We will meet
at our house and go over the map of the main loop through our neighborhood, and once
we are sure the bulk of our neighbors have returned to their homes and turned on their
Christmas lights, we will set out with children and strollers in tow. We will slowly jog
through our neighborhood, ohhing and ahhing over Christmas displays throughout the
neighborhood and enjoying a bit of exercise at the same time.
After spending a night in the crisp December air we will welcome our fellow runners and
walkers in for hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows in front of the fire. It is a low key
and healthy way to enjoy time with family and friends, get some fresh air and appreciate
our neighbors’ decorating efforts. It is our hope that our Dash through the Snow
becomes a tradition for our family and other neighbors as well.