Guide to Surviving the Holiday Break: Santa, Bring Me Something to Do!

Ah, Christmas break. That wonderful two weeks of no school, holiday treats, and unlimited free time, or as we millennials call it, me time. During these two weeks, Santa makes his famous, annual trip around the world. His elves, dressed as Amazon drivers, help him get a jumpstart delivering presents.

The holidays are different for everyone, and we know that for a lot of people it brings grief, loneliness, and anxiety. For others, you look forward to time as a family, traditions and making memories. Whether this time of year is filled with all of you and Oprah’s favorite things, or if you are just counting down till New Years, the Respect Team is here to help you navigate it all. The next few weeks, we’ll discuss practical tips, like finding fun (and cheap) things to do, and how to give gifts when you’re broke. We’ll also be diving deeper into issues like feasting without shame, dealing with loss, and setting healthy boundaries and expectations to make the most of this holiday season.

Santa please just bring me something to do this year.

One of the main reasons the holidays are tricky in the Midwest, is because it can feel like there is either nothing to do or nowhere to go if you need to escape. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of activities for everyone. For the person needing alone time, your group of friends, and something for the whole family.


  • Christmas movie marathon
  • Present wrapping party. Invite some friends over, make a Target run for some wrapping supplies, and get creative with your gifts. Purchase wrapping paper for as cheap as $2.50.
  • Game night. Sometimes it's easy to run out of things to talk about, and games create a space for connection while avoiding small talk or uncomfortable conversations. See some of our favorite games below.
  • Get on their level
    • Students teach your parents something new. Invite them into something you love. Show them some of your favorite influencers on Tik Tok, go for a run, or bake your favorite treat.
    • Parents' helpful tip. This is not an opportunity for you to coach or teach your teen. Simply listen and learn more about who they are. If they ask for help, great, but if not, just let them take the lead.
  • Bundle up for a hike. We have some incredible trails here in the Fort.  
  • Free Yoga Class. Baptiste Yoga in downtown Fort Wayne offers a free yoga class on Friday nights.
  • Workout for FREEFitOn is an amazing fitness app that has all kinds of workouts for every fitness level. Cardio, HITT, strength, yoga, mediation & more!
  • Send Christmas cards out to your friends or family members. Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail? It's a really inexpensive way to spread some love this holiday season. Walmart has great deals on bulk Christmas cards for under $5.00!
  • Send a meal to a friend or family using Waiter on the Way. With Covid still impacting our community, this is a safe yet impactful way you can support a friend. Send them something from their favorite restaurant, or a WOTW gift card. Plus, you’ll be supporting a local business in the process.
  • Holidays in the Fort - Fort Wayne does an incredible job hosting a variety of fun Christmas events all December long. See the full calendar list here.

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WRITTEN BY Kinsey Eix (she/her/hers)