Outside on the street, the holiday vibe gently silenced everything as if the morning were covered in a dense but soft, fluffy blanket. There’s something unique about how quiet it is outside on holiday mornings like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love being outside everyday, but especially on those holiday mornings when there’s no traffic, and everybody’s at home relaxing. If the world doesn’t stop, it at least slows down quite a bit and reminds us of what’s really important; time with family, and time to just be.

Those outdoor holiday mornings feel so good because they also serve to remind us that humans are meant to be outside. Not just when it’s warm and nice, but every day. Throughout history, mankind built shelters to protect itself from the elements, but the ultra secure, climate controlled houses we live in today are overboard. They’re super comfortable, but they remove us too far from the natural world we were born into. They make it easy for us to disconnect from nature. We should fight that.

Stand outside on a cold day and let the wind hit you. Feel it. It might hurt for a second, but it also makes you feel alive in a physical way that only nature can. Same goes for working outside in the summer sun. The sweat will literally cleanse you inside and out. Being outside is good!

If Covid has a silver lining, it may be that it’s forcing us to be outside again. It was easy over the summer and into fall, but now that the weather is turning colder, it’s nice to see people still hanging out in parks, on patios, around fire pits, and at cafe’s and restaurants with outdoor seating. Some places have erected tents, and although I’m not sure if they’re as Covid-safe as they’re intended to be, they definitely have an outdoor vibe that feels good.


This past week my family celebrated Thanksgiving outside by the fire; masked, with a handful of close relatives. It was strange because it was a near record, high temperature of 65 degrees; and strange again because we weren’t gathered indoors at a table. But, it was also earthy and calming. For some reason, just the simple act of eating outside can make us feel one step closer to the origin of our food, leading us to be more aware of where our food comes from and how it got to us.

In our house, next month’s holiday gatherings are also being planned as outside events. Covid is the catalyst but we’ll all benefit from the outdoor time. I’m not saying being outside “Covid- proofs” things- it doesn’t. But it’s safer than being indoors and, barring brutal weather, is better for the human spirit too.

So this holiday season I encourage you to get out! Go outside for at least 30 minutes everyday. Try it- even if you don’t think you’ll like it. It may be like starting a new workout routine; difficult and uncomfortable at first, but then you’ll get into the groove, wondering how you ever got along without it. 

As humans, we are part of natural world. That’s a good thing! Go outside and embrace it.

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