Washington, DC Weekend Guide | December 25 – 27

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!! I’m thankful for the most important things – God, Family, friends, health, food and shelter. Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season to all.

Here’s your weekly list of fun, upcoming events!

Drive-In Movies!

DC’s temporary drive-in movie theater is back for the holidays. Here is the current box office lineup:

Events DC/PARK UP RFK Stadium –  Tenet, Jurassic Park, and Sonic the Hedgehog

Tickets are $29 per car (not per person). See their website for showtimes.

Best of Online Entertainment

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (HBO Max) – Rewind to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
  2. Soul (Disney+) – A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.
  3. The Midnight Sky (Netflix) – This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
  4. Bridgerton (Netflix) – Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
  5. Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Prime) – A woman working at her father’s record store in Harlem in the late 1950s meets an aspiring saxophone player.
  6. Ariana Grande: excuse me, i love you (Netflix) – Ariana Grande takes the stage in London for her Sweetener World Tour and shares a behind-the-scenes look at her life in rehearsal and on the road.

How to Alleviate Holiday Season Stress

The holidays are a time for joy, celebration, and love—but for many people, hectic schedules and holiday blues can make stress the predominant emotion of the season. In a year that’s already been unusually stressful due to the pandemic and a contentious election, the added chaos of holiday shopping and festivities—or the sadness of not being able to celebrate with your usual traditions due to COVID-19—may overshadow the magic of the season. While managing stress can be easier said than done, it’s essential for maintaining both your mental and physical health.

Feeling the stress of the holiday season beginning to creep in? Here are a few ways to keep it in check:

  • Give yourself permission to say no. Whether you’re opting out of a family get-together because you’d prefer to avoid travel or you simply don’t have time to attend a holiday event, remind yourself that it’s okay to say no. Overburdening yourself with commitments can lead to burnout and a feeling of resentment, so try to be honest about how much you’ll be able to handle before filling up your calendar.
  • Maintain healthy habits. The holidays are a time of indulgence—and particularly when you’re feeling stressed, it can be tempting to adopt unhealthy eating or drinking habits, which ultimately leads to more stress and feelings of guilt. To avoid this negative cycle, be sure to get plenty of sleep, keep up with your exercise routine, and have healthy snacks before holiday meals so that you’ll be less likely to overindulge.
  • Set aside differences you may have with friends or family. The possibility of conflict when gathering with friends or family members that you haven’t seen in a while is a major cause of holiday season stress for many people. Whether you’re concerned that arguments may erupt over politics and current events or long-standing relationship disputes, resolving to accept your loved ones as they are and set aside grievances until a calmer time can help avoid conflicts and reduce stress.
  • Stick to a budget. Excessive spending on holiday gifts can be a source of stress now and into the future. To avoid this, set a manageable budget for all of your holiday spending, and consider giving homemade gifts or offering your loved ones experiences or services in lieu of material goods.
  • Take time for yourself. No matter how busy you are during the holidays, taking time for activities that you find relaxing and enjoyable is an essential way to minimize stress and find joy in the season. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day to meditate, read, or take a walk, stealing moments for yourself can help keep you equipped to handle the stresses of everyday life.

Sources: Mayoclinic.org

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