Celebration of Life Day – discover your family joy

Author, podcaster and coach, Susie Pearl lists how you can bring your family closer together through Celebration of Life Day.
celebration of life day family gathering

Celebration of Life day (22 January) is a reminder that each child is a precious gift and spending time together making memories is a great present. It’s a day to spend time with your kids and connect with them and be present, no matter how old or young they are.

Especially after the challenging time we have had in the last couple of years, it´s always a good idea to celebrate life for those who are here and those who have gone.

As someone who has suffered cancer and been told that I had only a few weeks left, I had a good reason to think of some good ideas on how to celebrate life with the ones I love.

Plant a tree

Plant something beautiful in the garden together that can grow and be there for years. Children will love digging, planting and watching it grow tall. Trees will remain a great reminder of a moment in time for years to come.

Host a campfire and get outside and chat around the fire

Children love outdoor work and learning how to build fires. Young and old get joy from sitting around a fire chatting and sharing stories. Great chats, excited storytelling and the fun of making and keeping up a fire are all great treats for young ones.

family cooking together

Cook, paint, create together

Children and young ones are naturally creative and love to paint. Get out the crayons, paint, paper and get stuck into making some treasured pictures together.  Keep the pictures you make in a special place and make a ritual out of the process.

Make some food together

Get busy in the kitchen and make some food and invite other family members over. Cooking and creating new dishes is a great way to get everyone working together and with the added advantage of having something wonderful to eat at the end of it all.

two young girls making music in Celebration of Life Day

Celebrate life making some music

Get out the instruments, put some music on and dance like no one is watching. Everyone loves the joy and buzz that dancing gives and the old ones love it as much as the young ones.

Share stories

The older members of the family have great stories to share. Bring out a ritual of asking the elders in the family to tell the younger ones what it was like when they were young. The young members of the family will love hearing stories from a different era.

photo gallery

Collect photos

Collect old photos and new photos and compile some lovely photo albums for sharing across the family. Take new snaps and get the family together to take some fresh and new family photos.

Start a fundraiser

Get the young ones into the idea of saving and making a difference. Starting fundraising for someone in your community can grow into a project that will help on many levels for someone who is less fortunate or an organisation close to the heart of the family.”

When is Celebration of Life Day?

Celebration of Life Day is all about rediscovering the joy of the children in your life and reminding yourself of all the things you should be proud of. The past two years have been particularly challenging for children who have missed out on a lot of the play and social interaction we took for granted when we were growing up.

Take time to tell them how valuable and unique they are and try a few of activities above as shared experiences.

Celebration of Life Day – Saturday 22 January 2022.

About Susie Pearl

Susie Pearl is a best-selling writer, mentor, psychologist and coach to Hollywood A-listers. She regularly hosts workshops on creative writing, visioning and meditation. She’s based between London and Ibiza and works as a mentor and holistic coach for companies including MTV, Huffington Post, Google and Sony. She’s author of best-selling book, Instructions for Happiness and Success (Quadrille), a book on how to use your mind effectively and latest book The Art of Creativity – 7 habits to unleash your inner potential, published by Orion Spring.

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