5 Ways to Make Mall Traffic More Enjoyable

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The official start of the Christmas shopping season is upon us. The weeks to come will include nothing less than an all-out wish-fulfilling frenzy. This, of course, means trip after trip to the mall.

We all know how those trips work. You just need to grab one little thing! Three hours later, you’re huffing and puffing past the carolers’ joyful rendition of the “Hallelujah” chorus. That’s right—road rage and traffic trauma got to you again.

Fume no more, folks. We’ve got just the distraction you need—a list of games and activities guaranteed to make time spent sitting in your car a little more cheerful.


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1. Play the Christmas sweater counting game.

Like the love bug of the ’60s and the mullet of the ’80s, spotting a tacky Christmas sweater from the 90’s is a much-loved mini sport. Award one point for a basic Christmas sweater and two points when it accompanies a holiday-themed turtleneck. Three points goes to the rare—but all too real—light-up sweater sighting.

2. Teach your kids some classic Queen or ABBA.

Thanks to your tweens, you (sadly) know every modern pop song on the radio. How about turning the tables? Teach them some classic pop tunes like Bohemian Rhapsody or Dancing Queen while you have a captive audience. Assign each family member a part so that no Galileo is left unsung. Then sing with gusto—and be sure someone gets this all on camera!

3. Create a cozy winter wonderland.

Bring along supplies for a rolling craft workshop featuring the paper snowflake. The driver should stick to driving, but—depending on the speed of traffic—passengers can cut out triangles, squares, and circles to their hearts’ delights. String a few up in the car and take the rest home for mantel or staircase décor.

4. Give your holiday bods a workout.

Make a dent in those extra dessert calories by leading a full-body sitting workout. Start with the neck roll and end with the 10-toe wiggle. Get silly and have your kids come up with fun exercises for everyone else to follow—like chicken-wing arm flaps or knee-to-ear leg lifts. Good luck keeping up.

5. Set some New Year’s goals.

For those who would prefer to be a little more—shall we say—productive, you could also get a jump start on planning your New Year’s goals. Discuss your values and dreams. Look for areas of opportunity for personal growth. Keep it casual, make it fun, and write it all down!

No matter what you choose to do while riding along at five miles per hour to grab that one little thing, we hope you find a way to make it more enjoyable. By the time you actually find a parking spot, you might not want to go inside!

Bonus activity: Order Dave's Starter Special and listen to the audio CDs while sitting in traffic or traveling for the holidays.

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