It’s always fun to take advantage of silly holidays with our kids; after they’re grown up, it won’t be half as entertaining! November 20 is Absurdity Day, and this one begs for recognition. When you’re a parent, absurdity goes along with the territory, so this is just one day when you can fully embrace it. It falls on a school day, so you probably can’t get too crazy unless you get your child’s class involved, which may or may not be possible. Still, here are a few ideas to get you started. Just let these jog your imagination, and make sure to get your kids’ input, since by nature, they’re probably more absurd than you are!
- Start early by serving them something outrageous for breakfast. It could be grilled chicken and rice, or it might be pizza that you had delivered after they went to bed the night before in preparation for the morning. Or do something silly like switching the cereal bags inside of the boxes, so that when they pour out the Rice Krispies, Honey Nut Cheerios come out instead.
- Hand them their packed lunches in a bucket, an old washed-out coffee can, or some other nontraditional container. They might balk at actually carrying it to school, but you will at least get a laugh out of them early in the morning!
- Encourage everyone to wear something absurd and silly. It might be a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, a huge bow tie, a pair of glasses with a fake nose, a stripe of colorful sunblock across your cheeks, a bouquet of flowers on your head, two different shoes… be creative!
- While they’re at school, buy a bunch of helium balloons and decorate the kitchen as though you’re preparing for a birthday party. (This will only work if it’s not actually someone’s birthday!)
- When school is over for the day, do something out-of-the-blue. Go skip stones at a local pond, for example, or sit everyone down to cut out snowflakes in various construction paper colors.
- Choose a silly movie to watch before bed. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Monsters, Inc are two that elicit a lot of laughs in my house. An alternative is to show something that’s very not-seasonal, such as This is America, Charlie Brown, which is about the 4th of July.
As you can see, there are hundreds of absurd things that you could do on Absurdity Day. You know what tickles your family’s funny bone the most, so pick something that will make everybody laugh, and be sure to have fun!