Christmas is not a season; it’s a feeling! And let admit we’re all missing the good old days when we could go out and have fun, preparations would start a month prior to the actual day, and everything just seemed so enjoyable.
However, this year, things have slowed down amid the current crises, and it seems difficult to keep the holiday spirit alive. Most families have decided to celebrate within themselves rather than going out in groups and forming large social gatherings; many big and small local events have also been called off.
Does this mean we can no longer celebrate Christmas this year?
Of course not!
The real spirit of Christmas is to cherish peach and goodwill and to be plenteous in mercy. We can’t engage in social gatherings, so what? Christmas can be just as fun at home; this is the perfect time to improve family bonding and cherish the moment you have.
We’ve curated the 12 most fun-filled activities that encourage family bonding while maintaining festivity.
Decorate your home with festivity
Christmas is incomplete without blissful decorations; make your home look festive with some new colorful decorations and a Christmas tree. You can find loads of them on Amazon and other online stores or test your crafting skill here are some of my favorite handmade decorations.
Mittens out of an old sweater
These cute Christmas mittens are my favorite and don’t require much, all you need is an old sweater, paper, thread, needed, and other stationery items that you already have at home. Find out the step-by-step instruction on how to make these here.
Pinecone bow ornament
The pine cone is another minimal yet highly attractive Christmas decoration, you can stick it to your wall, stairway, or hang it on your tree, it also easy to make all you need a pine code, a ribbon of your favorite color, and jute. You can check out the full tutorial here.
Make Delightful Treats
As you will be spending a lot of time at home why not try something delicious, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some tasty treats with family on the cozy winter evening. If you grew up with fond memories of mom and grandma, you already know some of the traditional baking recipes, if you don’t, there are plenty of recipes online your family would love. Here are some of the all-time favorites.
When it comes to classic Christmas treats Gingerbread house is at the top of the list, the cute design doesn’t make you wanna eat it, but it’s absolutely delicious and comes with sugary goodness and the aroma of the gingerbread. Learn how to make it here.
Cut Out Sugar Cookie
Cut out cookies have been a traditional treat for years, and is made by almost every family even today. I remember making them with grandma, mom, siblings, and another family member, we enjoyed making the process more than the treat itself. If you don’t already know how to make it, here is an easy recipe.
Christmas Movie Marathon
Now we come to the fun part, start your Christmas countdown by selecting the top 10 Christmas movies, download or watch online. If you have the good old DVDs lying somewhere around it would add a charm to the experience. Start with your favorite movie and expand your list with, here are my top picks.
- Home alone 1 and 2
I’ve already watched home alone a hundred times, and I never miss the opportunity to watch It before Christmas every year, the movie never fails to make me laugh plus it gives that nostalgic feel especially if you grew up in the 90s. I like the first part more than the second, but it would be awesome if you could watch both.
- The Christmas Chronicles 2018
The Christmas Chronicles is a new name on the list, but don’t worry! it still lives up to the expectation you would have from a Christmas movie. It has a relatively simple and straightforward plot and can get predictable at times but overall, it will give you a great movie experience with your family. There is also a sequel recently released this year.
- Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas is a modern gem that makes it one of the best movies on my watch list. In the animated film, Santa’s son Arthur discovers that a little girl’s Christmas gift has been misplaced and he sets out to deliver the gift before it’s too late. If you like animated movies you definitely love this one.
Virtual Party with Loved Ones
Just because you can’t go out, doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time with friends and family, use a high-quality video calling app like zoom or google duo to host a virtual dinner party. Strike good conversations and experience face to face conversation even if they aren’t around.
Prepare Special Christmas Dinner
A virtual dinner party is incomplete without dinner, you will also need to prepare dinner beforehand, and what’s fun if you don’t have a festive meal on your table. With all the other preparations, it can get challenging to manage your meal preparation, here are some of my favorite Christmas meals.
Prime Rib Roast
The rib roast is my top favorite Christmas dish and I just can’t get enough of it, the aroma and taste is unreal, if you want to experience the taste of this juicy beef roast here is an easy recipe to try.
Juicy Roast Turkey
The second runner up on my list of favorite Christmas meals is this juicy perfectly cooked turkey, sometime I have a hard time choosing between roasted beef or turkey, I guess I’m going to have both this year. The best thing about turkey is that it cooks faster and has a crispy golden buttery skin. Leather how to make it here
Create Hand Crafted Greeting Cards
Making greeting cards is fun, most of you might have fond memories of creating birthday cards when we were young so what’s stopping you now, as you’ll be spending a lot of time at home so this is a good way to spend time, you can either give greeting cards to your friends or decorate your house with them.
Here are 4 easy Diy Christmas cards.
Send Christmas Gifts
Thinking about how to gift your loved ones with social distancing, no worries, you can use websites like gifts.com to send your presents directly to the recipient. The site also allows personalizing your gifts with letters, colors, and names. Moreover, if you want to gift something more useful and long lasting here is a better option
Leather Car Coat
Leather outerwears are the perfect gifts especially considering the season and occasion, they not only signify good taste in style but are also very practical pieces to have. You can check out our real leather jacket collection for both men and women here.
Not sure what to give? Let them decide. A gift card is a good way to make your friends happy by letting them decide what to buy. Simply choose the value of your card, enter a custom message, choose from different themes and we’ll handle the rest.
Play Christmas Songs
If you haven’t been doing this already what were you waiting for, the best time to get into the Holiday spirit is the first week of December, however, it’s still not late either, create your own playlist or find a classic collection on YouTube. Moreover, you can also listen to music live stream from the comforts of your home. Here are some of my top favorites.
- Silent night
Silent night is one of the most soothing hymns ever created, the fun fact is that it was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber in 1818 in Austria which makes it a 200-year-old composition, however, it still sounds so fresh as if it was made yesterday. The hymn has been performed by a vast number of musicians from different genres over the year.
- O Holy Night
Cantique de Noël is another classic Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847, John Dwight later introduced an English version of “O Holy Night” in 1855 which became popular in North America.
- Joy to the World
I’ve mention two of the most soothing melodies above now it time for something more joyful. Joy to the world is the most published hymn in America it was compiled by English writer Isaac Watts. The hymn was first published in 1719 making it over 300 years old.
Play Fun-Filled Board Games
Spending your Christmas eve in front of the TV is straight-up boring, do something better like playing Christmas Bingo, Reindeer ring toss, or any other game with the family to have fun and spend some quality time. There’s no need to go out or do something fancy.
Christ bingo is a fun game to play at Christmas parties with kids, the game is very simple all you need is a printed sheet of paper, markers, and someone to call out crackers, candy, marshmallows, or something similar as seen on the card.
Reindeer Ring Toss:
Reindeer ring toss just as the name suggests is a game in which you have to toss rings over the antlers of the reindeer. You need someone to wear the inflatable antlers and teams who would face each other.
Try New Drinks and Cocktails
What’s better than having a refreshing cocktail for Christmas? You can have something light and refreshing or something warm like Latte or cappuccino, whatever suits your taste. Spending the time to make the perfect drink is one of the most pleasurable things to do. Here are some of the best Christmas cocktails to try.
Prince Pum King
A wonderful blend of steam milk, pumpkin puree, and spices, it’s the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings. Moreover, you don’t need a lot of ingredients to learn the simple yet impressive recipe here
Apple Cider Margarita
The apple cider margarita is a good way to warm things up during cold holiday evenings, the salt, and cinnamon stick add a unique flavor to the drink. Find out the other ingredients in this article.
Barbecue in Winter
As weird as it sounds, barbecue in winter is a thing. It is an excellent idea considering the social distancing period. You can set up a grill in your back yard and have fun cooking. However, you will need a bit more preparation than usual to tackle the cold. There are specific guidelines you must follow when barbecuing in winter.
Enjoy Driving Through the Neighborhood
Enjoy the festivity by driving through your neighborhood. Everyone has a unique way of decorating their houses, and it always funs to check out others’ creativity. Moreover, the colorful lights add up to the experience.
To wrap things up, Christmas is a once in a year celebration. Don’t let social distancing spoil it for you, make the best of what you have. Spread cheer, and have a great time with family and friends. We’re sure you’ll like some of the ideas mentioned above if not all. Let us know how you’ll be celebrating Christmas this year.