Christmas is a time filled with love, cheer and togetherness. Yet despite all that joy, it's easy to get caught up in the craziness of the holiday. Check out these ideas for celebrating the 12 days of Christmas so you make sure you enjoy all the holiday season has to offer!
1. Release the guilt. Throw a blanket or sheet over your treadmill. You know you won’t be using it during the holidays. No sense in letting it mock you or send jeering looks your way. You'll show it who's boss on January 1st anyway!
2. Go retro with Christmas crafts and decorations. While store-bought Christmas tree ornaments can be beautiful, they can never compare to the charm of those homemade ones. Not only can you customize your tree with the exact color scheme or theme you're trying to accomplish, but those ornaments made from your toddler's handprint or a framed picture of your child's first Christmas will one day be worth more than anything you can buy in a store. (The lumpy felt heart I made in preschool which was stuffed with ladies’ stockings and primitively sewn together with white yarn is still a beloved staple on my parents' tree.)
Check out our collection of DIY Christmas decorations and crafts for lots of inspiration!
3. Try out some new recipes. With tons of baking inspiration here on Celebrations, there's a plethora of holiday treats at your fingertips. You might even give some go-to classics a make-over. For instance, take a cookie decorating plunge to make rudolph cookie pops, or turn a basic cupcake into a festive treat with a few candies.
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4. Have a Contest. Ask family members to dig out their silliest, most stereotypical holiday sweater. Line everyone up and hold a secret ballot for the most outlandish. Be sure to snap a picture to immortalize the event. And by the way, light- up or musical sweaters are automatic winners!
We've got lots of Christmas drink recipes to help you out!
6. Have a Karaoke holiday song mix-up party. Invite friends and family to jot down lines from their favorite holiday tunes on individual strips of paper. Collect all the strips and then reassemble into a new, comical song. For example: "Joy to the World! Grandma got run over by a reindeer." Or, "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas with a corncob pip and a button nose."
Check out more Christmas party games to have fun with this year.
7. Remember those less fortunate. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday frenzy of gift buying and decorating. Instead of swiping your credit card for those last minute impulse buys, consider putting that money toward a charity that’s dear to your heart. The person on the receiving end will be more grateful than you can ever imagine.
8. Help your children remember the reason for celebrating. No matter what holiday you celebrate, be sure to teach young ones its true meaning. Consider having children create Christmas crafts like a collage, poem or list of things they are thankful for and the aspects of the holiday that are special to them. Resurrect these priceless treasures each year and have the child share it with family members. You’ll marvel over the growth of your child’s understanding, and it will become increasingly more heartwarming with each passing year.
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9. Create traditions. Whether it’s a cookie baking party, a White Elephant gift exchange, or tracking Santa on NORAD on Christmas Eve, traditions are those things that we look forward to with warmth and love, and are just as important as the holiday itself.
10. Be reflective. The holidays are a time to think about all we have, and all we’ve accomplished. It’s a time to make those necessary shifts so we can live as better people and begin setting the foundation for all those resolutions we’ll be making in a few short weeks. Make plans now for achieving those goals you’ll set on January 1st.
11. Take some time to breathe. With all the hustle and bustle it’s easy to lose the joy the season holds. Take some time to drive around the neighborhood and admire the Christmas lights and decorations. Tune the radio to the holiday song channel while you write out Christmas cards and sip a cup of steaming hot chocolate. Watch some Christmas movies and feel free to let the answering machine take a message while you write your list for Santa.
12. Most of all, on the night before Christmas, hug your children tightly. Give your spouse an extra kiss. And allow all the holiday craziness to come to a halt as you take time to enjoy all the wonderful blessings in your life.
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Family Christmas parties just got more fun with these ideas!