We’ve finally made it to the end of 2020! After what has been a difficult year for most, it’s time to enjoy the holiday season and ring in the new year. To help you get in the holiday spirit, we’ve curated a list of our top holiday activities to do this season. Check out the list below, grab a mask, and enjoy the season!
1. Virtual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party
Now that we’re living in the Covid-19 era, it may be harder to get together with friends and family this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate; it will just need to be a digital party via webcam instead! This year, host a virtual Ugly Sweater Party via Zoom or WebEx or whatever webcam service you prefer. Tell guests to dress up in festive holiday sweaters. The uglier or more out dated the better! Plan to play a few games that work well via webcam like Charades or Pictionary.
The best part about a virtual holiday party? You don’t need to clean the house or buy a bunch of food! All you need to do is grab a glass of wine, throw on your sweater, and plop down on the couch. Maybe 2020 isn’t so terrible after all?
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2. Make a Gingerbread House
Since the start of quarantine back in March, millions of people have started baking to pass the time at home. This holiday season, channel your inner Julia Child and bust out the mixer. It’s time to make and decorate a gingerbread house! This year try making a homemade one from scratch, or if that’s not your jam, then go for the pre-made one (no judgement). If you’re at home with family, have them help with the activity too! It’s a great opportunity to create lasting holiday memories.
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3. Holiday Treats & Drinks
It’s time to bust out the holiday drinks and we are here for it. The holiday season means delicious treats, tasty morsels, and scrumptious drinks all around. This year, try adding an eggnog drink to your holiday festivities. For the adults who enjoy alcoholic beverages, we advise trying an eggnog cocktail this year. The Food Network has a great recipe using Bourbon that’s worth a try. For the nondrinkers in the group, try making a traditional eggnog drink. Martha Stewart has several great nonalcoholic versions to try. Whether you’re team mocktail or team cocktail, an eggnog drink is the perfect way to ring in the holidays!
4. Christmas Light Displays
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas lights! Even with everything else going on in the world, we can still enjoy being outside and looking at the christmas lights. Pile the kiddos in the car and check out your local area’s holiday light shows. From enthusiastic neighbors with a talent for holiday lighting (did someone say the Griswold’s?) to your local festivities, there are several options to check out lights. Most cities hold annual lighting of Christmas tree ceremonies or decorate downtown areas. Plan a day to check out the beautiful decor!
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5. Don’t Forget the Charities
Last, but certainly not least, take some time this holiday season for charity work. We’ve all had our ups and downs this year, but it’s important to take time out of our busy schedules to give back to those in need. Pick a cause you’re passionate about and find a way to give back. Charity doesn’t necessarily mean donating money (although it can!), you can also donate your time, skills, and talents - just remember to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Remember the reason for the season!
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