Here are 10 ultra-festive ways to enjoy the season with your loved ones.
- Visit A Christmas Tree Farm
Do things a little differently this year and skip the faux tree or the big box store and make a trip to a Christmas tree farm for an authentic tree-picking experience. Depending on the farm you visit, you may even get to cut down your own tree! Here are the best Christmas tree farms in every state according to one source, or try this tree farm locator.
- Decorate Your Tree
Make the tree trimming a family tradition. Put on your favorite Christmas album, prepare snacks and festive drinks, and take turns hanging ornaments. Another fun tradition is to exchange stories from previous Christmases and what you’re looking forward to this year.
- Take A Holiday Card Photo
Gather your brood and get into matching onesies or a holiday-themed color and pose for a few fun photos that you can either share electronically, print onto holiday cards, or turn into tree ornaments if you want to get a little fancy.
- Make A Gingerbread House
Gather around the table for an afternoon (or evening) of confectionery construction! You can either visit a local store for all your supplies—gingerbread cookies, icing, candy canes, gumdrops, and more—or pick up a pre-made kit that has everything you need including instructions.
- Host A Cookie Exchange
A cookie exchange (or swap) is when you gather friends and everyone brings a large batch—a dozen (or half dozen) cookies per guest—and you swap cookies with the guests and go home with a wide variety of holiday cookies for all your upcoming events.
- Make Festive Snacks For Santa
Be Santa’s favorite stop all night with treats that don’t only taste delicious, but will give him the protein boost he needs to make it around the entire world in a single night. Mom and dad might even enjoy them too! Try these Lucky Protein Bites or these Apple Cider Protein Donuts.
- Take A Neighborhood Christmas Light Tour
Seek out the best neighborhoods near you to take in some impressive Christmas light displays and pile into a toasty car for a fun night tour.
- Visit A Christmas Market
Local Christmas markets have so much to offer, including tasting a world of festive foods, shopping handmade decorations and holiday gifts, listening to carolers, and much more. Here are the 20 best holiday markets in the US, according to one source. But be sure to search for one in your city or town.
- Set Up A Christmas Photo Booth
Create your own holiday photo booth for all your upcoming parties and have memories to enjoy for years! Start with a wrapping paper backdrop and consider hanging some twinkle lights and making a vignette with a message like, “2022 Christmas Party!” Most importantly, make a bunch of handheld stick props such as Santa hats, beards, mustaches, reindeer antlers, elf ears, scarves, and holiday messages—and don’t forget a trunk of ugly Christmas sweaters. Here are some free printable props to try.
- Volunteer Your Time
Last, but certainly not least, give the gift of your time to those in need at a local shelter, soup kitchen or another volunteer organization of your choice. Feeding America has soup kitchens, food pantries, and food banks where volunteers can serve meals and prepare meal boxes and truly make a difference this holiday. Learn more here.
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