The pandemic may have thrown everyone’s holiday plans for a loop, but there are still tons of ways to celebrating Christmas this year (and the next!) without stepping foot outside of the house.
It might sound impossible, but it’s actually very easy and a lot of fun in spite of the fact that we might not be able to celebrate with our extended family and friends.
Missing grandma? Have a virtual Skype party and read her a holiday story! Dying to hang out with your cousins from far, far away? Play an online game like Among Us until the break of dawn. Tired of the same old Christmas feast? Set up a frothy cocktails and desserts table for the whole family and indulge!
Here are 7 lovely ways to celebrate Christmas without leaving the house:
1. HOST A VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
It’s the 21st century and thanks to apps like Zoom and Skype, now it’s easier than ever to throw a virtual holiday bash with friends and family across the world. So, gather the family around the couch and reach out to your loved ones. You can all log in at the same time and do some holiday karaoke or simply talk and catch up.
2. MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH THE KIDS
Decorating gingerbread houses is a holiday tradition that everyone can get into because it’s such a blast! You can play holiday music in the background or watch a holiday movie while you bake, paint, and decorate away! But for those of us who can’t bake to save our lives, there are pre-baked gingerbread house kits you can get online so that the kiddos can have some fun decorating without breaking a sweat in the kitchen.
3. DO A CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
It’s sort of like an advent calendar countdown but instead of doing 25 days, you do 12 days. Simply display or hang the Christmas Countdown Calendar on a kitchen or living room wall. Write an inspiring quote, a special holiday recipe, a Christmas story, or a holiday wish under each number flap. Then, have the kids remove one every morning leading up to the big day.
4. HAVE A HOLIDAY STORYTIME
We all have a traditional holiday-themed book that we’ve been dying to share with our little ones since they were born. So, dust that book off or buy a new one online and start a tradition of reading a holiday story with the kiddos.
But before everyone snuggles up on the couch, add a little Christmas magic and bring a big tray of holiday desserts like Gingerbread cookies, snowflake pretzels, Panettone muffins, and of course, a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows.
Suggested Christmas stories for kids:
5. SET UP A NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAIL AND DESSERTS TABLE
Set up a kid-friendly cocktail and desserts table filled with some tasty mocktails that everyone can drink, such as Grinch Punch (but skip the rum to make it kid-friendly), milk and cookie shots, and classic eggnog punch.
And a ton of Delicious Holiday Drinks the Whole Family can Enjoy:
6. DELIVER GIFTS AND COOKIES TO FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS
There’s nothing cooler than surprising people with gifts and cookies around the holidays. So, consider baking a batch or buying a couple of inexpensive cookie baskets. Then hand them out to the neighbors or head to a nursing home and gift them to the elderly, which is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces. Just make sure to practice social distance and wear a mask.
7. HAVE A HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT
Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit quicker than watching a few holly jolly Christmas movies. So, gather the whole family around the TV, nuke some popcorn, and do a mini-thon of Christmas movies on Christmas Eve.
You can also watch one Christmas movie every day on the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Here are a few films that will definitely put everyone in the mood:
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
- Home Alone
- Arthur Christmas
- Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
- The Christmas Chronicles
- Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
- The Santa Clause