There’s no denying that there’s something special in the air around the holidays. People tend to be in a good mood, there’s more time to spend with friends and loved ones, and there are all kinds of delicious foods to eat. But sometimes getting stuck in the same annual routine can get a little bit stale. We’ve compiled a list of some fun Christmas activities that you can do to make your Christmas season extra special this year.
Cookie Exchange Party
Seriously, who doesn’t love Christmas cookies? The only downside is that it can require a lot of time and effort to bake all of your favorites. One way to get around this is by hosting a cookie exchange or cookie swap party. Here’s a helpful guide to get you totally prepared for the occasion. The idea is that each invitee can bake their best cookies, and then by pooling all the contributions, everyone can widely sample the delicious results and take home some of their favorites. Looking for a festive and personalized cookie jar to transport your baked creations this season?
Elf on the Shelf
If you have kids, you may be aware of Elf on the Shelf already. If you’re not familiar, this can be a terrific way to get your younger children into the spirit of the holidays. The elf is a children’s book character and doll that you can place around the house in different locations for your kids to find each day. Since it can be hard to be creative every day throughout the holiday season, here are some unique ideas to keep you going.
You’ve Been Elfed Neighborhood Game
This holiday game goes by some different names, such as You’ve Been Jingled, but it is essentially a way to spread good cheer to your neighbors. By putting together a small gift basket (along with a copy of one of these printables to explain the game) and stealthily dropping it off at your neighbor’s door, the goal is to start a chain of gift-giving.
White Elephant Gift Exchange
Gift-giving can get pricey around the holidays, no doubt. Having a White Elephant party can give your December budget a little more breathing room. Going by other names, such as Dirty Santa, this gift exchange can play out in a number of different ways. The idea is to have fun without spending much money and still send everyone home with a gift. Some people love to give hilariously bad gifts, while others might prefer to bring a cheap but practical item. To help you get started, read through these useful tips for setting up a White Elephant gift exchange.
Christmas Movie Marathon Party
There are so many wonderful Christmas movies to enjoy. Unfortunately, all too often we can get so caught up in the hectic nature of the holidays that we forget to devote some time to truly relaxing and savoring this special time of year. One way to avoid this is to host a Christmas movie marathon party. Invite friends or family and have them select a few of their favorite Christmas movies that everyone can watch together. Order in some food or enjoy some Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. You can even set out some board games for people to play while they watch.