Are you looking for some ways to have more Christmas fun this holiday season with your friends and family?
In this article I will be sharing some of my favorite holiday activities and Christmas ideas for a wonderful holiday season.
And don’t forget to read till the end to find inspiration for how to relax and have a simpler Christmas this year!
Cozy Activities for More Christmas Fun
Christmas activities will differ from family to family as we all have our own little yearly traditions.
But if you are falling short on Christmas ideas this year and are looking for some festive inspiration then you are in the right place.
Because here is a list of Christmas ideas that you definitely should try this year!
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Christmas Movie Marathon
One of the most enjoyable ways to have some simple Christmas fun is to have a movie marathon.
This is really a great activity for any time of the year but what better time to pull out all of your old Christmas favorites?
When it comes to how to relax during the busiest season of the year this is a great Christmas activity.
Turn off the oven, take your apron off, grab a cup of tea and a bag of popcorn, and put your feet up. This is a great time to simply relax and enjoy the presence of your loved ones.
You could even have every guest or family member bring their favorite Christmas movie with them to make it interesting!
Making Handmade Gifts
This Christmas activity is a great way of getting create and having a bit of relaxing Christmas fun.
Whether it includes your kids, your friends, or just you and yours significant other it’s a fun Christmas idea.
You can create little bags of hand blended teas, scented satchels, create your own artistic wrapping paper, or decorate wintery themed crafts.
No matter what kind of homemade gift you decide to create this is a great way to bring a little extra calm to the busy holiday season!
Gingerbread decorating is the definition of an oldy, but a goody wouldn’t you say?
It isn’t a new idea by any means, but this activity is fun for people of all ages and is a great way of getting your whole family involved or even just your friends.
You can either buy the premade gingerbread houses to assemble and decorate if you’re in a pinch. Or you could go all out and make a large batch of gingerbread cookies to decorate together.
This is one of those Christmas ideas that is great to include in each Christmas celebration that you have.
Almost everyone enjoys this kind of activity and if you make the gingerbread yourself, you’ll even be able to eat your creations!
Make Christmas Tree Baubles
Another fun craft that everyone can enjoy is creating Christmas tree baubles to look back on for years to come.
There are many DIY Christmas tree decorations that you can make as a group as a low stress Christmas activity.
This is a great holiday season craft to help you to stay creative during a stressful holiday and is sure to create some beautiful family memories.
Baking Something Special
One great way of enjoying some Christmas fun is to bake something special with a friend or loved one.
Grab one or two partners in mischief to help you create something special in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy later.
There is no better time to bake then the holiday season and this is a great Christmas activity to enjoy with someone special.
You could make a chocolate and peppermint trifle together or go all out and make a Christmas tiered cake!
This is a great time to dig into a cookbook that you might not have had time for yet such as this Plant-Based Desserts Cookbook!
Make a Christmas Fun Bucket List
One extra special holiday activity to do is to make a Christmas bucket list!
This is a great way of keeping track of all of the fun Christmas activities that you want to enjoy. You can even turn it into a group activity by having everyone add their ideas to a conjoined bucket list for everyone.
This is a great low stress and inclusive activity that everyone of all ages can enjoy. Plus, it can add a bit of structure to your holiday plans and activities.
Some Christmas ideas that you could add to your holiday season bucket list are:
- Do a random act of kindness
- Have a secret Santa
- Build a snowman
- Send Christmas cards
- Go caroling
- Wear ugly Christmas sweaters
- Take holiday photos
- Make Christmas punch
- Donate gifts
- Make smores
How to Have a Simple Christmas This Year
The holiday season is a busy time of the year so it is no surprise that many people might find it become more stressful than anything else.
But Christmas fun isn’t supposed to be stressful or hectic, so we need to learn how to relax during all of the holiday hustle and bustle.
Which is why you might want to have the goal of having a simple Christmas this year. A Christmas more focused on joy and family rather than all of those other distractions.
Because all of that stress really is just a bunch of distractions. Because at the heart of it all Christmas is about your loved ones and spending that special time together.
Don’t Overdo it
As with everything the most important part of planning some kind of celebration is to not overdo it.
Try not to over plan or overbook yourself this holiday season. Try to focus on only the most important things that you want to be able to do.
You can’t go sledding, ice skating, and Christmas light sight-seeing all in one go so try to be picky about the plans that you make.
Choose only the best activities that the most people will enjoy and if there is extra time you can do a few other activities as well.
Keep the Guest List Small
If you plan on inviting friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers over for a Christmas party try to exercise some self-control.
Keep your guest list as small as you can in order to avoid throwing a party that snowballs into a disaster.
Remember that you also want to enjoy yourself and that won’t be possible if you are too busy preparing the food, buying presents, and being the perfect hostess.
Just try to remember that the smaller the guest list the better you will be able to take care of your guests and yourself!
Plan the Menu Ahead of Time
With the holiday season and all of the Christmas fun that it brings comes all of those favorite holiday foods as well.
You can still have a glorious Christmas feast while having a simpler holiday it just takes a little extra planning.
Having a designated Christmas menu will not only help you to be better organized but will decrease the stress as well.
Having a planned-out menu guarantees that you won’t be making any last-minute grocery trips or waste time making too much food.
Plan Activities and be Prepared
Another tip when it comes to how to relax more during the holiday season is to not only plan out your Christmas menu but your Christmas activities as well.
Try to plan ahead and get all of the items that you will need for your Christmas fun this year. Whether that be the Christmas stuff from the garage, baking ingredients, wrapping paper, craft supplies, or movies.
Try to plan as far ahead as possible and get all of the supplies that you will need to decrease any unneeded stress from occurring.
This is one of those times where having a planner is such a must! As you can plan activities on specific dates and keep track of everything.
What Christmas ideas do you enjoy doing during the holidays or do you just wing it each year?
Do you have any yearly Christmas traditions that the whole family enjoys? Or are you having a Christmas full of friends instead?
I would love to hear about what you have planned this holiday season and comment down below how you are enjoying a simpler Christmas this year!