Christmas 2021: 7 Things You Can Do with Your Family and Friends at Home
With COVID cases increasing across the country, Christmas 2020 is likely to look a little different. From changing travel plans to adjusting the way Christmas dinner looks (get used to the Zoom visits), this holiday season is going to require a bit of creativity on everybody’s part. But, that’s okay! Because we’ve got a list of easy, fun things you can do at home to make Christmas 2020 the best Christmas yet. Here’s how to enjoy the holiday season this year with your family safe at home.
How to Spend Christmas 2021 at Home
1. Host a Christmas Movie Marathon
You’ve likely seen all of your favorite Christmas movies a million times, but this year, it’s time to explore some new movies. Write out a list of everybody’s favorite Christmas movies and make a plan to host a virtual watch party. It’s a great chance to check out new movies you’ve never seen before or to enjoy older films you’d forgotten you loved. Or, you can plan to watch all of the new Christmas movies that came out this year (The Christmas Chronicles 2 is out on Netflix now!). We have a list of all Christmas movies for you!
2. Have a Gingerbread Decorating Content
Gingerbread houses are fun to build with friends and family, but if you wanna turn up the heat a bit, host a decorating contest. You can compete against others in your household or widen the net a bit and virtually compete with your friends, extended family, and coworkers. Set some ground rules (everybody has to have the same kit, for example) and then enjoy watching what others create.
3. Write Christmas Cards to Senior Citizens
Lazy days lounging around the fire might get boring after a day or two of total lockdown. Instead of turning on Netflix yet again, take the time to write Christmas cards to senior citizens in your hometown. Local care homes are taking to social media to publish their address and even give a bit of information about each resident. Whether you’re able to personalize the card or not, simply sending a greeting card to the care home is going to spread tons and tons of holiday cheer.
4. Try New Recipes
Do you have a list of standard recipes you use for each Christmas dinner? If so, make 2020 the year you stay in and try new recipes. And, we mean entirely new. Forget about the candied cranberry sauce and the green bean casserole. If you’re staying in this holiday season, use the extra time to test out brand new recipes with exotic ingredients you’ve never tried before. Who knows, you might just stumble across a dish that’s a huge hit and becomes a family favorite for years to come.
5. Make Commemorative Ornaments
2020 has been...quite a year. Although you likely won’t need any help remembering this special year, you can commemorate it with a special ornament. DIY ornament kits are easy to find online, or you can take your inspiration from Pinterest and then gather the materials you need separately. This is an especially great activity if you have little ones at home who are missing out on holiday parties and other festivities. If you’d like, invite their friends and parents to join in on a Zoom call so the kids can enjoy making ornaments “together.”
6. Video Chat with Santa
Can’t make it to the mall this year to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas? No worries! He’s available for video calls. Talk to Santa is a great platform where you’re able to enjoy pre-recorded or live calls with Santa straight from the North Pole. Even if you don’t have little ones at home, this is still a fun way to enjoy the holiday season and make it feel just as special as ever. As a special treat, each call also comes with a Nice List Certificate, too!
7. Take Time to Prepare for 2022
2021 didn’t turn out like any of us had hoped. Travel plans were canceled, millions of people lost their jobs, and nearly every special event was postponed. Take the time this holiday season to hunker down at home and prepare for 2022. Whether that means writing out a list of your New Year’s resolutions or getting your finances in order, it helps to plan ahead when it comes to big life goals.
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