2) Start a Tradition
Host a Christmas tree slumber party! Share your favorite holiday memories and fall asleep to the soft glow of twinkling lights. Gift Hint: Put together a “slumber party” basket with sleep mask, lotions and treats. More about starting new Christmas traditions here.
3) Call Old Friends
Track down old friends. Make a phone call a day to tell someone you’re thinking of them. It’s time to reach out and reconnect. Gift Hint: Create a phone gift basket with filled-in address book, pen and paper, screen wipes and cough drops. Maybe even a retro phone from a thrift store! Looking for more creative ways to stay in touch over the holidays? Read this.
4) Eat a Candy Cane
Legend has it a church choir master in Germany asked a local confectioner to create a candy to keep children quiet during the holiday service–making it resemble a shepherd’s crook for spiritual symbolism. Gift Hint: Attach the candy cane story to candy canes and keep a bowl for handing out.
6) Send Christmas Cards
Send recipe cards instead! Write a favorite recipe on an index card and mail it with Christmas greetings. It’s cheaper than standard postage.
7) Go Shopping
Plan a shopping trip at only locally owned stores. Use your Christmas money to support independent businesses. Gift Hint: Buy gift certificates from local businesses. Gift buying guide for everyone on your list. Explore more.
10) See Christmas Lights
Organize a “party” bus for residents of a local nursing home to drive around and see the lights. It will mean the world to them, and you. Gift Hint: Christmas “bomb” a friend’s yard with lights and decorations.
12) Have a Snowball Fight
It’s not always a white Christmas–even Bing could only dream of one! But snowball fights are still possible. Use Styrofoam balls or cover whiffle balls with cotton batting for an alternative. Gift Hint: Make a snowball fight game. Are you an Elf on the Shelf family? We have a game for you – click here.
14) Build a Gingerbread House
Baking a bunch of gingerbread can be time-consuming but fortunately, there are some shortcuts. Use graham crackers instead or look for different shaped grocery store cookies to build a house. Gift Hint: Treat children to a local production of “The Nutcracker.” Read once upon a gingerbread house.
16) Host a Party
Bring back the progressive dinner and get to know your neighbors! Gift Hint: A picnic basket with all the essentials. Throw the best holiday party yet. Here’s some tips.
18) Watch a Christmas Movie
Find one you’ve never seen and give it a try. Or throw a theme party for your favorite movie. Gift Hint: A movie night basket with popcorn, movies and candy.
19) Wrap the Gifts
It’s time to wrap the gifts. Make it easier and efficient by creating a wrapping station. Gift Hint: Wrap gifts using other gifts like tablecloths or clothes. Embellish with smaller gifts–brooches, hair bows or ties and tie tacks. It saves money and stands out. More gift wrapping ideas here.
21) Go Sledding
Make a day of it. Find the perfect hill and enjoy time outdoors. Gift Hint: A classic Flexible Flyer sled.
24) Open Christmas Gifts
Break with tradition and open presents on Christmas Eve by treelight. What could be cozier? Gift Hint: Pajamas for everybody!