If the weather outside is frightful (or you’re just sheltering in place) there are still lots of ways to find holiday cheer while at home. And just like Santa making his rounds on Christmas eve, you can count on us for lots of ideas to make the season bright -no matter your age.
Holiday gatherings may be smaller, and the usual parties put on hold, but you can still have a very happy holiday from home. We’ve got ideas that won’t cost anything, and are sure to please kids and adults of all ages. So get ready to get cheerful!
Keep scrolling to see all our (easy) ideas for finding holiday cheer at home this year.
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Getting Festive With LITTLE ONES
It’s a special time of year (especially for kids), so after a tough year, give them something to look forward to this holiday season. Here are a few easy ideas to have fun and create new memories this year.
- LETTERS TO SANTA
The USPS can help you show kids that Santa is real (and he got their list). Follow these easy instructions, and you’ll receive a postmarked response from the North Pole!
- A ZOOM SING ALONG
Kids can safely spread some cheer this year with virtual caroling. Just invite family members to a zoom call, and put on some tunes. You can also use one of these virtual holiday backdrops to liven up your call, or even play holiday bingo.
- CREATE NEW TRADITIONS
A new type of holiday celebration calls for creating new traditions. Get the whole family matching pajamas, or have an ornament scavenger hunt. An advent calendar is also a fun way for kids to be engaged and excited leading up to Xmas.
Cooking Up HOLIDAY CHEER
Nothing says the holidays quite like tasty treats. So while you’re home this year, get cooking! These are some of our favorite sweet and sippable ways to make the season bright (and delicious).
- HOLIDAY HOUSES
While we love a traditional gingerbread house, why not give it a new twist? This Oreo or Hershey’s kit comes with everything you need to make a cute cookie cottage (that you’ll actually want to eat).
- CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS
A festive beverage (or two) always makes for a happier holiday. Click here to see our recipes for mulled wine, minty hot chocolate, and cider bourbon punch. And if you don’t want to drink alone, facetime a friend and make cocktails together!
- A SWEETER SEASON
Cookies are a seasonal essential (if you ask us). Baking them is also a great activity to share with whoever is in your home. Here are 20 simple recipes to get you started, and if you want an even easier option, try our no-bake chocolate dipped pretzel recipe.
A Ho-Ho-Holiday Date Night
Staying home is no excuse for letting romance fizzle over the holidays. Even you don’t have a fire to cuddle up in front of, there’s easy to show your significant other lots of love this season.
- A FESTIVE FEAST FOR 2
A home-cooked meal is a sure way to their heart – especially at the holidays. Click here to see 10 easy ideas for dinner for two. (And don’t forget to set the table and add candles for ambiance!)
- SEASONAL SELF CARE
Treat you and your special someone to a night of self-care. Put on a comfy robe and a cute reindeer face mask to get you in the spirit or indulge in a candle-lit bubble bath. You can even treat yourselves to an early gift of giving each other massages.
- A VERY MERRY MOVIE NIGHT
Make some hot chocolate, pop some popcorn, and put on one of these romantic holiday movies to set the mood:
Get Cozy & Crafty
There’s no shortage of holiday crafting ideas out there. And it’s one of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to celebrate the season. Here are a few of our favorites.
- LOOK TO THE PAST
Simple ideas from the past can provide lots of inspiration for future craft projects. Making candles, a homemade, threaded garland, or cinnamon ornaments are all comforting ways to get crafty. Click here to see all the details on 5 new ways to use old fashioned ideas.
- A WINTERY WREATH
Indoors or out, a wreath is a lovely way to deck the halls. And making your own is a lot easier than you think. Check out the guides here and here for two different holiday variations you can make with just a few materials.
- CRAFTS FOR KIDS
With a few supplies (you probably already have on hand) you can provide hours of entertainment to little ones, and help them express their holiday creativity.
- Christmas Tree Whirligig – A clever hanging tree made from a paper plate.
- Santa Slime – Sticky holiday slime (complete with a cute Santa mason jar to store it in).
- Paper Plate Masks – They can pretend to be Santa or a snowman with these simple seasonal masks.
- Masking Tape Menorah – Light up a room with a cute menorah made from masking tape and paint.