Most of us are familiar with the classic Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." And while we’d be impressed if you decide to go all out on twelve days of holiday cheer, you can also opt for three super fun Christmas-themed activities to get you into the spirit instead.
Of course, we have nothing against a partridge in a pear tree and six-hens-a-laying, but these might be slightly harder to pull off than some other, more practical holiday activities (have you ever tried to fit six hens into your living room? It’s no easy task!).
Read on for three super fun and in-theme activities that you and yours can enjoy this season that might be a bit easier than the whole two turtle dove thing.
Speaking of Christmas carols, first up on our list is all about decking the halls.
Transforming your home into a winter wonderland isn’t just a fun experience in and of itself, it’s also a great way to kick off the holiday season. Once your home feels festive and holiday-ready, every other event and in-theme activity will feel that much more, well, in-theme!
To make this activity even more special, get the whole family involved while you hang your personalized Christmas stockings on the mantel, wrap fresh garlands around the banister, decorate the Christmas tree with all of your favorite ornaments, hang a wreath on your front door to bring some holiday cheer to the whole neighborhood, and even swap out your regular sheets and bedding for festive and cozy Christmas bedding.
To get the whole family in the spirit, turn decorating the house into an even more festive activity by wearing your matching family Christmas pajamas, like oh-so-classic red plaid flannel or a knit Fair Isle set. Wearing your matching PJs will also make for some amazing photo ops once the house is ready!
Now that your home is bursting at the seams with Christmas magic, what better way to enjoy the space and vibe that you’ve created than by hosting an intimate holiday happy hour?
Hosting a holiday happy hour is the perfect way to gather with a few close friends or family members if you don’t want to commit to hosting a larger soiree or an entire dinner. Instead, opt for an early evening of themed cocktails or mocktails, like mulled wine, eggnog, or a cranberry mocktail. Take your Christmas beverages to the next level with festive garnishes, and if you have leftover garnishes, add them to your cheese or charcuterie board to make the finger foods feel on-theme as well.
So you can focus on enjoying the event, opt for a fuss-free yet festive outfit that’ll make hosting feel like a breeze. A sweater dress with tights, a statement necklace, and ankle booties can be the perfect holiday happy hour look since it’s dressy yet simple and comfortable. Or, go with a women's cashmere sweater in a festive shade like red, forest green, or ivory with black jeans or wide-leg dress pants and ballet flats. Add some candy cane earrings to complete this look with a little nod to the spirit of holiday cheer.
And if you don’t have people nearby that you’re able to host, don’t fret! Simply opt for a virtual holiday happy hour instead that friends and family near and far can dial into. You can even send them the cocktail and mocktail recipes you plan on making in advance of the event so everyone can enjoy the same drinks!
Building a gingerbread house can be the perfect Christmas-themed activity, especially for kiddos or if you have some holiday house guests staying with you.
Throw on an outfit that’s festive, comfortable yet cute, and won’t be damaged by a little sugar exposure. A classic flannel shirt or your comfiest pullover Christmas sweater will pair perfectly with some cozy fleece-lined leggings or your go-to day-off jeans for your day of gingerbread magic.
Pick up a few gingerbread house kits and spread a holiday-themed table cloth over your kitchen or dining room table that you don't mind getting a bit dirty since there are likely to be some icing spills and runaway gingerbread crumbs. Don’t forget to turn on some holiday music to have in the background while you craft gumdrop chimneys and candy cane fences.
It’ll be easy to get into the holiday spirit and lean into that Christmas joy when you plan fun activities like decorating the house in matching PJs, hosting a small holiday happy hour with in-theme drinks and treats, and crafting the most epic gingerbread houses ever. Just don't forget to take some pictures to get you through the rest of the year until you’re dusting off those Christmas decorations again!