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Top 12 Things to Do This Holiday Season

Updated: Jan 18

The Holidays have arrived and you want to make sure you do all of the holiday related items on your Holiday Bucket List.  Whether you have kids or not, it is always great to partake in the holiday activities.

I have made a list of the top 12 things to do this Holiday Season.

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1. Bake Cookies

What better activity to do with kids, but to bake cookies and make your house smell like sugar or gingerbread. I love to participate in cookie exchanges so I make a lot of cookies.  Most years I end up making 10 to 12 dozen cookies.  After they have cooled, I use a large airtight container I own and I store all of the cookies in my freezer.  I am able to pull out a few at a time to eat or bring to get togethers.

2. Go Ice Skating

Today, my daughter looked out the window and exclaimed, “Mommy, it’s snowing! Can we go ice skating?” It was the first snowfall of the season and unfortunately for her it will not stick because it is only the beginning of November. We do plan on taking her ice skating for the first time this year and I cannot wait to experience this with her.

3. Go Sledding

We will need more snow for this, but sledding is one of the best activities to do in the winter. You can feel like a kid again as you fly down a hill with no control, just hoping you don’t take out some unsuspecting person. We will be buying a couple new sleds this year for our kids. I purchased these sleds for my nieces last year off of Amazon and they are the perfect size, so I’ll be purchasing the same ones for my kids this year. I love that an adult can fit on the sled with a kid!

4. Build a Snowman

I won’t get the song stuck in your head, but it is a lot of fun to build snowmen. If you prefer not to search for coal and use a real carrot, there are Snowmen Kits you can buy off of Amazon. We use this Snowman Kit and I don’t have to worry about my carrot rotting.

5. Go Skiing or Snowboarding

If you don’t already know how to ski or snowboard, it’s never too late to learn. Throw on a pair of skis and hit the bunny hill. When you’re done, you can stop into the ski chalet and have a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up.

6. Watch Holiday Movies

We have started a tradition to watch a different Christmas themed movie every night. We start on Black Friday and continue until New Years. It’s my favorite way to end out the year on a happy note. There are so many holiday themed movies, there is no way you could run out.

Check out my Quiz to see if you can Name These Christmas Movies.

7. Mail a Letter to Santa

My daughter is so excited to write and mail her letter to Santa this year. She has mentioned already how she wants to go see Santa and give him her letter. Many Post Offices have a mail box specifically for letters to Santa that you can drop your letter off in. She mailed her letter out last year by dropping it in this mail box and she received everything she asked Santa for. It’s a fun activity for kids or those kids at heart.

8. Take Christmas Photos

Whether you hire a professional or you take the pictures yourself with your smartphone, taking family photos dressed up in color coordinated outfits can be so much fun. I love to dress up my family in nice outfits (husband included) and take pictures we can send to family and friends on a Christmas card.  This brings me to...

9. Send out Christmas Cards

What better way to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to your family and friends than to mail out pictures of your family. Many people think it’s cheesy, but I love getting Christmas cards in the mail every year to hang up in my entry way. It’s just a nice tradition to continue every year.

10. Sit on Santa’s Lap

Go take your picture with Santa or take your children to see Santa. Either way, it’s a fun tradition and can be used for Christmas cards if you want. I have some wonderful pictures of my daughter crying with Santa. Funny part was, my husband and I are in the picture and she is sitting on my lap!

11. Go Look at Christmas Lights

One of the activities we love to do is drive at night to look at all of the Christmas lights. There are some beautiful homes and a lot of people do a fantastic job decorating their homes. There is also a local Lights display you can pay to drive through and it takes you along the lake.

12. Make a Homemade Gift

My family members receive homemade gifts every year. This tradition originally started because I was a broke college student who couldn’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on Christmas presents. Many years later and I still continue making my immediate family members gifts because they continue to be my favorite gifts to give out. I have made snow globes, blankets, scarves, heating pads, spices, photo coasters, family recipe books, wooden wall signs, calendars, mugs, and more. Check out these Personalized Christmas Mugs I made during the pandemic. You can learn how to etch designs into glass yourself.

These are just a few of my favorite family activities to do during the holidays. As long as I’m with my family and making memories, I know we are going to have fun.

What kind of holiday activities do you like to partake in during the holiday season?

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