It’s time for one of the most wonderful times of the year! Some people may complain about all the gifts that have to be bought and the hustle and bustle, but I love the holiday spirit, the extra special time spent with family, and picking out gifts for everyone. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, you’re one of my humans, and I like you.” Twinkling lights, hot cocoa, the smell of cinnamon, who couldn’t love that? So to get all of your Scrooge butts in gear and holiday cheer, I’ve made you a list of 25 days of things to do this Christmas season! Enjoy.
The first thing anyone should do in order to get into the Christmas spirit is put up the Christmas tree! Make it extra special and pick out a live one. The smell of a real tree + twinkle lights= instant Christmas vibes. Make sure to drink hot cocoa and listen to a Christmas station.
Let everyone in your family pick out a new ornament for the tree. This has become one of our favorite yearly traditions.
Create a Christmas playlist to listen to all month, or pick out your favorite radio station that’s playing Christmas music.
Attend a local Christmas parade or event going on in your community.
Have your picture made with Santa Claus! Or you know… just let your little kids have their picture made…if you’re boring.
Make a Christmas card to send out to your friends and family. Think cheesy Christmas sweaters on you and your cats, while you all look off into the distance.
Fill your house with a delicious Christmas scent by simmering cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, apples, and orange peels on the stove or in your slow cooker.
Make popcorn and cranberry garlands! I’ve always wanted to do this classic activity, and I’m determined that this year’s the year!
Buy a gift for someone less fortunate. Some great programs if you don’t know of anyone are The Angel Tree through the Salvation Army or Toys for Tots.
Wrap some Christmas presents to make the space under your tree look less depressing. If you’re a procrastinator I suppose you can just throw some teddy bears under there.
Pick someone to give a super meaningful gift to, like a blanket with your face on it.
Attend a Christmas play or ballet, such as the Nutcracker.
Go on the hunt for the perfect Christmas sweater! Thrift stores usually have quite the selection.
Make some yummy scented cinnamon ornaments in all sorts of fun holiday shapes.
Watch a Christmas movie. My top picks are The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, and Gremlins.
Find the Scrooge in your life, and annoy them by singing them Christmas carols.
Find some mistletoe and give someone a smooch, even if it’s just your dog.
Drive around at night to look at all the Christmas lights, while drinking hot cocoa, eating popcorn, and listening to a Christmas radio station.
Have a Christmas party with your friends. Play themed Dirty Santa, such as with gag gifts, ornaments, or scarves. If you’re lucky enough to have snow (or unlucky depending on your perspective), then have a snowball fight!
Bake gingerbread men cookies, and deliver them to someone with a cute Christmas card. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have the self-control to be a good person when it comes to cookies, so I’ll probably be eating mine…
Cut out paper snowflakes, and hang them up around your house.
Watch all the animated Christmas specials that were made in the 60s and 70s.
Fill a stocking with all sorts of goodies, and leave it for someone as a surprise who could really use some holiday cheer.
Open up an early gift, and then bake some cookies for Santa Claus. Make sure you test one first though, just to make sure they are ok…
Create a new holiday tradition, such as wearing matching pajamas Christmas morning or having waffles for breakfast. Oh, and enjoy a special day with the people you love.
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