Merry almost Christmas and Happy Holidays! I wanted to pop in for a quick post today to wish you all a happy holiday, no matter where you are :) And, just to add some fun, I figured I’d make it a challenge and include some must-do Christmas activities. So whether you live somewhere cold and snowy, or are enjoying your holidays on the beach… you can certainly check these off your list!
Now, I know that sometimes lists that start with “MUST” do or see tend to get a little carried away. But I promise, not only are these activities universal AND easy to accomplish but they can most likely be completed no matter how much time you have left. And I mean, no one will blame you if you skip one or two (or defer them until after December 25th!).
This post was originally published December 24, 2016. It has been refreshed and republished December 23, 2022.
In no particular order… here are some must-do activities!
Must-Do Christmas Activities
1. Bake and/or eat Cookies
Cookies are such a quintessential Christmas tradition, you cannot spend the holidays without indulging a little. Have allergies or other intolerances? You can always bake treats and gift them to your friends and family. (PS: try this cookie recipe!)
2. Spot Santa
Maybe you saw Santa at the mall, maybe he visits your family during your gathering? Whatever the occasion (and no matter where you are located)… be sure to get a sneak peek once! Been a hermit in the house all winter? Check those skies on Christmas eve, because you just might see his twinkling sleigh in the sky!
3. Visit Friends/Family
Christmas is definitely the time to visit your loved ones, whether you celebrate the actual 25th or not. So, take some time off work (or enjoy the days off you do get) and plan to spend it with those you love. Can’t physically visit anyone? The future is now people! Get on the internet and plan a “face-to-face” meeting.
Donate things (like I did years ago with my Naughty or Nice Advent Calendar), donate money to causes/charities you support, or donate your time and volunteer this season. Christmas is not about giving brand-new physical gifts, but “giving” a little bit of you (in any way that you can) to those who need it.
5. Spread Joy and be Merry!
This was definitely my motto a few years ago (check out the DIY sign on my Christmas mantel), and if you can’t do anything else on this list; at least try to spread some holiday cheer. Although, I know that the holiday season can be triggering for many – it’s always okay to skip the forced joy if you need to take a break.
But… I’m sure eating cookies will add some joy…
Want more Christmas activities and ideas?
- 25 (almost free) countdown activities from 3 Little Greenwoods
- Christmas Activity Bucket List from Craving Some Creativity
- 10 Christmas Traditions to Start this Year from Lydi Out Loud
- Toddler-Friendly Winter Bucket List and Favourite Christmas Traditions from Love and Renovations
Looking for other MUST-DO holiday traditions? Things that are super quick if you’re running out of time? How about…
- Drink hot chocolate
- Watch a holiday movie (or 2) – and yes, Die Hard counts!
- Decorate (something… anything!)
- Wrap gifts
- Sit by a fireplace (real, faux or the fireplace channel)
- Family fun night games
- Snuggle up in a blanket
Can you think of other “must-do” Christmas activities that anyone can do? I’d love to hear them! Honestly, I feel like I haven’t watched any Christmas movies this year, but then we counted them out and it’s been around 3-5. Of course, most were kid ones (Frosty/Elf on the Shelf) – but I’m looking forward to a little movie marathon soon.
And again, happy holidays and Merry Christmas :)