The Best Ways to Spend the Christmas Holiday at Home


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In the festive season of spreading joy and giving gifts of love, we understand the struggle of missing those we love on a holiday based on bringing the family together but what better way than spending it at home. Your family may cherish your safety over your accepted invitation to come over.

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From chestnuts roasting on an open fire to Jack Frost nipping at your nose, this Christmas jingle rang joy through the holidays in almost every home. Listing the winter characters and jolly activities associated with the upcoming festivity. Unfortunately, this time of the year does not bring families together but instead relies on them staying apart. That does not mean you can’t experience the wintertime season but just do it from the comfort of your own home. Season greetings to the nostalgic traditions we are bringing back. Gingerbread decorating contest, to do it yourself crafts that spread holly jolly Christmas throughout the home, and a non-stop express train of Christmas films the family will enjoy with hot chocolate.

Gingerbread Decorum 

Drawing the look of icing ugly sweaters and candy eyes, the tradition of gingerbread making is an easy and delicious tradition to bring this holiday. The ideas could be endless treats or candy competitions to a sweet treat showcase, it is not hard to get your hands on some gingerbread making kits. This season bundles of gingerbread people, houses, treehouses, and campers can be found at your local Target ranging from a price of $9.99 to $7.99 but the price may vary for some items. There are also baking recipes you can find online to make these winter wonderland treats at the comfort of your own home. 

Christmas Crafts

Whether you found yourself on the side of naughty or nice everyone deserves the gift of joy, possibly turning the grinch into a kind-hearted soul. Supplying us with many inspirations, Pinterest has a variety of Christmas DIYs to choose from. Like personalizing your very own advent calendar for a loved one with the gifts you picked out just for them or maybe you can fill it with that will keep them sane and safe during this pandemic. It’s simple all they have to do is break open the day and watch their face light up. Another craft for the younger siblings and or kids is adorable popsicle stick ornaments. Ranging from Frosty the Snowman to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, just a few crafts supplies are needed. Grab some popsicle sticks, paint the characters you chose, and add some colorful buttons. Now you have some festive characters to hang up on your tree.

Christmas Movie Marathon

Grab some pillows and blankets and don’t forget the popcorn too. Although theaters may be closed you can still bring the experience right to your home. With plenty of Christmas movie goodies that came out throughout these years. We racked up a list of movies you can binge when you’re stuck at home this Christmas. The article “Top Five Christmas Review” by Jordan McGowan is sure to give feedback on must-watch movies that are sure to get you in the festive spirit. I recommend staying at home and binge the list to keep you company.

Holiday Recipes 

Candy cane stripes and chestnut mocha are great treats to have during the winter season. Holiday spritz cookies look too good to eat. These adorable cookies are sure to impress your parents with your baking and decorating skills. Most of the ingredients can be found at home to minimize outside contact and a serving size of 40. That’s enough to feed Santa and all his reindeers. The next recipe is a classic, but with a twist. Turn those original gingerbread cookies and milk chocolate sandwiches. It is only seven simple steps that only take 30 minutes to bakes. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cookies right out of the oven? The frosting is an adding flavoring to the already delicious treat so why not mix it up if you have a family of sweet teeth.    

Although this year has been a flop let’s end this year with a banger with the Christmas holiday. These activities are sure to keep you and your family busy and safe for this holiday. This is the season of gift-giving and Covid is not a present anyone would like so let’s not spread it.