Let’s be real, most of the buzz surrounding the month of December is solely due to the most awaited holiday of the year, Christmas! And while there are various ways of celebrating this holiday, there are certain things you can do to make sure that you celebrate Christmas the right way and have the best day of the year!
To make sure that you have a smooth Christmas Day, you need to start preparing beforehand. So let’s get into how you can celebrate Christmas.
10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas the Right Way!
#1 Set up Christmas Decor
The first step to getting ready for Christmas is to put up your Christmas decorations! Most Christmas lovers start putting up their lights, trees, garlands, decorated wreaths, and whatnot right after Thanksgiving or at the start of December!
Now there are different steps to getting your house decorated for the holiday season to match your holiday spirit.
First and foremost, you need a Christmas tree. This can be a fake one or a real one depending on your choice, the availability of trees, and your budget. While most families prefer to decorate the main area of their house, such as their living rooms with a big tree, you can always decorate your room or personal office spaces with a small fake desk tree.
Decorate the tree that you’ve gotten with your favorite ornaments, ribbons, and a lot of string lights!
Another classic Christmas decoration idea is putting up Christmas stockings (to be filled with presents) for each member of the family. Stockings usually hold candies or smaller presents and are usually hung on staircases or on top of the fireplace!
Add some decorative wreaths to your doors, hang up some holly and mistletoe around the house, get your favorite Christmas scented candles out and you’re good to go!
#2 Get into the Christmas spirit
Now that you’ve gotten the decor out of the way, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit!
To get into the holiday spirit, bake delicious cookies (sugar cookies, gingerbread, and snickerdoodles are a staple for Christmas!), listen to endless Christmas music, and wind the night down with a classic Christmas movie such as “Elf” or “The Grinch” etc.
A lot of people love doing advent calendars with their families to get in the spirit. If you didn’t know an advent calendar is a calendar that counts down the days until Christmas and is made to hold a gift for you to open on each day.
#3 Prepare for Santa Claus
One of the kids’ most beloved Christmas traditions is preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. This is usually done by preparing a plate of cookies for Santa, and leaving it out by the tree with a glass of milk. Christmas Eve is just as important as Christmas day; in fact, some people love Christmas Eve more than Christmas day because this night truly gets you into the Christmas spirit!
#4 Christmas gifts!
Christmas truly does feel incomplete without presents! While Christmas isn’t about giving and receiving gifts, there is a special joy in setting up all the gifts under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and then getting to open them the next morning. A lot of people go all out with their gifts, wrapping them up in holiday themes wrapping paper with a ribbon, and topping them off with a holiday card!
A tip I have for you is to not leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute! Despite how much time you think you might have, it’s good to get most of your Christmas shopping done a good week before the actual Christmas day. That way you won’t have to spend your last day running around, and trying to find items that are no longer in stock, simply because everyone got to them first!
#5 Secret Santa
One of people’s most beloved Christmas traditions is secret Santa. A lot of large families, workplaces, and friend groups love doing secret Santa because instead of having to get everyone a gift, each person only has to buy a gift for one other person, which saves everyone a lot of money!
Essentially, in secret Santa, you put the names of the people involved into a hat or a container and give it a good shake. Then, pass the container around and have everyone select a name at random. The person whose name you pick is the person you are going to be buying a present for! It’s also a good idea to set a budget for the gifts to make sure no one goes overboard or feels pressured to do too much!
This way, everyone gets a thoughtful and personalized gift and no one has to break their banks!
#6 Christmas Dinner
What are special occasions without food?
Christmas dinner is another, very fun, and fulfilling Christmas tradition. From preparing the food to getting the whole family together to eat it, it’s all a fun and rewarding way to spend your time with loved ones! A Christmas dinner traditionally includes a stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roast meat, and pies or puddings for dessert. This can be replaced with vegan or vegetarian options too!
If you’re hosting the dinner, it’s always a fun idea to wind down the evening with a few board games and some hot chocolate!
#7 Christmas carols
Every year, choir groups, families, and friends love to gather around and sing Christmas carols. Whether you’re caroling with your church on Christmas Eve, or gathering up your kids to go caroling around in your neighborhood, or singing around a piano after dinner, Christmas carols are a big part of Christmas. They put everyone in the jolliest moods! Some of the best carols include “Silent night”, “We three kings”, “God rest ye merry gentlemen”, “O holy night” and more!
#8 Don’t forget to volunteer and donate
It’s important to remember that the true spirit of Christmas lies not in presents and grand celebrations, but in giving back and repaying the kindness that you have experienced, to those that might not have. This is why; Christmas time is the perfect time to donate your old clothes, toys, and other belongings to a nearby shelter or charity home.
Along with that, you can go on clothing drives, volunteer at soup kitchens to hand out meals on Christmas, volunteer at animal shelters, or simply donate in any way you can. This is an especially good activity to do with your kids because alongside humbling them, it also makes them more appreciative of the things they already have!
#9 Christmas lights and ice skating
If you are looking for activities on Christmas day, two of the most common ones are going ice skating and driving around to look at Christmas lights. Usually on Christmas Eve, or after the daytime festivities of Christmas are over, families get in the cars and drive around their neighborhood to see how their neighbors have decked out their houses.
If you live in a snowy city, chances are, there’s going to be an ice rink in your area nearby, so you can go ice skating with family and friends! During Christmas time the ice rinks are decked out in fairy lights and surrounded by Christmas trees which make them even prettier to look at.
#10 Reflect on your blessings
When Christmas time rolls around, apart from getting hung up in the festivities, it’s always important to use some of this time to reflect on the blessings in your life. Whether it’s work, friends, family, or some special belongings, take the time to fully appreciate them and be thankful for them.
The holiday spirit puts everyone in an emotional mood and is the perfect time to get in touch with loved ones you haven’t spoken to in a while. Reach out, and let the people in your life know how much you miss them and how grateful you are for them!
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