The holiday season, specifically Christmas time, captivates my soul. Maybe it’s the idea of seeing friends and family that I don’t normally get to see, the idea of sharing meals with people that are dear to my heart, or the mere thought of most of humanity being a bit more chipper. Whatever the reason, I’m sure you can probably identify with me on this one. While I always enjoy the end product of a family get-together, shared meal, party, etc., the planning can certainly be stressful. To get away from the stress, I love finding Christmas/Winter-related things to do that lift my holiday spirits even more!
If you know the feeling of holiday stress, or are just looking for fun activities to do with your friends and family, here are a few cheap/free activities for you to try:
1. Drive around looking at Christmas lights and decorations. In high school, my best friend and I started a yearly tradition: we would hop in the car, swing by Starbucks for some peppermint hot chocolate (YUM!), and head to the “fancy” neighborhoods of our area to look at the Christmas lights. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. If you’re not one for driving around random neighborhoods, you can always find somewhere that has a Christmas light display. The Kentucky Horse Park puts on a massive display each year for you to drive through. It does cost some money, but is totally worth it when you split the cost with a car full of friends!
2. Go sledding or ice skating. Despite my extreme distaste for cold weather, I love going sledding and ice skating. For me, it’s just a fun way to just ignore life’s worries and be a kid again. Sledding and ice skating are great ways to get your friends together for a fun activity and enjoy a fun, light-hearted time together.
3. Watch Christmas movies. Whether you’re into the classics like “Home Alone” or “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” or have an obsession with Hallmark Christmas movies, curling up under a fluffy blanket and watching a Christmas movie is a great way to relax after a long day. I’m not going to lie - I am quite the sucker for all the Hallmark movies. Do they all basically have the same story line? Yep. Am I going to watch as many as humanly possible? Also yes.
4. Decorate a gingerbread house - or have a contest! Nothing reminds me of my childhood more than making gingerbread houses. These days, they have relatively cheap kits that come with the house already assembled for you and a multitude of candy to choose from. It’s fun to get a little messy and make an edible masterpiece!
5. Mail Christmas cards. In today’s world of technology, handwritten letters/cards are a bit obsolete. I know I personally love to receive letters and cards in the mail, and it brings me a lot of joy to send them as well! Christmas cards are a great, simple way to let someone know you’re thinking of them this holiday season. Plus, they can provide a small bit of decoration for your home!
The Christmas season can be full of stressful planning in preparation for family events. Instead of giving in and letting stress win, try one of these low-cost activities to take a breather and relax a bit!
Merry Christmas, friends!