The gift wrapping has been torn apart, and the routine special meals are gradually vanishing. Indeed, there’s something about this particular Christmas holiday that can give the sensation of having lived an entire day by noon. Consequently, it’s no wonder you might find yourself in search of fresh ideas for activities on Christmas Day in 2023.
Fear not, as we’ve got you covered with a collection of festive and entertaining suggestions to fill the hours. From organizing a movie night featuring your beloved Christmas films to engaging in Christmas-themed arts and crafts, we’ve compiled a range of activities.
Whether you’re celebrating with your extended family or enjoying a cosy day with your significant other, these activities are sure to keep you in high spirits throughout the day.
1. Tour the Christmas Lights
Extend the enjoyment of the Christmas holiday magic by ensuring you take a stroll through your brightly lit neighbourhood (or a nearby one) on Christmas Day.
If the weather proves too chilly for a walking tour, you can always opt for a festive drive-thru Christmas lights experience with the family.
2. Watch a Christmas Movie
…or maybe even a few. Whether it’s black-and-white classics that leave you misty-eyed under the mistletoe or slapstick holiday favourites that bring joy to the whole family, there’s an abundance of fantastic Christmas movies to suit every audience.
Round up your friends or enjoy a cosy solo session for a Christmas Day movie marathon that promises a store of holiday vibes, perfectly complemented by a sizzling cocktail.
3. Cook a Christmas Day Feast
The holiday season revolves around cherished moments with loved ones, and what better method to unite people than with a substantial array of delectable dishes?
With a solid month to recuperate from Thanksgiving, it’s time to don your oven mitts once more and assemble your culinary team for a delightful few hours in the kitchen.
The result will be a spread worthy of Instagram and a scrumptious, indulgent feast befitting the occasion, made even more enjoyable by the company you share it with.
4. Clean Up and Donate
What better way to embrace the holiday spirit on Christmas Day than by giving back? However, if the sudden urge to volunteer strikes, it’s worth noting that most nonprofits experience a surge in support during the holidays and often require assistance at other times of the year.
Instead, channel your inner quest, create space for your new acquisitions, and then consider donating gently used items to organizations in need. Not only will decluttering feel satisfying, but scientific research indicates that acts of kindness contribute to increased happiness.
5. Make It a Themed Family Game Night
Not in the mood for an extensive outing on Christmas Day? We understand, especially when the allure of the fire pit is so irresistible.
The holiday season is an ideal time to snuggle up and unwind, and if you feel the need for some additional entertainment, why not turn it into a game night?
To maintain the festive atmosphere, we recommend focusing on holiday-themed games. The good news is that this can be accomplished even if your game collection lacks holiday options.
6. Go for a Nature Walk
After consuming your body weight in stuffing, step outside for some exercise and fresh air. Bundle up in your beautiful clothes and take a leisurely walk in the great outdoors.
If a state park isn’t conveniently nearby, any other natural setting will suffice. And for the adults in the group, why not consider using one of these hot cocktails as a delicious hand warmer?
7. Get Crafty with “Thank You” Cards
Expressing gratitude through thank-you cards is a Christmas tradition that often slips through the cracks if not approached with vigilance.
Prevent this oversight by turning it into a Christmas Day activity, adding an extra layer of enjoyment by getting creative with it.
Grab your scrapbooking supplies, embark on an art project, and seize the opportunity to convey your appreciation—helping you avoid the cardinal sin of forgetting whether it was your grandma or your great-aunt who gifted you those cosy slippers.
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