The essence of the holiday season calls us all home. Whether it be a journey cross country to a far off relative’s or you yourself are the beacon welcoming everyone home, the spirit of the season is alive in your home.
When it comes to staying home for the holidays, there’s plenty of things to do to keep you and your loved ones entertained. From decking the halls to baking fresh cookies, you have the power to enjoy a stress free holiday staycation at home. Enjoy a comfy holiday season with inspiration for inviting the spirit of the season into your home.
Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch him, he’s the gingerbread man! But where is the quick and easy man to lay his head if not for a home of his own? This holiday season, get to work on your greatest renovation feat yet by taking on a gingerbread housing project.
If weather permits, take the fun outside and sprawl out on your outdoor veranda. Patio chair covers aside, all you need for a fun gingerbread house is gram crackers, icing (or frosting, if you prefer) and loads of your favorite sweeties to both decorate with and snack on between blueprint brainstorms.
Cook it Your Way
Preparing meals that will make your loved ones feel cozy and warm should be on the top of your holiday at home wish list.. Cook dishes you’ve never tried your hands at before. When putting together festive meals, you can add a unique touch to them by adopting offbeat styling techniques. You can arrange the food in holiday-themed patterns and serve it on beautifully festive plates.
Build a Fire
What’s a cozy holiday scene without a warm fireplace at your home? The holiday season isn’t complete without chatting and snuggling up by the fireplace’s warm kindling glow. Top your fireside evening off with a holiday movie marathon, featuring staples of the season.
You can even use your outdoor fire pit area to spend quality time with your loved ones. However, before going inside, ensure that you protect your fire pit with fire pit covers when flames die down.
Wrap it Up
Wrapping presents is an activity that everyone looks forward to. The onset of the holiday season calls for busting out the bows, ribbons, fun wrapping paper, and more.
This is your chance to unleash the creative and passionate Holiday guru in you and get super fancy with your gift wrapping skills. Rather than wrapping up the gifts in a hurry, take some time to make your gifts look extra special.
Gathering donations for a local shelter in need of generosity is the best and easiest way to embody the spirit of the season. Between the odds and ends both lying around your home and those brought along by family, you can gather plenty of clothes for a drive in your community, a shelter just blocks away from your home, or a local ministry. The possibilities for giving back are endless this holiday season.
Another vital aspect to generosity during the holiday season is donating meals to those who might otherwise go hungry. You have two options for giving back here. You can skip the middleman and cook directly for a family you know needs a little extra cheer. Or, you can more discreetly donate non-perishables and groceries to a shelter that feeds the less fortunate in your community.
We’re a Tight-Knit Bunch
Entertaining guests in December doesn’t have to be stressful. You can invite some of your closest friends for wreath making, cookie decorating, or even gift wrapping.
Use holiday-themed sofa covers for making your guests feel the spirit of the season. Make your party a potluck so that all you have to do is play some tunes and uncork your favorite bottle of wine.
Last Year is History
Before 2021 comes to an end, take a walk down the memory lane and look back at the resolutions you made last December (or January). Is there something you’ve not done yet?
There’s still some time left to end the year on a productive note and do what you’ve always wanted to do. While you’re at it, feel proud and fulfilled of yourself and pat yourself on the back for all you’ve achieved in 2021.
Get Your Finances in Order
While this may not be a precisely fun activity, as the year wraps up, this is the perfect time to keep a check on your finances and set financial goals for 2022. Regardless of whether you’re setting a financial plan for yourself or with a partner, have a candid conversation about saving, budgeting, and goals for the upcoming year.