The holiday season is the perfect time to kick back, unwind and spend quality time with your family. But while others might plan vacations away from home, maybe you prefer celebrating the season in the comfort of your own home.
If you’re needing some inspiration on holiday activities that don’t require travel, consider these family friendly ideas.
Nothing is more relaxing and comfortable than a cozy blanket, a hot cup of coffee and an enjoyable movie. Thankfully, there’s no short supply of classic holiday flicks playing throughout the season.
If you’re looking for a low-cost indoor activity, plan a family movie night and watch several of your favorites. Whether it’s Home Alone, National Lampoon or It’s a Wonderful Life, you’re likely to find a captivating film to entertain the entire crew—just don’t forget the popcorn.
With extra time on your hand, now’s the perfect time to show off your culinary skills.
But don’t just prepare a dinner feast for your family. Make it fun and bake up a few goodies, too.
You can stick with what you know like a cake or brownies, if it’s your specialty. Or make it interesting and bake cookies in the shape of a snowman, star, or tree.
To really get in the spirit, make gingerbread houses as a family. You can purchase gingerbread house kits in a box, or make your own gingerbread house from scratch using graham crackers, icing and other ingredients already in your kitchen.
Family game night
Nothing kills boredom faster than a family game night.
Be honest, when’s the last time you pulled out Monopoly, Scrabble, or Pictionary and embraced your competitive side?
Family games can provide hours of fun and laughter. But don’t limit the fun to those in your household. Host a Zoom game night, too, and get together with close friends and family. This is an excellent platform for a virtual scavenger hunt, or use the app Kahoot! to play a virtual trivia game.
Camp out in the living room
If it’s too cold to camp outside, bring the excitement to your living room.
Switch it up one night and host a living room camp out. Grab your sleeping bag, pillow or air mattress and sleep in front of the fireplace. But don’t just sleep—have fun with it.
Turn off the lights and play flashlight wars, prepare s’mores, pull out the playing cards, or sing and tell stories. Make it a night you’ll never forget.
Plan a bonfire
Another option is to take the fire and festivities outside. A bonfire on a chilly, winter night is a simple way to bring the family together. Sit around the fire while roasting marshmallows and sipping cocoa. You can unwind, enjoy a little conversation and create new memories.
As the saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” This holiday season, find new ways to make memories with those you love. Home is the perfect place to start.