Christmas, which is observed on December 25, is a holy religious event as well as a global cultural and economic phenomenon. People have been celebrating it with customs and rituals that are both religious and secular in nature for two millennia now. Christmas Day is marked by Christians as the anniversary of the birth of the spiritual figure whose teachings serve as the foundation of their faith, Jesus of Nazareth. Popular traditions include giving gifts, putting up Christmas trees, going to church, gathering with loved ones for feasts, and, of course, watching for Santa Claus. Since 1870, the United States has observed December 25 as a federal holiday known as Christmas Day.
Watch a Christmas Movie ( Christmas Day on in 2022 )
There are plenty of great Christmas movies for any audience to enjoy, ranging from nostalgic black-and-white classics (It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone?) to hilarious seasonal favorites that will cheer up the whole family. For a Christmas Day viewing experience that guarantees plenty of festive vibes and goes well with a hot beverage, gather your friends or cuddle up alone. Not sure which movie to pick? Find a feel-good movie for viewers of all ages by looking through our choice of Christmas classics.
Tour the Christmas Lights
The environment can appear a little dull once the leaves have all fallen from the trees and winter has arrived, especially in the lack of recently fallen snow. Because of this, the appearance of elaborate and beautiful Christmas light displays is a sight to behold. Make it a point to take a tour of your neighborhood’s (or a nearby neighborhood’s) holiday illuminations on Christmas Day to prolong the joy of the season. You can always pack the family into the car for a drive-through Christmas lights event if it’s too chilly to go on a tour on foot. (Note: Christmas cookies and hot cocoa are optional but greatly encouraged.)
Clean Up and Donate ( Christmas Day on in 2022 )
Giving back is the best way to get into the festive mood on Christmas Day. But if you find yourself suddenly motivated to volunteer, remember that the majority of NGOs are overrun over the holidays and actually require assistance at other times of the year. Instead, clear some space for your new acquisitions by employing your best Marie Kondo techniques, after which you should donate gently worn items to charities like the Salvation Army, Dress for Success, Goodwill, and Soles4Souls. In addition to feeling fantastic about making some extra room in the closet, studies have shown that being good to others makes individuals happy.
Prepare a Christmas Eve feast
The purpose of the holidays is to spend time with loved ones, and what better way to do that than with an abundance of delectable food? Get your oven gloves back on and gather your helpers for a few hours in the kitchen now that you’ve had a full month to recoup from Thanksgiving. The result will be an Instagram-worthy spread and an opulent supper befitting the celebration, made even better by the company you enjoy it with.
Make a theme for your family’s game night ( Christmas Day on in 2022 )
Not interested in a long excursion on Christmas Day? We can’t really blame you because the fire pit is so alluring. In fact, the holiday season is a great time to unwind, and if you’re looking for something extra to do, just turn the night into a game night. We advise sticking to holiday-themed games to keep things feeling joyful. The good news is that you can still accomplish this even if your game collection doesn’t already include seasonal titles. Check out our list of family-friendly Christmas games (as well as a few mature titles) and start playing.
Take a nature stroll
It’s time to get some exercise and fresh air outside after eating your body weight in stuffing. Put on your winter coat and take a stroll in nature (any other natural area would do if there isn’t a state park within reasonable driving distance). And for the adults in the party, may we advise warming your hands with one of these wonderful hot cocktails?
Construct a gingerbread house
This traditional holiday pastime is a great way to spend time with the family and is also a craft that is especially kid-friendly (just beware the sugar rush). The interactive project will keep everyone occupied after the mad rush to open presents has subsided, and the prospect of future eating should keep the Christmas joy alive for at least a few more days. Tip: For an additional challenge, attempt to replicate some of your favorite decorations by making gingerbread houses after taking a tour of your neighborhood’s Christmas lights.