BY JULIANA LABIANCA AND LIZZ SCHUMER for Good Housekeeping
No matter how old you are, there’s just something about the magic of waking up on Christmas morning that makes even the most Scrooge-hearted among us feel like little kids again. But the lead-up to the big day? It can be more stressful than holiday shopping season in Whoville. Before you start worrying about the cleaning that’s still not done, when you should start roasting the Christmas ham and how to keep excited kids from bouncing off the walls once the gift unwrapping frenzy ends — remind yourself that Christmas is about so much more than opening presents and throwing that Instagram-perfect party. This year more than ever, we’re also doing our very best to cherish e very one of these special moments with our loved ones.
To help take some of the stress out of the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve gathered some of the best Christmas activities you can do with family and friends — or even enjoy solo if your calendar is as clear as a crisp wintery morning. From making Christmas ornaments, whipping up some showstopping treats to building a fort fit for a snow queen, many of these ideas will help you entertain guests of all ages. If you still need even more ways to get into the holly jolly spirit, try adding a few of these Christmas traditions to your schedule and watch the memory-making moments start rolling in. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take a few minutes to appreciate them this season.
- Make Santa his own key
For families that live in apartment buildings or houses without chimneys, settle the kids’ questions by crafting Santa his very own key. Decorate a tag that sets it apart as such, for a fun Christmas craft.
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