"There's no place like home for the holidays"... Well, in 2020, it's time to get a little creative since most of us are unable to safely make a trip home for the holidays. Due to the pandemic, many families have decided to celebrate individually instead of in large groups. Many might even find themselves celebrating alone. If that's the case for you or your family, have no fear — there are so many fun quarantine Christmas ideas you can do while still safely social distancing!
Below are some fun ideas to make the holidays special even if it's not the traditional celebration you're used to,
Decorate as Festively as Possible
You're going to spend a lot of time at home this holiday season, so you might as well make the winter wonderland of your dreams. Also, don't set a timeline of when you need to take down the decorations. No once is able to come over to judge you anyway, so who says you can't leave it up until February?
Assemble a Pre-made Breakfast
Instead of jumping right into cooking on Christmas morning, take some time to relax! Prep a hearty breakfast the night before or make a breakfast casserole so all you have to do on Christmas morning is pop it in the oven to reheat it.
Make a Commemorative Ornament
The 2020 holiday season is one to remember, that's for sure— so why not make an ornament to remember it by? Mix a salt dough recipe (easy how-to here) and make a handprint, your pet's pawprint, or use a cookie-cutter to give your ornament a fun shape. Don't forget to include the year!
Decorate Christmas Cookies
Baking cookies is a great daytime activity to make your home smell delicious and keep yourself busy. Before you get started, make sure you have all your supplies like some fun cookie cutters, different colored frostings, and decorations on hand.
Make Christmas Masks
If you have paper plates, using them to make Christmas masks is a really fun craft for the kiddos that will keep them busy for quite a while! Here is an easy how-to for some inspiration.
Watch Christmas Movies
Having a movie marathon is the perfect way to spend the time between opening presents and dinner. Don't forget to have treats and cocktails (or mocktails!) ready!
Do a Holiday Puzzle.
Doing a puzzle is a relaxing way to wind down Christmas day. While you work, enjoys some of the cookies you decorated earlier in the day!
Host a Virtual Holiday Party
Just because you can't get together in person doesn't mean you can't see your friends and family on Christmas. Send everyone a Zoom link and host your own holiday party online. You can even line up a few games to play and wear a festive sweater.
Cook a Festive Meal
For many, dinner is the secondmain event on Christmas day. Just because you have fewer people to feed this year doesn't mean you shouldn't put in the effort to make it a delicious meal. Decide on a menu ahead of time and make sure you have all the ingredients necessary to put together a proper Christmas feast.
If you're lucky enough to have a white Christmas, set aside a few hours to go sledding or build snowmen!
Look at Christmas lights
If the weather is nice, you can go on a walk around the neighborhood to look at everyone's Christmas lights. If it's a bit chillier, go on a drive instead. Many cities have amazing drive-through light display options that are really affordable or even free of charge. So load up the car with snacks and listen to Christmas music while taking in the sights!