Christmas is coming faster than Santa can slide down a chimney at the scent of fresh-baked, lovingly made and carefully arranged cookies.
Since the big day is tomorrow, you might want to think of some things to do today, on Christmas Eve, to build up the enthusiasm for tomorrow and get into that good old fashioned deck the halls and sing some carols mood.
That is, unless you aren’t already bouncing up and down with joy! Which you probably are.
Hey, who can blame you? Christmas Eve and Christmas are that time of year when you have all the time in the world at your disposal to relax. And catch up with family and friends.
So, we’ve thought of 7 Christmas Eve things to do as suggestions for spending this time. Here we go.
1. Bell Extravaganza
If you long for the traditional feel of Christmas and the atmosphere in the Christmas-themed children stories, you can’t go wrong with a few bells. Or a LOT of bells. Ring-a-ding-ding to your heart’s content. Taking into account if others are bothered by the sound, of course. In which case, stop.
2. The Letter
As a child, you would refer to this letter as THE Letter On Which All Hopes Hang! So, if you feel nostalgic about those times, just write Santa what your heart desires, like you used to. Don’t leave him not knowing what to buy you so you end up getting something random. We’re sure the gift giver would appreciate it when the letter gets found. If you’re a parent, reading this… well, help your child with his Santa communication, ok?
3. Quality Time
You probably didn’t get the chance to spend some much needed time with your loved ones all year, with life as hectic as it is. If you feel like doing it, now is the time.
Get together for a movie. Or for playing some board games, cooking together, taking a walk or a road trip. You name it. Whatever works.
Just remember: all devices that keep you connected to the outside world should be off! This includes but is not limited to: smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, etc.
Oh, and it would be wise to obey the golden dinner rule and avoid discussions featuring topics that have a very high likelihood of ending in tensions. So: no politics, religion or sexual issues.
Many gifts. Give them or receive them. Preferably the latter scenario so you can hoard them in your epic Christmas dragon stash and gaze at the world, content, while gathering them in your mighty taloned wings. (Of course there’s a Christmas dragon gift hoard role-play tradition, don’t be silly!).
Seriously, gifts are the best no negative effects mood lifter out there. And now is the perfect time to abandon yourself in this activity. Especially if you’re the altruistic type and like to see people happy. Just don’t go overboard and think of your finances.
5. Everybody Sing Along
Perfect chance to prove that you have more talent than contestants for The Voice. Now is that time of year when people EXPECT you to sing publicly. Carols, of course.
There’s plenty out there to choose from. Traditional or modern, staples or more obscure, take your pick.
It’s also a social activity, as going caroling is usually more fun in large groups. Think of it as a wholesome karaoke, without the next-day regrets. Though no one’s saying there shouldn’t be any drinks involved. You can accept them if people offer, which they probably will.
6. Coziness Supreme
If you’re not into socializing, you can always use Christmas Eve as a day (evening) just for yourself. Since it’s the Christmas spirit, we’re sure that if you explain it nicely, all your family and friends will understand.
Then you can go completely off the grid and just snuggle into your most comfortable clothes, sit down by the fire in your most comfortable chair and read that book you’ve been wanting to read for a long time, or write in your journal (or for your very own book that you never had the time for), or just enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage and ponder.
Or snooze. Repeatedly. Whatever makes you happy as long as it’s comfortable and you feel like doing it.
I mean being cozy is not something to be trifled with. Scandinavians, like the Danes even have a specialized term for this feeling and associated activities called “hygge”.
7. Snow Fights
Granted, this one depends on the weather. But if you do have snow where you live, going out for a snow fight with family or friends is an energizing activity. All those competitive drives lurking inside each of us can be let out in a friendly and non-violent manner (you do know not to use hard snow or ice, right?).
And on top, you get a free sturdy work out to counter all those goodies you will eat in the holidays. And we say sturdy because you do want to win, right? Let no man or woman remain safe from your mighty projectile throwing prowess. Red and excited faces at the end of your session are a must. Along with a tad exertion.
And if you don’t have snow, there’s always alternatives so you can still enjoy this competitive, mock-battle fun. Why not take your friends and/or family to a paintball, laser-tag or air-soft match.
Or perhaps, if you favor collaboration more, a real-life room escape session? Sky’s the limit. Or… the ceiling in this case.