by Damini Chatterjee December 01, 2018

Under The Christmas Tree

There’s something so magical about Christmas season. Houses decorated, little Santas on store racks, the sound of Christmas carols, mulled wine and some hot chocolate that could drown an elf by the blazing fire, family outings and parties with best friends. Be it a white Christmas or a chilly one, these elements mark the arrival of the happiest holiday season!

As we wait for December to arrive with decorations on our homes and ornaments on our trees, here are 11 fun and meaningful Christmassy things that will make this holiday season merrier.

A Christmas Movie Marathon 

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  • Gremlins
  • Love Actually
  • Home Alone
  • The Holiday
  • Elf
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Holiday Affair
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Great Rupert


Donate to Charity & Volunteer

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Bake Christmas Cookies & Cakes

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It only really starts to feel like Christmas when the smell of gingerbread, Christmas cookies and fruit cakes waft from the kitchen. What is Christmas without the sweet treats? Gather your family members and make them help you bake the world a better place!

Easy Christmas Recipes We Are Definitely Trying This Season

No bake cookies

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter cut into Tablespoon-sized pieces (113g)
  • ½ cup whole milk (120ml)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed (200g)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (25g)
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (165g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats (285g)

Method

  • Prepare two cookie sheets by lining with wax paper and set aside.
  • Combine butter, milk, sugars, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat.  
  • Stir ingredients frequently until butter is completely melted (I recommend using a long wooden spoon as a metal spoon can become really hot).
  • Increase heat to medium and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
  • Boil, still stirring constantly, for 1 minute (I recommend using a timer, see post for more details on why it's important to not over or under-boil) then remove from heat. Continue to stir the mixture for several seconds.
  • Add peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until peanut butter is completely combined and melted into the mixture.
  • Add oats and stir until coated in chocolate.
  • Drop no bake cookie mixture by approximately 1 ½-2 Tablespoon-sized spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Allow to cool (approximately 20-30 minutes) before serving, the cookies will harden as they cool.
Easy Christmas Cake Recipe

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Ingredients

  •  1 cup white sugar
  •  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1/2 cup butter
  •  1 3/4 baking powder
  •   2 eggs
  •  1/2 cups milk

 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method       

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs.

    A CHRISTMAS PARTY TO REMEMBER

    Host a Christmas Party

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    A girls-only party is a Christmas ritual my friends and I never miss! Every year, I host a Christmas party for my girls and I can tell you that all Christmas parties don't have to be expensive. It's a BYOB party so everyone brings some beverage and drinks and we chill in our comfiest PJs. Host your own Christmas party. Whip up eggnog cocktails and appetizers or throw in a White Elephant Gift Exchange for some fun.

    Here are a few eggnog recipes you can try!

    Dress Up & Attend a Christmas Party

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    The holidays are exciting for a handful of reasons — the lights! the presents! the cookies! — but there's one thing in particular that everyone looks forward to: all the epic parties. Ladies and gentlemen, gather your friends, dress to kill and hit the party circuit with full confidence!  Enjoy those mind-blowing beats,  the sprawling dance floor, and dance till the music stops! Give your Christmas a spectacular beginning. Looking back those hangovers and hazy pictures will be the only testimonies of how much fun you had with your best pals in those high heels!

    ORGANIZE A POTLUCK LUNCH OR A CHRISTMAS PICNIC

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    Potlucks are a great way to interact with neighbors, friends, and family. Organize a potluck Christmas lunch or dinner. A potluck feast is where everybody brings one food item to share. It is a great way to socialize and get to know each other. Organize a rooftop potluck luncheon, or perhaps a picnic at a public park, connect with each other over food and music and earn appreciation for your incredible cooking skills. Need help organizing a potluck? Here's Donna Pilato giving a step by step guide to arranging a great potluck party!

     ORGANIZE A SECRET SANTA GIFT EXCHANGE

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    From office conference rooms to house parties, gift exchange games have become a not-to-be-missed tradition among friends, families, and coworkers. But there’s really only one king of the Christmas gift exchange: Secret Santa. Secret Santa is a Christmas tradition. It’s the game that guarantees mystery, suspense, and surprise of holiday gifting, turning average joes into sneaky elves. Members of a group of friends, family, or coworkers draw random names to become someone’s Secret Santa. The Secret Santa is given a wish list of gift ideas to choose from to give to their chosen giftee. After opening their present, the recipient has to guess which member of the group was their Secret Santa. It’s a holiday classic where the guessing is as much a part of the fun as receiving the gift. 

    Another great gift swapping game you might be familiar with is The White Elephant or The Dirty Santa, in which everyone brings a wrapped gift (usually in a predetermined price range), places it in a pile and draws a number. Whoever draws No. 1 selects a present to unwrap. No. 2 can then either choose another gift to unwrap or “steal” the first person’s present. The subsequent participants can either pick an unwrapped gift or steal any previous player’s gift. Anyone whose gift is stolen can do the same. Each person recommends their own bundles describing the contents as wittily and in a way to deceive as much as possible. The bargaining becomes very funny until all the parcels have been swapped, oftentimes more than once. Then they are opened, the best bargain winning first prize, the poorest compelling the holder to tell a story, suggest a game, sing or recite for the entertainment of the company.  The universal verdict ― ‘no trouble and lots of fun!’

     MAKE A WREATH FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR AND ORNAMENTS FOR YOUR TREE

    Is it really Christmas until you have a wreath welcoming guests into your home? A great way to set in the Christmas spirit is to set up the front door of your house with a beautiful wreath. Wreaths give that England-esque vibe to your haven and add beauty and colour. But wreaths are more than a decorative item. It is an invitation to Jesus to enter our house. The circular shape of the wreath represents the circle of life, the evergreen symbolizes growth and red berries denote Jesus' blood. 

    Instead of a store-bought wreath, make your own Christmas wreath to ensure a steady stream of visitors to your place. Here's how to make a wreath. 

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     Very soon, people up and about the country will be getting down with their decoration to begin the holiday season in earnest. Skip store- bought decor and get crafty this season with these easy homemade ornaments. Your trees will look better without those pricey ornaments from those malls. 

    Here are 10 D.I.Y ideas for making easy peasy ornaments for your Christmas tree!

     VISIT A CHURCH

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     Leave out the commercial bits of Christmas and pay a visit to the nearby church. Thank God for showering you with blessings this year. On Christmas Eve, attending the midnight mass is also a great idea. Hundreds of people holding candles in their hands, rejoicing the birth of Lord Jesus at midnight, is what Christmas is about.

    BEGIN YOUR DAY WITH CHRISTMAS CAROLS

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    As December begins, Christmas carols are on the radio and on everyone's lips. What is Christmas without carols? Countdown to Christmas by listening to Christmas carols every day of December. Bring on the Christmassy atmosphere with Christmas songs .

    MAKE MEMORIES

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    In the madness of the festive season, don't forget to take a moment for yourself. Live in the present and do what makes you happy. Basically, delight yourself in any way you deem fit - spend quality time with loved ones, stuff yourself with candies, wrap presents, decorate your home, read The Christmas Story, jump on a pile of snow, take lots of pictures with your friends and family - celebrate the birth of Christ. 

    MAKE YOUR LOVED ONES FEEL SPECIAL WITH PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS GIFTS

    Christmas hampers are a great way to make someone feel special during the holiday season. Get a customized Christmas hamper with personalized gifts from Woodgeek Store. Instead of off-the-rack Christmas gifts, gift your friends and family a customized wooden poster, wooden sign, house nameplate, bamboo notebookor wooden phone case engraved with a photo and/or Christmas wishes. You can also gift them a wooden certificate, bow ties, and wood sunglasses & spectacle frames.

    Everybody loves gifts, especially when it is custom made for them. Leave your loved ones smiling ear to ear with these special gifts.

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