December 01, 2018 7 min read
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.
Now that you don't have to run around shopping malls in a mad rush to buy your Christmas presents, thanks to Woodgeek Store, why not bring in the Christmas spirit with a Christmas movie? Until the trees go up, the lights start twinkling and the eggnog starts flowing, here is a list of classic Christmas movies from our cinematic sack :
Celebrate Christmas for what it essentially is and spread Christmas cheer among those who aren't as lucky as you. The kids at your home are surely expecting new toys this Christmas. Go through their toy boxes and find the gently used toys they're willing to part with for charity. It's a good lesson in selflessness. You can even buy new toys, warm clothes, and food to distribute around the needy. Volunteer at an old age home or an animal shelter. Make somebody else's Christmas. Isn't that the real joy of the holiday season?
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!
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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!
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!
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!
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!’
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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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