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Holiday Bucket List

By Elaine Elliott

The pandemic might be changing how a lot of us work and play this year but fortunately our favorite Christmas traditions are appropriate for social distancing!

Some of the best bucket list holiday traditions involve staying at home or playing outside without having to deal with crowds or large gatherings.
End the year on a good note by doing these holiday activities with the family. Whether you have young children, kids in college, or a furry friend, everyone will love participating in these timeless celebrations.


Visit a Christmas Tree Farm 

The best way to start off the holidays is to get a real Christmas tree and wreath for the house. The fragrant needles and beautiful color are bound to get your family into the holiday spirit! Since Christmas tree farms are in the open air, it’s also a great social distancing outing with loved ones. If you want to make this an all-day make sure to find a farm with plenty of fun activities such as bonfires, Christmas carols, and hay rides. 


Bake Christmas Cookies

One of the best (and tastiest) parts about the holidays is having a scrumptious selection of Christmas cookies. Gingerbread, thumbprint, buckeyes, macaroons… the recipe possibilities are endless! Once you make a few batches, cookies can be gifted to the family, laid out for Santa to eat, and put on cute trays throughout the house. Don’t forget to cut out and decorate sugar cookies. Children of all ages will love getting creative with these miniature edible canvases.


Look at Holiday Lights

Driving around your neighborhood and looking at all the Christmas lights is a fun and easy way to entertain the family. The kids will love all the quirky displays and parents can get inspiration for decorating next year. Look up drive-through light exhibits too to see if there are any in your town. Oftentimes state parks, fairgrounds, and large estates allow visitors to look at their extravagant lights for a small fee.


Watch Classic Christmas Movies 

Another holiday must-do is snuggling up to the TV with a cozy blanket and hot chocolate. There are dozens of Christmas films to help amuse the family while staying home for the holidays. Kids will love the short specials like How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Notable comedies such as Home Alone and Elf will also get the whole family laughing. And heartwarming classics like White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street are bound to put a twinkle in your eye.


Have a Family Photo Watch Party

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without plenty of picture taking (cue the ugly sweaters!). Your family probably has a ton of old Christmas photos worth sharing with the newer generations in the household. Consider digitizing your old memories and putting all the pictures on display on a slideshow. Everyone can sit down together and watch the presentation to reminisce about old and new traditions. If some of your family members are staying socially distant this year, you can share the digital slideshow with them online to ensure they still feel loved during the holidays.

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