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2013 Christmas Checklist 21 Things You Should Do This Holiday

Updated on December 12, 2013

2013 Christmas Checklist! 21 Things You Should Do This Holiday

  1. Make a Christmas craft. This is a fun and entertaining way to celebrate the holiday. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends as well. Turn up the Christmas music in the background, cozy up by the fire, and feel the Christmas spirit! For young adults low on cash, this would be an excellent idea for gifts for all your family and friends! Pick an interesting craft that requires cheap, simple, materials, but is turned into something beautiful and unique. Plus your family and friends will enjoy a handmade thoughtful gift rather than one bought. Here is one example of a handmade Christmas gift:
  • Puzzle Wreath (Requires paper plates, puzzle pieces, scissors, glue, green paint, and red ribbon.) First you fold the paper plate in half and cut out the middle. Next you glue on scattered puzzle pieces on both the front and back of the plate. Then you paint the puzzle pieces and entire plate both front and back green. Lastly, you cut off a piece of ribbon, tie it into a large bow, and glue it to the top.

A Cool Christmas Craft

More Ideas For Christmas Crafts

  • Christmas Acorn Garland
  • Holiday Finger Puppets
  • Cone Christmas Tree
  • Snowflake Wreath
  • Angel Wing Christmas Mantel
  • Ombre Glittered Vase
  • Traditional Paper Snowflake
  • Candy Cane Reindeer
  • Burlap Christmas Garland
  • Gingerbread Man Magnet
  • Fabric Wreaths
  • Christmas Time Crown
  • O'Tannenbaum Topiary Tree
  • Beautiful Snowflake Angel
  • Cowboy Boot Christmas Stocking
  • Craft Stick Snowman Head
  • Creamer Bottle Snowman
  • Angelic Key Chain
  • Burlap and Tulle Garlands
  • Beaded Candy Canes
  • Mantel Pinecone Christmas Tree
  • Big Ol' Gift Bag
  • Cute Yarn Snowman Decoration
  • Balsa Board Santa
  • Beaded Christmas Tree
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Ruler
  • Handprint Christmas Trees
  • Gorgeous Glitter Reindeer Frame
  • Step Frosted Wreath
  • Snowman Thank You Card
  • Glitter Paper Christmas Tree
  • Angel Fringe Doll
  • Bead Wreath
  • Beanie Baby Reindeer
  • Deer-ly Appreciated Oven Mitt Gift
  • Button Snowman Mini Pillow
  • Bright Hats and Mitts Garland
  • Glitery Reindeer and Trees
  • Colored Ribbon Tree
  • Crochet Snowman Jar Cozy
  • 3D Star Wreath
  • Blooming Tulle Garland
  • Fun Fur Christmas Tree
  • Mod Podge Magic Key for Santa
  • Decorative Snowman Couple
  • Christmas Candy Garland
  • Fat Quarter Tree
  • Country Wooden Santa
  • Christmas Tree Embroidery Pattern
  • Bird's Nest Wreath
  • Best Button Garland
  • Christmas Countdown Chalkboard
  • Beautiful Sparkling Snow Globe
  • Colorful Cotton Ball Garland
  • Crochet Snowflake Design
  • Curled Paper Christmas Tree
  • Decorative Glass Christmas Trees
  • Decorative Turquoise Snowflake Plate
  • Decorative Vintage Christmas Box
  • Felt Ball Elf
  • Doily Trees
  • "Nutty" Christmas Mice

Below is the link to a website with all kinds of craft ideas including how to make the ones listed above.

http://www.allfreechristmascrafts.com/?gclid=COej6PmA-LoCFSRk7AodSGEA_Q

2. Go Christmas Caroling at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, hospital, or nursing home. ‘Tis the season of giving, and a time to think of the sick, poor, lonely, and less fortunate. Many elderly in nursing homes don’t have family that visit them, so a simple short twenty minute singing session would make their day and put them in the Christmas spirit.

3. Rent snowmobiles and ride down trails. Driving or riding a snowmobile is a blast! It is such a fun adventure getting the family or a group of friends together, and following each other over long trails. There are places that not only rent snowmobiles, but they have the best trails too. So look them up and experience the ultimate holiday fun!

4. Have a Christmas movie night session. If family and friends join, it’s all the merrier! Be sure to include your favorite Christmas movie from your childhood to reconnect with your inner youth. You could include a variety such as the childhood favorite, the funniest Christmas movie, two inspiring sweet Christmas movies that touch the heart, and one horror Christmas movie.

5. Plan a full day of Christmas cookie baking. Search for and gather together multiple Christmas cookie recipes. Be sure to include cut out cookies with a handful of Christmas character cutters. Make several bowls of plain frosting, store bought or home made, and add food coloring to them. Cutting a whole in the corner tip of a plastic bag and zipping in the frosting is the best way to decorate your cookies.

Cookis Galore!

Meringue Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Here is a list of multiple Christmas cookies. The recipes to these cookies can be found in the website listed at the bottom.

  • Holiday Spice Cookies
  • Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
  • Raspberry Rugelach
  • Sugar Cookies (Try Chocolate or Chewy recipes)
  • Fruitcake Cookies
  • Mint Sandwiches
  • Gingerbread
  • Oatmeal Cream Cheese Bars
  • Cocoa Thumbprints
  • Candy Cane Cookies
  • Light and Airy Meringues
  • Triple Chocolate Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Smores
  • Gumdrop Buttons
  • Holiday Biscottinne’s
  • Meringue Cookies
  • Mix n Match Shortbread
  • Pecan Tassies
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Lemon Ricotta Cookies
  • Chocolate Coconut Balls
  • Cheddar, Cranberry, and Pistachio Cookies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • 5-Star Snickerdoodles
  • Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies
  • Lemon Spritz Squares

Below is a link where you can find all kinds of tasty recipes including the ones listed above.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/12-days-of-cookies/package/index.html





9. Participate in a seasonal charity. An angel tree is the most common example of a Christmas charity. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to help a less fortunate child receive his/her Christmas wish. Another Christmas charity I’ve participated in for many years is the Shoebox charity. This charity sends gifts to less fortunate children overseas. You choose a gender and an age group and fill up a shoebox with toys, school supplies, and necessities. Can you imagine a child thrilled and excited to receive a Christmas gift containing a box filled with things such as a comb, hair bows, a toothbrush, chap stick, a small notebook, a pack of pencils and erasers, play dough, a card of Christmas stickers, a tiny squirt gun, a Barbie doll, and a bag of jacks? That is a bunch of dollar store items costing a total of less than ten dollars. Most kids receive toy trains, dollhouses, bicycles, clothes, movies, video games, and phones. You could make a needy child so happy by simply donating the supplies so that he/she can to go to school. Or small toys so that the child has something more to play with other than sticks and stones. Your donation to a charity may be the only gift that child receives for Christmas. So give Santa Clause a hand, and give a child a Christmas gift.

10. Play the Secret Santa game with your friends, coworkers, or classmates. The Secret Santa game is where all participants’ names are folded and put in a bag. Everyone draws a name. You must buy a gift for whoever’s name you drew. Plus, everyone must keep a secret of whoever’s name they are buying a gift for. At the end, after gifts are given, the group can decide whether they want to reveal the names of who bought a gift for whom, or if they wish to keep it a secret.

11. Make the biggest snowman of your entire neighborhood! Make snowballs so big it takes three people to lift the middle ball. Use all the snow in your front yard to make the snowman. Get unique with it, for example, you could make a “snow-woman.” Or build the snowman legs made of snow. Another idea would be to carve the face instead of adding carrots, buttons, or stones. Or replace the scarf with a tie.

12. Join a church play of the birth of Jesus. For all people of religion, this is a huge holiday. So even if you don’t go to church every Sunday, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your faith. Joining a play or singing a song would be a fun way of connecting with your faith and worshipping your deity. This isn’t necessarily for Christians, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, or all people of religion could do something special with their church.

13. Fill the tree with homemade ornaments! Some good ideas include Christmas photos of you when you were young with the family. Like “Baby’s First Christmas.” Make the frame with liquid glue and popsicle sticks. Then run the popsicle sticks down with clear glue sticks and sprinkle glitter on it. Unravel and use a paperclip as a hook, or tie a ribbon on the popsicle sticks, or simply just buy a hook from the store. Another idea would be buying styrofoam balls and getting creative on how you decorate them. One way is by using pins and shaping pieces of cloth into triangles to make a cloth pinecone.

Beautiful Ornaments

Gingerbread and Glue Ornaments

Croquet Present Ornaments

More Fun Ideas of Homemade Ornaments

  • Pinecone Gnome Ornaments
  • Christmas Ball Ornaments
  • Crochet Present Ornament
  • Cork Reindeer Ornament
  • Felt Pine Cone Snowman Ornament
  • Stash Crafted Wrapping Paper Snowman Ornament
  • White Pearl Christmas Ornament
  • Beaded Snowman Strand
  • Spiral Christmas Tree Ornament
  • Smiley Snowman Ornament
  • Beaded Christmas Tree Loop Ornament
  • Yule Ball Ornament
  • Fuzzy Fabric Snowman Ornament
  • No Sew Quilted Star Ornament
  • Christmas Robin Ornament
  • Elegant Origami Paper Star
  • Beaded Christmas Star Ornament
  • 3D Paper Ball Ornaments
  • Music Sheet Christmas Ornaments
  • Beaded Wire Star Ornaments
  • Homemade Embossed Aluminum Ornaments
  • Merry Stitches Ornaments
  • Painted Initial Ornament
  • Decorative Scrapbook Paper Tree Ornaments
  • Picture Ornaments
  • Mini Pom Pom Santa Ornament
  • Mouse Christmas Ornaments
  • Penguin Pal Ornaments
  • Rudolph Ornaments
  • Paintbrush Santa Ornaments
  • Cinnamon and Glue Ornaments
  • Homemade Embossed Aluminum Ornaments
  • Decorative Scrapbook Paper Tree Ornament
  • Festive German Paper Star

6. Have a sledding or snowboarding contest with your friends. Be daring, choose to go down the biggest hill you can find. Make it a contest to see who can slide down the hill the fastest. Be creative with smaller hills, go backwards, or on your stomach. Just be safe and make sure you're in control. It’d be a smart idea to test the hill first sitting down the right way before you try doing tricks, such as riding on your stomach. Hold hands with one of your friends on the way down one time. If you want the ultimate experience, gather friends or family and go tubing. Plus, it’s a great way to keep in shape during the winter season when you reclimb the hills with your sled or snowboard. Everyone sits in a giant tube holding handles down an enormous man made hill.

7. Drink a cup of eggnog or hot chocolate by the fire. ‘Tis the season to celebrate traditions. If you’ve never tried eggnog why don’t you try it in the spirit of Christmas? If hot chocolate is your favorite, check out the new flavors. Sample a taste of cinnamon or caramel flavor.

8. Create a ton of stocking stuffers. Most people don’t bother much with stockings; it tends to be more of a decoration. So be extravagant and create a new tradition and put at least 20 wrapped items per stocking. They can range from candy to key chains to chap stick. You can also add stickers, tiny notebooks, nail designs, and lottery tickets. It’s such a fun experience to have the whole family gather around in a circle, and open stocking presents for an hour together before unwrapping the gifts under the tree even begin!

Stuff Your Stocking

14. Make homemade snow-cream. It is a lot like making your own ice cream. The ingredients are few and the process is easy. Ingredients include sugar, whipped cream, milk, and vanilla extract for flavoring. Recipes vary, but most of them contain these ingredients. Look up your own recipe and make a Christmas holiday masterpiece everyone will enjoy. Just be careful that the snow you gather is clean. Beware of dirty or yellow snow.

15. Participate in or go watch the town Christmas Parade. This is a nice way to mingle with the community. Build or decorate a raft in the parade. Sing carols on the sideline while watching all the fun. Greet a neighbor or acquaintance from school. Catch up with your friends or use this as an opportunity to spend time with your family. Go out for pizza or ice cream afterwards with the people you run into or haven’t seen for quite some time. Reconnect with people and reminisce over old memories.

16. Make a family scrapbook for your grandparents. Nothing would make your grandparents happier then viewing pictures over the generations. A.C. Moores is the perfects craft store to get supplies. Fill it with pattern designed pages, stickers with sweet sayings, and shape the pictures or outline paper shapes behind them. I promise this will be a gift your grand parents will adore and cherish forever.

17. Write down a list of your friends’ and loved ones’ likes to create ideas for the perfect thoughtful gifts. A list of likes could include a favorite color, favorite sport, favorite hobby, or type of style. Buy a feminine person a kit of bath soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Buy a “homebody” a favorite movie. Buy a stylish person a new piece of jewelry such as earrings. Buy a fashionable person a Christmas sweater in their favorite color. Buy a creative person a scrap booking kit. Buy an animal lover a notebook with their favorite animal on the cover, or simply buy them a stuffed animal of their favorite.

18. Create a gingerbread house. This is the one time of the year you get to make one of these out of tradition. Kits for gingerbread houses are found everywhere ranging from craft stores, to Walmart, to dollar stores. This way you can conveniently find the perfect gingerbread house for you to match your budget and the amount of time you wish to spend building it. You can buy a cheap simple one that is fast and easy to put together, or you can buy a more intricate one full of creative designs, it may take a couple hours to put together, but it will look amazing when it’s done.

19. Have a playful snowball fight. One is never too old for a snowball fight. Surprise your siblings or friends. The more the merrier, enough people to create team’s makes the ultimate snowball fight. Have a contest for whoever can make the best/biggest snow fort. You are very talented if you can make a fort similar to a small igloo, with three sides connected to the roof. A fort with a roof in general is difficult, and if achieved one should be proud. Just watch for ice balls, those hurt, and are not pleasant. They should be outlawed before the game begins.

20. Go see a Christmas play such as “The Nutcracker.” Viewing a play is something everyone should experience at least once. And “The Nutcracker” is such a wonderful story and amazing play to see. It would be a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season. Another Christmas play that would be exciting to watch is Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas. The names of this play vary, but we all know and love this famous Christmas story.

21. Go Ice Skating/Ice Fishing. This is a perfect time to enjoy the ice. Whether you love fishing and want to try the ice fishing experience, or if you love being active, then skating would be a blast. This is a good way of enjoying the perks of the winter weather. Most of us indulge in the many ways to enjoy snow. But don’t forget to enjoy the ice too!

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      ejparker 3 years ago from Fort Hood, Texas

      Love the awesome craft ideas! I can't wait to try them with my girls! :)