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What To Do On Christmas Day- 10 Great Ideas

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.


How to have a happy, stress free Christmas Day

Welcome to the place for great Christmas ideas! I love Christmas Day, especially when our home is filled with family and friends. I was fortunate in having fond memories of this special day from childhood, but not everyone does. This lens will hopefully help you to get your head around not just getting through this day, but making a happy one that you can celebrate and create some fond memories of your own.

First of all you will want to decorate your home with christmas decorations such as Christmas garland and of course the all-important Christmas tree with the tree decorations. However many you decide to use, it is sure to appear welcoming for you and your guests and will help to give the sparkling, magical feel of Christmas!

Here you will find everything you need, from roasting chestnuts and christmas carols around a log fire to fun Christmas games and dinner ideas! WIth a bit of thought and planning it needn't be a difficult time.

1. Invite Someone - Send out invitations

Don't wait to be invited- it might never happen! You are more likely to have a happy day if you have other people around you.

Christmas Day can often be an event that many people are not able to enjoy. They might either be facing a Christmas alone or a day filled with feuds and disappointments. Many feel obliged to invite relatives whom they scarcely see for the rest of the year and with whom they don't get on. Yet they still feel the need to impress with a bigger spread than they can either afford or manage. The most important thing to do beforehand would be to resolve any differences and offer a welcoming invitation in peace. If you do struggle to fit everything in, then don't be tempted to invite too many people (depending also on the size of your house) and get everyone to contribute with food and some of the ideas below. Most of all, ensure that it is a special and happy day for you as well!

Festive Christmas Party Invitations - Fill In Style (20 Count) With Envelopes
Festive Christmas Party Invitations - Fill In Style (20 Count) With Envelopes

Use these fill-in Christmas invitation cards to invite your guests and include your request for their contribution. If is written down, they are more likely to remember!


2. Go Crackers Over The Christmas Dinner - Good food, christmas crackers, party poppers, prayers

Laying an attractive table will ensure that your guests feel welcome and will help to give it the feel of a special meal. You could write place names with a Christmas verse at each setting. We always place a christmas cracker at each place setting and pull them inbetween courses to add to the suspense. We enjoyed the ones below so much that we performed them at the end of the meal as well! You could invite your guests to come with an appropriate prayer to pray before the meal. Children might like to write something out and read it out on the day. Keep the food special, but simple, taking care not to try too many new recipes.

Check out these fun crackers

Robin Reed Classic Musical Concerto English Crackers with Whistles Inside
Robin Reed Classic Musical Concerto English Crackers with Whistles Inside

These Christmas crackers are great fun and will have you in stitches as you all endeavour to put on a Christmas dinner performance at a moment's notice! Each cracker contains a pipe of a different note with a conductor's guide to piping them in the right sequence in order to produce a familiar tune. See if you can get out a harmonious tune together, without giving in to hilarious laughter!


3. An After-Dinner Christmas Quiz To Test Their Knowledge Of The Christmas Story

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4. Fun Ways And Games For Giving And Receiving Presents

Write clues on labels as riddles for the receivers to guess what's inside
Give one larger present for a family but play pass the parcel to decide who should open it, with forfeits along the way
Buy novelty presents and give as a lucky dip, differentiating between male and female gifts
Get the kids to hunt out their gifts by hiding them around the house

5. The Christmas Day Queen's Speech - A UK tradition. Do you have a similar one?

Each country has it's traditions, especially at such a time as Christmas. In the UK the Queen gives a speech on Christmas Day every year and has been doing so ever since she became the queen in 1952. It comes on the BBC in the early afternoon, making good after-dinner viewing.

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You Can Watch Last Year's Queen's Speech Here - and decide whether you are going to watch it this year

6. Play The Best Board Games - Great after christmas dinner entertainment!

Board games are a great way to interact and have fun together, especially on dark, cold days and give you something to talk about afterwards.

Take a look at this best selling board game!

Yeti in My Spaghetti
Yeti in My Spaghetti

An interactive, award-winning game for 4 years and up. Who would have thought that a yeti and a bowl of spaghetti could provide lots of silly fun for the whole family.


7. Sing-A-Long With Christmas Carols - They can also be played quietly during christmas dinner

There's nothing like a good sing-song of all those favorite christmas carols that everyone knows. If you don't have a piano or keyboard to gather around, then find some other focal point, such as the christmas tree or an open log fire. If you aren't lucky enough to have one or more musicians to lead you, then sing along with a CD such as the one here.

Here Are Your Favorite Christmas Carols

Songs Of Angels: Christmas Hymns And Carols
Songs Of Angels: Christmas Hymns And Carols

You can buy this on CD, MP3 or even cassette. All your favorite Christmas songs to cheer you along. The last song is especially inspiring and wonderful. Great harmonies too!


8. Roasting Chestnuts On An Open Fire - take Christmas outdoors

When it's evening, how about building a small fire and roasting some fresh chestnuts? If there is snow, the children could build a snowman earlier in the day and they can be marked out of 10 when the adults go outside in the evening. A great way to get some fresh air, after all that rich food! Serve warm mulled wine and punch as well. This could be a lovely end to a light, indoor evening buffet. If going outside isn't an option and you have a log fire indoors, you could roast them there instead.

Favorite Christmas Movie

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)

This best christmas movie will have you laughing and crying and it's sure to become a family favorite!


9. Choose The Best Christmas Movie - Enjoy an entertaining family film

Rather than letting the TV simply run the whole day, decide to only turn it on at the appointed time for a chosen movie that all can sit down and watch together. That way you will find it easier to get everyone involved in other activities that will keep the celebratory spirit of Christmas going!

10. Attend A Christmas Service

Lastly bring inspiration and true meaning to this holiday by taking a brisk walk to your local church for a Christmas service.


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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I think our favorite thing to do is just hang together with family, talk, play and eat :)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great simple but enjoyable suggestions! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      I love Christmas, can't wait ))

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very cool, we are always bored after the presents and before the big meal, nice time fillers here.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We used to play something similar to Pass the Parcel. I like your version better!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      We're in a transition period. So I came looking for ideas. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      When the kids were little it was so much fun to play with their toys with them all day long. Now we usually play a family board game or do a jigsaw puzzle.