Christmas at Home — 2020

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This Christmas, most of our  traditions will be put on hiatus. So we need to be kind to ourselves.  Because both the kids and the grown-ups are struggling, here’s an easy plug-and-play Christmas at home celebration formula.

Celebration Formula

  1. Choose two or three categories:
    Books, Movies, Treats, Fun and Games, Gifts (examples follow)
  2. Choose one item from each category.
  3. Do activity one.
  4. Have a fun drink and/or snack.
  5. Do activity two.
  6. Eat some breakfast or whatever meal is close by to when you decide to celebrate.
  7. (Optional) Do activity three

Christmas at Home Category Ideas

These are here for you to use as a place to start.  You know your family the best.  What would be something that would feel special to them?
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Christmas movie


Click Here for Movies you can stream at Home


You could make sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, and elaborate treats.  If that’s your jam, do it.  If you are more like me and you want something more instantaneous, I searched some treats for you.  These ideas you can enjoy making together and eating right away (or at least without a huge long wait time).

christmascookie dough rolled out with letters H & O cut out


Easy Peppermint Fluff Dip

No Bake Sugar Cookie Balls

Easy Christmas Candy

Oreos and Candy Cane Bark


I don’t know about you, but this year has worn me out.  I’m tired all the time.  And I don’t want to put a lot of energy into anything. Here are my suggestions for fun things to do with your family.

  1. Buy an Advent Calendar.  Or make one if you are in the mood.   Click here for some suggestions.
  2. Host a Family Christmas Karaoke Night:
    Click Here for Music 
    Click Here for the Machine
  3. Set up a Christmas Puzzle
    Ravensburger is my favorite puzzle maker.
  4. Play a Game:
    Ticket to Ride Nordic Edition seems like a festive choice.


Of course, we can’t forget the biggest category of all.  Whether you exchange a lot of gifts or you want gift opening to be a bigger event with just a few gifts, we have found some ideas for you.

image courtesy American Swedish Institute

Do an ornament exchange.

Do a craft night and exchange crafts.

Create a treasure hunt.

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If you are looking for unique gifts for your family to enjoy together in 2021, we have a list of ideas for you.

We’ve collected some more holiday ideas for you to enjoy this year. Click on the image below.

Christmas and Holiday Guide Twin Cities

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