Christmas At Home: A Simple Formula For A Cozy Celebration

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How do you recreate the Christmas magic at home? Our simple formula for a cozy Christmas celebration at home will make it a memorable family experience without the stress.

Christmas at Home Celebration Formula

The best part of celebrating at home is keeping it simple, cozy and family-oriented. Choose two or three categories from below and pick your favorite ideas for each. 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?

Bachman's Santa & Albert Rock Christmas Holiday Play and Sing-Along, Bachman's on Lyndale Garden Center, Minneapolis, Minnsota
Santa & Albert are LIVE again at Bachman's, but you can also watch at home

Categories for a Cozy At-Home Christmas

BOOKS

These are some of our favorite Holiday books, but definitely look around your own home and pick your own favorites:

MOVIES

We share movies you can stream at home or find in local theaters here:

TREATS

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).

FUN AND GAMES

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.
    Country Living Magazine offers suggestions here.
  2. Host a Family Christmas Karaoke Night:
    Purchase Karaoke Music on Amazon 
    Find the Machine on Amazon, too.
  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.

GIFTS

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.

Find More Ideas from Real Simple Magazine

If you are looking for unique gifts for your family to enjoy together in 2022, 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

Let the Kids do the Decorating

We’re definitely NOT a Christmas Home Décor site. You can find plenty of Pinterest-worthy holiday decorations on other sites. Instead, we recommend letting your kids make the Holiday season décor. Decorate the Christmas Tree together and then give them the reigns. This is the best way to create magic and true holiday cheer in a home. Here are some Christmas decorations kids can make:

  • Wreaths for the Front Door
  • Garland across the living room
  • Decorative candles
  • Paper snowflakes for the windows
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments
  • Front yard snowman in your own winter wonderland
  • Greenery for the fireplace mantel
  • A one-of-a-kind table runner for the dining room table made by stretching butcher paper out and letting everyone draw and color whatever they want – angels, Christmas stockings, Christmas ornaments, whatever they can create with your household craft supplies!

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