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40 Non-Traditional Ways to Celebrate Christmas

Go On a Holiday Cruise

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Cruises have long been a preferred way of travel for many people due to the fact that everything is taken care of for you, allowing you to kick back and enjoy the time away. Whether you plan on cruising somewhere warm and tropical, leaving the cold of winter at home, or heading north for a memorable Alaskan cruise, there are options for everyone. Invite the whole family or take this opportunity to get away with your partner and explore a new corner of the world.

Spend the Holidays Volunteering

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There are many different organizations in your own backyard that could use your helping hand all year. The need for volunteers is even bigger during the holiday season. Not only are many of these organizations running on overdrive to keep up with the needs of the season, but the regular volunteers are tired and in need of some time off with their own families. After all, they want to celebrate the season as well. If everyone were to give just a little of their time during the holiday season, we could make a huge difference for those that need it most.

Organize an Ornament Exchange

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Are you looking for a way to enjoy the tradition of gift-giving without breaking the bank? A fun way to celebrate Christmas and spread a little holiday cheer is to organize an ornament exchange. The idea is simple. Set up a secret Santa-style gift exchange in which everyone participating draws a name. The goal is to purchase a Christmas ornament for your recipient to hang on their tree. You can leave the options open-ended or set a theme to help inspire everyone in their shopping.

Host a ‘PowerPoint Party’

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PowerPoint parties are a new trend that has gained popularity recently as a result of the need for socially distanced activities. The idea is simple. Each person in attendance chooses a topic that they know a lot about, all topics are on the table. Some topic ideas include sharing how to enjoy your favorite hobby, discussing a show or movie that you believe everyone should see or offering tips for planning your next vacation. Pick something that you are passionate about and share it with everyone else, then sit back and learn from your friends. You’ll be surprised by how many different topics are covered!

Explore the Holidays in Other Cultures

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Turn your holiday celebrations into an educational opportunity by taking the opportunity to learn about the different traditions and festivities that others take part in around the world. Choose a single culture to dig into, learning all about the ways that they celebrate and the foods that they generally include in their holiday feast. Alternatively, if you’re curious about several different cultures and celebrations, you could take some time to learn a bit about each. Dedicate a day to each culture and by the end of the season, you’ll have a much better understanding of the world.

Throw a Fun Board Game Night

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A game night is a fun way to bring the family together any time of the year, and the Christmas holidays are no exception. Invite everyone to bring their favorite board game and you’ll have plenty of options to keep you entertained and laughing all evening. Another approach may be to focus specifically on Christmas or winter-themed games such as The Santa Claus Game, Thin Ice, or Penguin Panic. You may enjoy your festive game night so much that you end up starting a new tradition for the years to come.

Skip the Parties and Enjoy a Staycation

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We have talked about a few different ways that you can incorporate travel into your holiday plans this year, but what if you aren’t looking to go somewhere new? Whether you’re celebrating the holidays on a budget or simply prefer to hunker down at home, a staycation may be the perfect option. Do your shopping to stock up on everything that you’re going to need for a few days, then unplug from the world as a whole and just relax. This is a great time to read the book you’ve been planning to read, embrace your favorite hobby, or spend quality time with the family.

Go On a Holiday Hike

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Get up and get moving this holiday season with a refreshing winter hike. This is a great opportunity to embrace the beauty of the winter season while also unplugging and taking a much-needed social media break. Head out on an easy hike along the well-kept trails of your local park or strap on some snowshoes to go off the beaten path and explore the wilderness in your corner of the country. This is a great activity for the whole family, including the kids and even the family dog.

Throw An Old School Slumber Party

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Ladies, why not take a step back in time and embrace our preteen love for the classic slumber party? This is a great way to slow down and reconnect with your friends after a busy year. After all, adult responsibilities often keep us from spending the time together that we wish we could spend. Rock your favorite pajamas, paint each other’s nails, watch a favorite movie from when you were younger, and share all the latest gossip.

Take a Cocktail Making Class

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If you’re looking for a fun, festive holiday cocktail but can’t seem to find the perfect option, why not take some time this holiday season and learn how to make your own? There are many companies that offer cocktail-making classes either in their facilities or even at your house. Invite your loved ones and come together to learn how to make all your favorite drinks along with some new and exciting options. Schedule your class early enough in the holiday season and you can make the most of your cocktail-making skills for the rest of the season.

Make and Send Homemade Christmas Cards

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A fun task that you can take on with the kids this holiday season is to make your own homemade Christmas cards for family and friends. Purchase an assortment of different crafting supplies depending on the age of your child(ren) and set up a card-making station including colored paper, markers, stickers, glitter, and even old Christmas cards that can be cut up and glued onto their new creations. Your cards will be a huge hit with family and friends this year!

Choose A Non-Traditional Menu for Your Christmas Dinner

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Are you not a fan of the foods most commonly associated with a Christmas dinner? If turkey and ham aren’t high on your list of ‘must-have foods’, change up your plans this holiday season. Any meal can be considered Christmas dinner if that’s what you decide to serve for your festive gatherings. This year, find out everyone’s favorite food and combine them for a one-of-a-kind holiday feast. Even If the various foods don’t typically go together, they can be served buffet style. It’ll be a Christmas dinner that everyone can love.

Visit a Local or Bucket List Theme Park

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For those that live in an area where the weather is warm enough for theme parks to continue to operate throughout the winter months, this could be a fun way to celebrate this holiday season. Parks in these areas, knowing that people will be visiting, usually decorate their property to incorporate a more festive vibe into their daily operations. Check with your local theme park to find out if they are hosting any special days to celebrate throughout the season such as live shows, limited-time-only attractions, or Christmas-inspired deals.

Enjoy a Movie Night but Skip the Holiday Movies

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The holiday season can be a lot some years. With Christmas music on every radio station, holiday-themed advertising everywhere we turn and a busy social calendar of parties and gatherings to attend, it’s no wonder that many people are burnt out on the idea of Christmas long before the day arrives. If that sounds like you, it may be time to plan a holiday celebration that breaks free from all things Christmas entirely. One way that you can do this is to invite your friends and family over to enjoy a movie night with only one rule – NO Christmas movies! Enjoy freshly popped popcorn and other snacks while watching your favorite movies and escaping the holiday stress.

Hide the Holiday Gifts and Have a Scavenger Hunt

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Add a little fun to the holiday celebrations this year by incorporating this twist into your holiday gift-giving. Rather than placing your gifts beneath the tree this year, take the time to hide your family’s gifts and send your loved ones on a scavenger hunt. For kids, draw out a map that they can follow around the house or the backyard where ‘X’ marks the spot. If your gifts are for older members of the family, you can create a scavenger hunt with clues leading them all over the property. Your loved ones will be torn between what part they love more – the actual gift or the process of finding it.

Host A Holiday Karaoke Party

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Break free from tradition and enjoy a fun, upbeat holiday celebration this year by throwing a karaoke-themed holiday party. All you need is a karaoke machine, food and drinks, and guests that are willing to get in on the fun. Enjoy an assortment of the greatest hits, old favorites, and must-have classics, ensuring that there is something for everyone. It’s a great way to ensure that everyone celebrating is laughing and having a great time throughout your holiday festivities.

Stick to Just Handmade Gifts for Everyone

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While this one isn’t completely non-traditional, it does break free from the commercialized version of Christmas that most people embrace today. Rather than running out to all your local stores, trying to find the perfect gift, and checking out the latest deals to keep your holiday giving within your set budget, do away with the shopping process entirely. This year, consider giving only homemade items. If you’re a crafty person, this may not sound all that far-fetched. However, for those that don’t usually make homemade goods, this could be a challenge. Have fun with it, experiment with your skills, and remember, it’s the thought that counts!

Embrace Selfcare by Buying and Wrapping a Present for Yourself This Year

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Far too often we focus on everyone else during the holiday season, leaving our own wants and needs on the back burner. It’s no surprise that many of us end up experiencing holiday burn-out! This year, consider adding your own name to your holiday shopping list. Pick up something special for yourself as a treat and place it under the tree. You don’t have to wait for Christmas morning to open your gift. Instead, keep it in a location where it can be easily found so that you can indulge in a little self-care when the moment comes that you’re feeling extremely stressed or overwhelmed.

Unplug From Technology Completely

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In today’s society, the internet has quickly become more than just a luxury. Instead, it has become a central point to many aspects of our lives. From e-commerce shopping to online education, technology is a necessity for our day-to-day schedules. During the holiday season, however, many of our usual responsibilities are temporarily put on hold so that we can spend some quality time with family and friends. Take this opportunity to unplug, even if it’s just for the afternoon. Silence your phone and tuck it away in a pocket, ignoring it while spending time with friends and family members, or power it down entirely. Keep the tablets and laptops stored away where they aren’t going to interfere with real-life connections. For many of us, these opportunities are rare, so don’t let this time slip away.

Celebrate the Holiday Season YOUR Way This Year!

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Whether your scrapping holiday traditions entirely in favor of something completely different or simply incorporating a non-traditional color scheme into your holiday decorating, there are no rules when it comes to celebrating the holiday season. Instead, embrace the different parts of Christmas that mean the most to you while forging your own path. Some of the changes that you make today may shape the traditions that you look forward to in the future.