A Holiday Bucket List to be Completed with a Caregiver or Friend
It’s about to become the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is fast approaching! During this time, many families and friends from all over come together to celebrate, but before this all happens, there is lots of preparation to be done. Here is your guide on how to have a magical and merry Christmas!
- Decorate a Gingerbread House
Christmas just doesn't feel complete without decorating a gingerbread house. If decorating a gingerbread house does not intrigue you, stores also sell gingerbread dog houses, sleighs, and villages. Each kit comes with candy and icing included to decorate the house with, but it's always more fun to grab extra candy and sparkly icing to decorate. Creating a theme also makes it easier to shop for your additional decorations. It could be a classic red and green theme, you could choose your favorite color or even do a winter wonderland theme! There is so many choices! If your house isn't staying together with icing, either let the icing sit over night before decorating or hot glue it together.
- Christmas Movie Marathon and Fort
When it's cold outside, the best place to escape and stay warm is in a fort! Grab every blanket, pillow and stuffie you can find. The more the merrier. Don't forget to change into some cozy pajamas, make some hot chocolate, and grab the cookies. Then it's time to get cozy, cuddle up under a bundle of blankets, and have a Christmas movie marathon. Some amazing Christmas movies to watch are Elf, Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Christmas Crafts
One of the best activities to do whilst in little space is crafts! Making Christmas crafts is super awesome because they also become decorations. Craft stores, grocery stores, and superstores offer a wide variety of crafts for the holiday season. These crafts include activities such as coloring, creating ornaments, making bracelets, painting, and more! Most of the crafts range from one to five dollars. Some can cost as much as ten, but you get your moneys worth. If you buy your crafts during November, you can usually find them at a discounted price.
- Decorate and Pick Out the Christmas Tree
Having a Christmas tree is essential for Christmas and the smell of a live tree just screams holiday spirit. Cutting down a live tree also becomes a great tradition! Even if you can’t have a live tree, an artificial tree is a great alternative. Once you get your tree set up, it’s time to decorate! Grab all the garland, lights, ornaments, and tinsel you can find. If you’re having trouble deciding what to place on the tree, come up with a theme. Maybe you want all snowman, or blue ornaments. Whatever you choose, it’s going to look great!
- Help Each Other Christmas Shop for Family and Friends
Shopping can be quite the chore by yourself, so grab a friend or your caregiver to help! If you have someone with you to shop, you’re able to bounce ideas off of each other. Especially if you have a family member that is hard to shop for. You can also give each other hints of what you may want for Christmas. Once you’re done shopping, you can help each other wrap presents. Maybe even play a Christmas movie or music in the background.
- Play in the Snow
There is no point in letting mother nature’s gift of snow go to waste! Put on your warmest pajamas and grab your snow gear. It’s time to find the best hill and go sledding. Build a snowman while singing the best song from Frozen. Construct a massive fort and have a snowball fight. Maybe even make a snow angel. Don’t forget to drink some hot chocolate once you’re done to warm up!
- Bake Cookies
Anyone that has a sweet tooth looks forward to Christmas cookies every year. There is something special in the air during this season that makes the cookies taste ten times better. Plus, there is an abundance of different cookies that can be made and decorated. The possibilities are endless. The best cookies are covered in sprinkles and icing. It makes them that much sweeter!
- Decorate an Ugly Christmas Sweater
Have an old sweater laying around? Need something to wear to a Christmas party? No fear because the Ugly Christmas Sweater is here! Everybody needs an ugly Christmas sweater in their life and they’re easy to make. All you need is accessories to decorate with, a glue gun, and a sweater. Accessories such as lights, ornaments, pom poms and tinsel are easy to find at your local craft or dollar store. You can find a sweater in your closet or check out your closest thrift store. Little’s beware, hot glue guns can get very hot so use with caution. A safer alternative is to have a caregiver watch over you or have them glue it for you.
- Go Meet Santa
In need of Christmas cards? Then Santa is your man! Just about every mall has a Santa you can get your photo taken with. Plus, it’s always a joy to meet the jolly man of the season and tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget to put on a cute holiday sweater for the photos! To treat Santa for helping you out with the Christmas cards, write him a list of what you want in case he forgets and leave out some cookies on Christmas eve since he’ll be tired from all the traveling.
- Drive Around to Look at Christmas Lights
If hanging Christmas lights is not your forte or you can’t hang them where you live, driving around your local area is sure to put a smile on your face. Plenty of people decorate the outside of their house with Christmas lights every year. The best part is that every house is different. Some have lights all throughout their trees, or a Santa on their roof. Maybe even a massive inflatable snowman in their front yard. The options are endless. Bonus points if you listen to Christmas music whilst viewing all the lights!
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