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Fun Family Holiday Ideas Even During a Pandemic


Christmas Ideas for a Jolly Holiday

Alice Carmody

After moving to Colorado in 1993 and working at a title company, I pursued a career in real estate...

After moving to Colorado in 1993 and working at a title company, I pursued a career in real estate...

Nov 23 5 minutes read

Who says you need to leave the house to have a day full of cozy, creative activities? 

As the old song goes, "there's no place like home for the holidays." This year, those heartfelt lyrics have added significance. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many families have decided to celebrate individually, instead of in large groups. Some folks might even find themselves celebrating alone. If that's the case for you or your family, have no fear — there are so many fun quarantine Christmas ideas you can do while social distancing.

Ahead, we've found the best ways to celebrate the holidays at home. As soon as you unwrap the presents, you can dive into a hearty brunch or bake some cute Christmas treats. After that, you could complete a puzzle, sing Christmas karaoke, or make custom salt-dough ornaments to commemorate 2020. It's all up to you to decide, but we think the old song is true: "For the holidays, you can't beat home sweet home." And for even more ideas to keep you busy, don't miss the best Christmas activities to make your day even merrier.

1 Assemble a make-ahead breakfast

blueberry sweet roll breakfast


Opening presents takes a lot of energy, and so you'll want to refuel afterward with a hearty breakfast. Try one you can prep the night before so all you have to do on Christmas morning is pop it in the oven.

Get the recipe for Blueberry Sweet Rolls With Lemon »

RELATED: 50 Cozy Christmas Breakfasts to Start Your Holiday Right

2 Decorate Christmas cookies

decorated christmas cookies


Baking cookies is a great daytime activity to make your home smell delicious. Before you get started, make sure you have some fun cookie cutters, frostings, and decorations on hand.

RELATED: 90 Incredible Christmas Cookies to Make 

3 Hop on a video call with Santa

santa claus checking his naughty and nice list


Getting to meet Santa is a magical experience for many youngsters during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they might not get to see Saint Nick in person this year — but that doesn't mean they can't chat with him on the phone. Use Santa Club to book a video conversation with Kris Kringle. The $50 experience includes up to three children and even allows you to keep a recording of the video.

4 Decorate as festively as possible

christmas decor


You're going to spend a lot of time at home this holiday season, so you might as well make your space the winter wonderland of your dreams. Set a budget and pick up some new decorations or open your craft bin and make some DIY ones.

5 Mix a cozy cocktail

tea cider punch


There are so many festive winter flavors that taste incredible in cocktails. Find a recipe you're interested in and whip up a batch of drinks on Christmas morning. A warm stovetop option is a cozy way to celebrate the season.

Get the recipe for warm tea and cider punch at Country Living »

RELATED: 50 Best Christmas Cocktails to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

6 Make Christmas masks

christmas masks craft


You can make these cute masks out of paper plates for a fun Christmas craft. And when you're done, you can use them to take photo booth-style pictures to commemorate the holiday.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised »

7 Put together a holiday puzzle.

girls doing puzzles


Doing a puzzle is a relaxing way to spend Christmas day or night. While you work, be sure to set the mood with a fire or candle.

8 Watch a Christmas movie

sisters using tablet pc on floor during christmas


Watching a movie is the perfect way to spend the time between presents and dinner, or to unwind after the festivities end. Don't forget to nosh on treats or sip cocktails (or mocktails!) while you watch.

RELATED: 17 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix for an Extra Dose of Holiday Cheer

9 Cook a festive meal

christmas dinner


Dinner is the main event on Christmas. And just because you have fewer people to feed this year doesn't mean you should give it any less effort. Decide on a menu ahead of time and make sure you have all the ingredients necessary to put together a proper feast.

Get the recipe for Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce »

RELATED: 60 Creative Christmas Dinner Ideas That Will Steal the Show

10 Look at Christmas lights

inviting christmas doorway with snow on porch stairs and railing


If the weather is nice, you can go on a walk around the neighborhood to look at everyone's Christmas lights. If it's a bit chillier, go on a drive instead. Make sure to vote on your favorites!

~Good Housekeeping

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