Now that the holiday season is officially here, it’s time to get festive. There are so many fun things happening this time of year, and with the whirlwind of holiday events, parties and gatherings that occur throughout the month of December, it can all feel a little overwhelming. If you don’t plan ahead, the month may whiz by in a flash. We don’t want you to miss out on any fun this holiday season, we want you to make the most of it — after all, it is the last one of the decade. To help ensure that you check off all of your seasonal “to-dos”, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year.” Below, check out our holiday season bucket list, and plan the month ahead accordingly.
Watch Holiday Movies
First on our holiday bucket list is watching holiday movies. If you ask us, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to turn on one of your favorite holiday films. Nowadays, you don’t have to put in much effort to turn on a seasonal movie. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus, there are a plethora of holiday movies at your fingertips. From classics like “White Christmas” to more contemporary picks like “Let It Snow,” you won’t run out of holiday movie options any time soon. Make some hot cocoa, grab a blanket and prepare to settle in for a cozy movie night in your apartment.
Read A Festive Book
Another cozy way to spend a night at home this holiday season is to curl up with a good holiday-themed book. You’ve got a lot of options, from the classic Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol” to easier reads like Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” No matter what your reading preference is, holiday books are sure to help you get into the spirit.
Host A Holiday Apartment Party
If you’re up for it, hosting a holiday apartment party can be a lot of fun. You don’t have to spend too much money for it to be successful. Simply invite some friends over for drinks, snacks and holiday movies. If you want to make it a little more upscale, tell your friends to wear their best holiday attire, snag some bottles of bubbly, and turn on some holiday tunes.
Decorate Your Apartment
Our holiday bucket list wouldn’t be complete without holiday decorating. You don’t have to go over-the-top to make your apartment feel festive. A small Christmas tree, like the fun-sized Norfolk pine, can add a touch of cheer to a tiny apartment. If you’re more into the cozy vibe as opposed to holiday decor, check out some tips for making your apartment cozier here.
Make DIY Decorations
We love getting crafty around here. This holiday season, we suggest making some of your very own decorations to dazzle your apartment. Pinterest has an endless amount of options. But if you need some more inspiration, check out this article from HGTV.
Admire The Decor
Another one of the best things about the holiday season is that you can admire stunning holiday decorations without spending a dime. Take a walk outside and check out the lights in your neighborhood for a fun (and free) holiday activity. You can also take it a few steps further by exploring other areas outside of your own neighborhood. Many cities have neighborhoods that are famous for their over-the-top seasonal decor; if there’s one in your area, don’t miss out. Aside from free neighborhood light shows, there are also plenty of public areas to view spectacular light installations (some of which are free, some which are not). You can also check out this roundup of the best places to take in the lights around the Windy City.
Bake A Holiday Treat
Next on our holiday bucket list: Bake some tasty goodies. One of the best parts of the holiday season is undoubtedly the food. And nothing makes us feel as “merry and bright” like the smell of freshly baked goods coming from the kitchen. For some baking inspiration, you can check out some of our earlier recipes, like these gluten-free desserts. If baking isn’t your thing, this is also a good time of year to try out a new recipe or two. Now that the weather is cold, we recommend trying some cozy slow cooker recipes.
Volunteer Your Time
The holiday season is full of glitz and glamour. But the season is also about giving back to others. That’s why we recommend volunteering your time this holiday season to support a cause that’s close to your heart. Check out this article from Thrillist to get an idea of where you can volunteer your time this holiday season.
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