The 25 Days of Holiday Cheer Challenge includes a list of budget-friendly Holiday activities that you can enjoy with your loved ones. Each day of December (leading up to the 25th day) there will be an activity to do. You can do an activity at your own pace or double up on activities when you have time, like on your days off.
The idea is to spread Holiday Cheer! Slow down and focus on truly living in the moment this Holiday Season. This time of year is busy and flies by way too fast. Pause and prioritize what’s important. This challenge is flexible, and this list of activities is a great way to raise your Holiday Cheer!
1. Donate to Your Favorite Charity
December 1st is Giving Tuesday. Due to the unprecedented impact, the coronavirus is having on the world, GivingTuesday has just announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity. Participate with us!
2. Bake Christmas Cookies
This is a super fun holiday tradition, and of course, we incorporate our Blood Orange Olive Oil in our cookies.
3. Watch a Holiday Movie
You can choose your favorite holiday or discover new ones streaming on sites like Netflix and Hulu. Have a lazy night, where you stay home and watch holiday movies.
4. Drink Hot Chocolate
Nothing beats cuddling up next to the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. If you have kids, read them a few Holiday stories at night or get into a good holiday-themed book yourself.
5. Organize a Secret Santa
Gather with your friends, family, or coworkers to organize a Secret Santa gift exchange. People will draw names and buy a gift for the name they picked.
6. Donate Lightly Worn Clothing
It’s a great idea to go through all of your unused and unwanted items so you don’t take them into the new year and you have room for anything new that will be arriving after the Holidays.
7. Make Holiday Cards
This may seem a little outdated, but it’s a great way to spread holiday cheer and let the people in your life know you’re thinking about them!
8. Make a Snow Angel
If there is snow in your area, buddle up and make some snow angels with friends or family. We always feel like kids again playing in the snow! If you’re by the beach, you can always make sand angels!
9. Attend a Holiday Themed Event
2020 has been quite the year. The Holidays may look a little different, but chances are there are organized socially distanced or virtual events you can attend to get you in the Holiday spirit!
10. Fa La La La Lager!
December 10th is National Lager Day. Enjoy a craft lager.
11. Volunteer in Your Community
Tis’ the season of giving! If you have extra time available, try volunteering in your community. If you don’t have that much time, you can donate a small portion of your earnings to the local food bank to help those in need this holiday season.
12. Make Your Own Poinsettia Bouquet
December 12th is Poinsettia Day. You can go out and buy a bouquet for someone you love, or for yourself! You can even opt to make your own Poinsettia Craft Wreaths.
13. Have a Holiday Karaoke Night
Sing and dance to your favorite holiday songs!
14. Make Family Videos/Capture the Holiday Moments
Video Chat with your loved ones if you’re not able to see them this year. Take your annual Christmas photo, and capture some memories from 2020.
15. Make a DIY Gift for Someone
If you have friends and family that celebrate Christmas, you can easily make Holiday ornaments. Baking your favorite treat and wrapping it up in some cute ribbon is also a great idea.
16. Hygee Time + Pajama Party!
Hygge is a concept Americans have borrowed from Dutch and Norwegian culture. Hygge translates to a feeling of coziness, comfort, and well-being (which comes in handy during the dark days of winter). You know the feeling you get when you’re in PJs all day. You can spend time with your family and serve milk and cookies (or White Russians and cookies).
17. Compliment a Stranger
Holidays can be a tough time for some folks who can’t be with family or have lost family. Make sure to compliment a stranger today. You never know what someone is going through!
18. Make a Gingerbread House
Grab a kit at the store, or make your own! We love to add a little olive oil to our gingerbread house where we can!
19. Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipe
Whether it be your favorite Holiday cookies or how to make your favorite Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, let your family and friends in on some of your favorite recipes for this year!
20. Enjoy Some Sangria Whilst Wearing Your Holiday Sweater and Caroling!
December 20 is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, National Sangria Day, and National Caroling Day! So please invite your friends and family to wear their most hideous knitted creation, sip on some sangria, and sing Holiday Carols!
21. Write to Santa, aka Make a Wish List
If you have kids, have them create a wish list for Santa. If you don’t have kids but have family who keeps asking you what you want as a gift this holiday season, creating a wish list can help.
22. Go Ice Skating
You may have to get a little imaginative with this one. With many rinks being closed in most areas, you can make your own ice skates! You can grab a pair of gliding fitness sliders and make-believe you’re on the rink and enjoy skating around in the heat of your home. Or, if you live in sunny California, grab your roller skates and take a stroll around the neighborhood.
23. Drive Around Your Area To See Holiday Decorations
Many towns are still getting in the Holiday spirit by decorating with lights! Some neighborhoods dedicate this time each year to come together and decorate their homes. See if there is a neighborhood near you that go all out during the holidays.
24. DIY Crafts
Festive Holiday Jars are an easy way to decorate your home. You can also make your own peppermint garland by purchasing a few packs of peppermint candies and super glue each wrapper together. Another craft is decorating a Styrofoam Cone! You can superglue peppermint candy onto the cone to make a peppermint tree.
25. Call Your Loved Ones, Spread Holiday Cheer!
2020 has been a tough year for many. Some will not be able to spend the Holidays with their loved ones like in the past, so make sure you call or video chat with the ones you love most!
I hope this Holiday Season is your best yet and you enjoy being fully present while building long-lasting memories!