The holidays and tradition tend to go hand in hand – and every family has their own unique set of both. Whether it’s Secret Santa, White Elephant, or something as simple as the to-die-for chicken salad Uncle Dave makes every Christmas Eve.
But along with a year of change, this year’s holiday celebrations may also experience a bit of tweaking.
If you’re looking for some fun ways to spice up your holidays, boy do we have a show for you!
So sit back, relax, light a Christmas candle, and enjoy!
Oh yeah, it’s game time, baby.
So we’ve got the basics:
While those are all well and good, we wanted to add a little bit of spice.
For this game, you’re going to need some tinsel, candy canes, 2 chairs, and a stopwatch.
How to play:
Tie a piece of ribbon or twine from one chair to another. Players must stand on top of the chairs and try to be the first to drop a candy cane from the chair onto the ribbon (and get it to stay there).
Play until the first player gets a candy cane to catch on the ribbon or see who can get the most in a minute!
For this game, you’ll need plastic elves (really any type of small objects will do), 3 small buckets, and a yard stick or measuring device.
How to play:
Players have a minute to try and toss mini plastic elves into a line of buckets (one 5″ away, one 7″ away, and one 10” away).
Each buckets will have their own point system:
Each player has to toss elves into each of the buckets in the time allotted to win – the player with the most points wins!
Since it is the holidays, after all, consider having tiered prizes – for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Make them whatever you’d like or whatever you think your family would enjoy the most.
Here’s how we did it:
1st Prize: The one everyone was fighting for – the holiday centerpiece standing tall and proud on the dining room table.
2nd Prize: A Starbucks gift card – for cake pops, coffee, and holiday cups
3rd Prize: Hot cocoa bar like this one from Ghirardelli – sprinkles and mini marshmallows included
What is it?
Nochebuena marks the celebration of Christmas Eve in Hispanic culture, where Christians everywhere from Puerto Rico to the Philippines celebrate with a large traditional feast.
It’s considered one of the most important holidays of the season, and is also known as Noche Buena, La Cena de Nochebuena, or Navidad.
A red poinsettia has become the symbol of the holiday. In Mexico, where the flower is native, it is known as the “flor de Nochebuena,” or Christmas Eve flower. It blooms in November and December as everyone prepares for the holiday.
Mexican legend tells of a girl who once was on her way to Mass but didn’t have a gift for baby Jesus. She gathered green flowers, but by the time she arrived, they had turned red. “Its bright red color reminds us of the holiday season and cheers up a cold winter landscape,” said Suzanne Barbezat, an expert on Mexican travel.
Take a tip from this Mexican tradition and bring or send the gift of a Poinsettia this holiday! Whether you are celebrating together or apart, your loved ones are sure to be comforted by this lovely gesture.
Be sure to fill them in on the history behind these lovely blooms as well!
Yes, we said floral.
One of the hottest trends this holiday season is using fresh or dried flowers to decorate your Christmas tree and the results are stunning.
The best part? You can make your tree as vibrant or subdued as you want!
Mix in some fresh blooms with your yearly Christmas ornaments and tinsel – or go full throttle and cover your tree head to toe in fresh blooms!
You won’t be disappointed, trust us.
A poem that’s written frantically – unless you happen to have the talent of Shakespeare himself – is bound to be a downright hysterical experience.
Set a timer and let everyone go to town!
Read them out loud after the time is up and prep yourselves for happy tears.
Pro tip: Save these for next year to read out again!
A tale as old as time…
We all know the tradition behind the mistletoe – a romantic kiss at the end of a night filled with festive fun.
We’ve found that this tradition has been a bit absent in recent years (just us?).
According to Norse mythology, a goddess used the plant to bring back memories of her beloved son, who was slain with a weapon crafted from the plant.
However, the legend has evolved from grief into one indicating rebirth and regrowth.
Today, kissing under the mistletoe indicates future happiness and fertility.
Bring it back! Consider throwing up some mistletoe (especially if you know a certain someone will be making an appearance at the gathering!) Wink, wink.
A good old fashion takedown – best PJs win!
The best part? You get to wear your cozy pajamas THE WHOLE TIME.
Comfy clothes, slippers, tons of food, what more could we ask for!?
Make it exciting!
The winner, of course, wins a prize!
One of our personal favorites!
Although we aren’t able to have our cookie swap in the office this year, you better believe that’s not going to stop us!
This is the perfect tradition to start with co-workers (whether you’re in-office or out), friends, family, or even better, all of the above!
If you can’t be together to exchange cookies, try swapping your favorite holiday cookie or dessert recipes instead!
Whatever holiday traditions you take part in this year – both old and new, we hope this holiday season is filled with joy, laughter, good cheer, and good health.