What to do during Christmas time to enjoy the most? Relaxing, eating well and spending time with your loved ones are important but have you ever wondered how to get most out of Christmas time? In this post I’ll share my best practices to make Christmas time relaxing and fun!
1. Sleep until noon and just stay in bed
One of the best things you can do after busy fall season with all the work, studies, Christmas shopping, etc. is just to relax and sleep enough. Stay in bed until noon, sleep as much as needed and be refreshed and ready to enjoy the day!
2. Read book or blogs under candle light and relax
Scented candles and their soft light, and maybe a comfy blanket – is there anything better? Take some time to enjoy the relaxing candle light and read things you love – it can be anything from a book to a blog. Just take time for yourself.
Above: the Christmas tree of the library of my university – how cute is this!
3. Have a long walk outdoors (with family)
All day indoors might at first sound nice but it’s good to take some fresh air too. Go for a walk with your family and explore the beauty of nature (or city). Walking is good for your body and mind, and it’s fun too – especially with some good company!
4. Explore all the decorations of the neighborhood
Walk, cycle, drive – whichever works best in your country and area! One of my favorite things is to grab my iPhone and go drive around the silent Helsinki with my fiancé at night before of after Christmas Eve. It’s so beautiful to see all the lights and decorations people have there! Go explore and be amazed how beautiful the world around you can be. <3
Above: Our Christmas decorations
5. Enjoy cooking and baking
Obviously food is a big part of Christmas. Try not to panic or hurry, instead focus on enjoying the moment. If you’re in charge of cooking invite your best friend or favorite family member over to help you – it’s a lot more fun with some company. You can also cook together with the guests.
6. Eat delicious things with some good company
Not only the cooking is part of Christmas tradition but also eating all those yummy things cooked. Enjoy your favorites without stressing about calories or nutrients. If you do 360 days great, you can also have couple days off eating super healthy. Those 360 days matter more than the couple ones you’ve relaxed more with eating.
Above: Perfect idea for a gift – DIY muesli, cookies or other cute eatable things.
7. Have a movie marathon
Do you remember when you had a whole day off and just movies? Well, if you’re even almost busy as I’ve been lately, you probably don’t. Christmas is a good time for those movie marathons with family and relatives. Enjoy!
8. Pamper yourself
Have a bubble bath, scrub, facial masks… Just take some time to yourself and enjoy – or probably you can do these with a sister, mom or other relative? Add some Christmas scented products or candles to keep up the holiday spirit.
Above: Our lanterns – a great way to get some light to the house during wintertime
9. Go photographing without any rush
Winter time, all those decorations, food, candles, Christmas events, sleeping cities – Christmas is full of things to photograph. And you might even have time to edit those photos straight away. Sounds perfect, right?
10. Play (board)games and have fun without any work / study responsibilities!
One more activity might have done for a while is boardgames and other gaming sessions with family. Dig out some old favorites from closets and have some old school fun with those and good company!
Above: my hair for one Christmas theme party earlier this year. Anyone interested in seeing how this was done?
My Christmas Plans
This year I have luxurious two day off in row during Christmas. We will spend them both with my fiancées family. For sure we’ll open the presents, eat and maybe cook together. Probably we’ll also go walking with our dogs (and probably we can see some beautiful lights then! I cannot stop loving all the decorations). Some movies might also be part of the Christmas weekend.
In general, the goal is to just relax with good company. Probably I’ll also take some time blogging at some point during the weekend – but work emails or study staff won’t be done during Christmas!
What are your Christmas favorites? What kind of Christmas you’ll have this year?