Unique & Creative Ways to Celebrate Christmas Differently
Christmas Eve is obviously the day before Christmas but how you celebrate it depends on a variety of things. Many people are traveling to where their family lives, some are already with friends and family and have dinner or go look at Christmas lights, many people go out to sing carols, and those in the hospitality, retail, or restaurant business, are typically working. Those who are Catholic attend a special Christmas Mass and many other churches in the Christian realm will have events planned as well.
The history of Christmas Eve goes back as far as the history of Christmas itself. The traditions are what you or your family set for yourself. There are statistics that show that almost a quarter of men wait until the two days before Christmas (and including Christmas Eve) to do their shopping and many families with small children do as well so that the children will be surprised on Christmas Day. Every tradition will simply depend on what you want to do as a family although many traditional things to do include what has been done for decades such as gathering together the night before or singing carols in the neighborhood.
How to Celebrate Christmas Eve?
When it comes on how to celebrate Christmas Eve, that is entirely up to you but you can always do something different this year. For instance, instead of simply doing the same thing year after year, why not change things up and make it more exciting? If you normally have a nice dinner and simply watch some television with the family, why not go out this year and see all of the Christmas lights? You can find out which neighborhoods have the most lit up houses and bundle everyone up to go see them. Or plan a special dinner that is entirely different from your Christmas dinner. For example, if you’re having a traditional dinner with a ham or turkey on Christmas Day, why not go out for Chinese food or something entirely different the night before?
Creative Ways to Celebrate Christmas Eve
There are so many ways you can be creative on Christmas Eve. Here are a few ideas you might enjoy:
- Trim the Tree. If you wait until Christmas Eve to put up your tree then have a family tree trimming where everyone gets to make it a little party. Put on some holiday music and even add a gift giving moment where everyone gets their own ornament each year.
- Choose a Holiday Movie. One way some people enjoy the day before the holiday is by watching a certain Christmas or holiday themed movie each year. You can choose your favorite or find a new one. Not only does it put you in the mood to enjoy the next day but it’s a calming way to enjoy being around the family.
- Volunteer. Sure, we’re all busy the day before Christmas but if you do have the time, volunteer at a local agency to help out – they are busy too and can use the help. If you can afford to do so, pick up a gift for an agency you like such as a dog toy for the Humane Society or something someone can use at the homeless shelter. It’ll make you feel good and it will be appreciated as well.
Plan a Christmas Eve Party
One thing that will be fun is to plan a Christmas Eve party. It can include your family, friends, neighbors, or all of them. You can make it a themed party such as the infamous “Ugly Sweater Party” or just have a get-together where you have a few finger foods or drinks. One thing to keep in mind is that many people may be too busy to come to a party the day before the holiday so invite everyone early enough that you have a better chance of a good turnout. There are many party ideas you can have and they’re only limited to your imagination. Have a caroling party, a tree trimming party, a holiday themed movie night, or even a game night with Christmas themes.
No matter how you end up celebrating your Christmas Eve, the important thing is to be happy. If you’re fortunate enough to surround yourself with friends and family, all the better. However, even if you’re alone on Christmas Eve, you can still help others or do something with other people that will make the day important and cherished.