It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s nothing better than getting to spend the holidays with your loved ones and as a college student, your time off from school is precious. Whether you spend the holidays exclusively with family you haven’t seen all year, attend back to back Christmas parties, or just bundle up at home with a nice cup of hot cocoa, it might be time to amp it up and adopt some new Christmas traditions this year to make the most out of the holiday festivities! Here’s a list of fun activities to test out with your friends and family – and who knows? Maybe it’ll find a place in your annual holiday traditions!

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Christmas Cookie Bake-off

Cookies: the versatile sweet snack. I’ve never met anyone who hated cookies because there is just nothing to hate about them! Have your friends and family bake up a storm (of cookies) and bring them to a cookie party! And at the end of the night, you can crown the Annual Christmas Cookie Contest winner.

Elf on the Shelf

This one’s a fun one for the “90s baby with a baby” crowd that our generation is heading into! Get the 101 on the Elf on the Shelf
here.

Collecting Ornaments

Collecting unique ornaments is a great Christmas time hobby! In my family, my mom adds a new unique Santa to the tree every year but the thrill of the hunt is the best part because that means I get to spend quality time with my mom! You’re out shopping for gifts anyway, might as well pick up a new tree ornament.

Decorating Ornaments

If your tastes are a little bit too niche for the Christmas ornament market, you can try your hand at making some yourself! This could be a fun activity for you and your family, friends, or significant other.

Christmas Cocktail Party

Wanna impress your friends this holiday season? Spice up your party drink menu with these Christmas Cocktails! You can even make an event out of it by teaching your guests how to make them.

Christmas Pajama Party

You’re never too old for comfy PJs, so settle into a cute Christmas pajama set, and enjoy a nice night in!

Christmas Movie Marathon

Bundle up with your loved ones and have a Christmas movie marathon! And I don’t mean the tried and true titles like Polar Express. New Christmas movies are released every year, especially on Netflix.

Decorating Christmas Cards

I can’t remember the last time I received a Christmas card! Sadly, traditional cards are being replaced by portrait postcards. Get in touch with your inner writer and take the time to decorate your own cards and hand-write a note inside. I’m sure the friends and family you won’t quite get to see this holiday season will appreciate the personal touch!

Learn About New Traditions

Over 2 billion people in 160 countries celebrate Christmas! Read up on how other countries celebrate Christmas and the meaning behind their traditions; you can even try some out yourself! For example, in some European countries, children leave their shoes outside for St. Nicholas Day so that he can come and fill it with goodies! Here’s a hefty list from Green Global Travel to get you started!

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