It’s the time of year when many people are visiting home from college, or if you live at home, you may have friends who have a winter break, and you’ll be reunited with your besties! Here are some winter break ideas and suggestions to get the Christmas break party started. I’m sure you’ve heard of most of these ideas, but they are refreshing reminders of fun, festive things to do during the Christmas season!
1. Go ice skating: If you live near a skating rink, this is such a fun way to make Christmas memories together!
2. Make gingerbread houses and/or baked goods together: Baking and creating delicious treats are always delightful during this time of year! Try peppermint brownies or candy cane Rice Krispy treats for some deliciousness! Also, who doesn’t LOVE gingerbread? Here’s a Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies recipe.
3. Go snowboarding or plan a ski trip: Maybe a family friend owns a cabin, and a sibling or friend has the proper gear, but somehow, some way, find time to hit the slopes. If you don’t have the extra dough to do this, find a sled and some snow and make some powder memories happen!
4. Scrapbook day: Do a photo shoot with your friends and make a scrapbook to take to school to remember your fun trip home, or frame some cute photos to put up back in your dorm room!
5. Make a Christmas worship CD: Make a mix of your favorite Christmas songs and plan a road trip. Jingle all the way to your destination. Don’t wear out those Christmas carols too soon! 😉
6. Serve and volunteer at a local hospital: You would be surprised to know there are a lot of lonely people in hospitals and at elderly homes during the holidays. Make a trip to a children’s hospital or elderly home if you feel led. If you sing or bake, you can contribute to some people at the place you choose. This will really be a special memory.
7. Christmas movie marathon: Have you and your girls meet up for an evening of back-to-back Christmas movie classics! Pick four or five top films you love and vote. Then bring on the popcorn, hot cocoa and candy canes! Read the PI article on some of Nicole’s favorite Christmas movies here.
8. Go to a theme park: Here in California we are blessed with a couple different theme parks. Plan a day trip to Disneyland if you are able, or Six Flags or Knott’s Berry Farm! I heard Knott’s does the Charlie Brown Christmas Play from the Charlie Brown Christmas movie. The theme of the movie points people back to the true meaning of Christmas. If you are near Florida, you can go to Disney World or plan a day at Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Holy Land Experience.
9. See a play: Go to a live theatrical performance! How much fun is it to get dressed up and have a night on the town? If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on tickets, you can always plan to see a church production, which is usually free. If your church doesn’t have one, look them up. A local church in my hometown has done a reenactment of the proclamation of Christ’s birth and the story told in the four Gospels about our Savior’s birth.
10. See a new film with your girlfriends: Take a whole bunch of your friends and do a window-shopping trip to the mall and then go to see a film together! Watch something uplifting that will get you into the holiday spirit.
PI Girls, what ideas do you have? Do you do any of these things on the list?