Holiday Season Check List McKenzie Feldman-Staff Writer

We have spent weeks, maybe even months, counting down to the most wonderful time of the year! While some holiday tasks are a given, it is still important to make the most of December by taking part in the holiday festivities. There is a lot in store this season, so here are some additions you can make to your holiday check list.

1. Make a Gingerbread House.

Let your creativity pour out in this family fun activity. Pile on the royal icing, and get decorating!

2. Check out the lights around your town.

Pile up in your car, and go on a nighttime tour of your town. Turn on the Christmas jams, and enjoy the decked out homes in holiday lights and decorations.

3. Bake Christmas cookies with your friends and family.

Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies! Find some of your favorite cookie recipes, and decorate to your heart’s content!

4. Enjoy an Advent calendar.

Countdown to Christmas day with some fun! Open something new every day! You can purchase one that will give you a chocolate treat, or make one that gives you a holiday activity to do each day!

5. Make some homemade s’mores by the fire!

S’mores are not just for campfires! Although snow days can keep you indoors, take advantage of the time and get a fire going! Turn on some holiday tunes, and enjoy a delicious treat with your loved ones and friends by the fire

6. Surprise someone by delivering homemade holiday goodies.

Give some love to your neighbors with a holiday surprise. Deliver a holiday package. One of the greatest feelings of the season is giving to others!

7. Watch your holiday favorites!

Whether you are a Hallmark movie lover, or a 25 days of Christmas fan, take some time to enjoy your favorite holiday films. Some ideal classics that I suggest you watch are Elf, Home Alone, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Santa Clause, The Holiday, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

8. Write a holiday greeting to someone in the armed forces.

It is hard to forget the ones who will not be home for the holiday season, so remind those who cannot be with their families this year that someone is thinking of them.

9. Cut paper snowflakes to hang around your home.

Even if the snow is not falling on the ground, paper snowflakes are always fun!

10. Wear matching Christmas pajamas.

On Christmas Eve, wrap up matching pajamas for your family. Make a new tradition to open them the night before Christmas, so you can look extra festive in the morning!

11. Go ice-skating!

Look for a local rink around your town, and take part in a fun-filled experience with your friends

12. Organize a secret Santa!

These days it is hard and expensive to check everyone off on your gift list. Make it a little easier by setting up a secret Santa! Not only is it fun for everyone, but it can ease a little bit of stress!

13. Make homemade ornaments!

Add a personal touch to your tree for all to see!

14. Remember to give back this holiday season.

As great as it is to receive from your loved ones, it is super important to give back. Whether you are donating old toys and clothing or volunteering at a local soup kitchen, it is what the season of giving is all about. Putting a smile on someone’s face is the best feeling ever!

The holiday season is a time to have fun and take a break from the stress of school. You get to enjoy the time spent with ones you love. It is not just a day; it is a span of time with anticipation, happiness, and love! Celebrate by enjoying the festive traditions,giving back, and make some memories! Happy holidays!

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