Christmas time is officially here. I love Christmas. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I try to take the holiday season as calmly as I can. I know it can get very hectic and stressful but it shouldn’t all be this way. I like to slow down and enjoy all the beautiful things that come with Christmas. Especially now that I have a baby. I want to watch her enjoy the holiday and enjoy it with her. I want to be able to look back at her first Christmas’s and remember all the amazing memories we created together.
This time of the year we start to really feel the cold here in New England. We may even see a little bit of snow. Personally, I always hope for some snow for Christmas. There’s nothing more magical than a white Christmas. All though the temperatures start to drop there are still a lot of outdoorsy activities we can do to enjoy the holidays to the max. We can go ice skating, go see Christmas lights at La Salette, attend our local Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and of course go Christmas Shopping. Just to name a few. We are actually taking a road trip to New York to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It is a family trip for the kids to see this beautiful tree for the first time. I am so excited for this and I am very much looking forward to it.
All of these fun activities can leave us a bit tired and cold. They are so much fun but afterwards all we want to do is go home to warm up and relax. I have put together a quick and simple bucket list of some fun activities that will keep you warm and cozy at the same time. And I included a recipe for a dairy-free, refined sugar-free, cleaner and delicious Eggnog the whole family can enjoy. Ideally, these are all for the family to gather and enjoy together. Perfect time to sit back and enjoy the simple parts of Christmas while you spend some quality time with your loved ones.
1. Make Gingerbread House:
This is a very traditional and fun activity to enjoy together as a family. Almost any store you go to this time of year carries gingerbread house kits. Pick out your favorite together and head home and build it. Share your favorite Christmas memories together and make a new tradition out of it. Then the best part, eat all the candy and gingerbread! Yum!
2. Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies:
What’s better than hot cocoa and Christmas cookies? This is my favorite way to enjoy the holidays. Make the hot cocoa from scratch and drink it while you guys bake some cookies. Having the kids assist in the kitchen can make for a wonderful time while you guys bond as a family. These experiences can create the best Christmas memories of the whole family gathered around the kitchen while drinking hot cocoa and baking delicious cookies. Plus, what better way to stay warm and cozy?
3. Watch Christmas Movies:
This is an obvious one that is a must during the holiday season. There are so many great Christmas movies out there you can enjoy together as a family. You can stick to classics like A Christmas Story and Home Alone. Or you can enjoy a fun comedy like Elf and Fred Claus. This can tie along with the hot cocoa and cookies activity. After some baking, gather in your family room, turn on the fire, get some pillows and throws, and enjoy your favorite Christmas movie while drinking some hot cocoa and eating freshly made cookies. Doesn’t get much more warm and cozy than this!
4. Read Christmas Books:
There are many great Christmas books out there. Especially if you have little ones in the house. Purchase some of these or check them out from your local library. Read together as a family one or two books a night. A couple of our personal favorites are The Itsy Bitsy Snowman and How to Catch an Elf. This will definitely get you and your little ones in the Christmas spirit.
5. Wrap Presents While Drinking Eggnog:
When you think of Christmas one of the first things that come to mind are both presents and eggnog. Wrapping presents is another fun activity everyone can participate in making for a great bonding time. Make some eggnog to drink while some of you do a beautiful job wrapping those gifts and others not so much (like me). Below I gave included my recipe for eggnog that is on the healthier side. It is dairy and refined sugar free. The whole family can enjoy this eggnog while keeping up with your clean eating.
6. Giveback as a Family:
Giving back is an important part of the holidays. It’s also important to teach our kids how rewarding giving back is and how it affects those who need it. A small act of kindness can make someone’s whole holiday season. Decide on a couple of ways to giveback as a family. Check out some ideas of how you can give back as a family here.
You can decide to complete any of these ideas as a holiday activity or to do on a stay in night. You can also do them as something fun to do as a family after a long day of Christmas shopping. All you need to add to these activities are some Christmas music and some comfy Christmas pajamas. Preferably if they are matching family pj’s (lol). Make the most out of this holiday season and spend it with those who matter most. Happy Holidays and have a lot of fun completing this warm and cozy family Christmas bucket list!
- 2 egg whites
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- cinnamon sticks for garnish
Blend all ingridients together in a blender.
Pour eggnog in a medium pot.
Simmer for 15 minutes. Do not let it boil.
Let eggnog cool and chill overnight.
Serve and garnish with more cinnamon and cinnamon stick.