Taste of Home
Written By, Camryn Rabideau

You can spread holiday cheer while keeping loved ones safe. Here’s how to celebrate Christmas with family in 2021!

Mail Cookies to Loved Ones

No matter where your loved ones are, you can spread holiday cheer by mailing Christmas cookies. After all, everyone loves receiving surprise packages—especially when they’re filled with homemade treats.
Check out our pro tips for successfully mailing cookies.

Visit with Santa—at Home

Not comfortable going to the mall to take pictures with Santa this year? Your kids can still get quality time with the big guy if one of your family members is willing to don a Santa suit and play the part. (Make sure you have festive Santa cookies ready for him as a thank you!)

Have an Outdoor Cocoa Party

If the weather is mild enough, why not have a small outdoor gathering with extended family after Christmas dinner? Set up socially distanced chairs in the backyard—and maybe a fire pit, too!—and let everyone indulge in some delicious hot chocolate.

Watch Christmas Classics

What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a Christmas movie marathon? There will be a whopping 41 new Hallmark Christmas movies this year, and you can always revisit classics, such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. Don’t forget—Hallmark will also be playing Christmas movies throughout November, all day, every day! Plus, you can chow down on these recipes inspired by Christmas movies as you watch.

Play Secret Santa—Through the Mail!

Just because people can’t get together doesn’t mean you can’t play Secret Santa. Have everyone draw names as usual, then you can mail gifts to your recipient. It will make guessing who picked you even more challenging!

Check out our list of the best Secret Santa gifts if you need some inspo.

Video Chat to Open Gifts

Your can still gather your family around the Christmas tree to open gifts this year—even if it’s virtual. It’s easy to set up a video chat using Zoom or Facebook Messenger, and it will allow you to share the holiday spirit face-to-face.

Plan a Special Christmas Breakfast

If you don’t have to get up early and hit the road on Christmas, why not plan a lavish Christmas breakfast for your family? We have plenty of Christmas brunch recipes to choose from, including both sweet and savory options. Some favorites include Gingerbread Belgian Waffles, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and a Very Cherry Crescent Ring.

Create a Lovely Light Display

Transform your home into a festive winter wonderland using a variety of outdoor Christmas decorations. Let kids pick out fun pieces of decor to display in the yard, and go crazy with Christmas lights, wrapping them around your home, bushes and trees. This activity is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

Host a Virtual Gingerbread House Competition

You can get a little friendly holiday rivalry going by inviting other families to participate in a gingerbread house competition. Each participant has to build a showstopping gingerbread structure, and you can post all the pictures on social media and let your friends and family vote on their favorites. Check out these gingerbread house ideas to use as inspiration.

Organize an Ornament Exchange

Connect with loved ones this holiday season by hosting an ornament exchange. Depending on how many people are involved, you can send homemade decorations to every participant or have everyone draw names.

Here’s how to make homemade ornaments that everyone will love.

Send Handmade Holiday Cards

Instead of buying holiday cards this year, why not make them yourself? Even if they’re a little rough around the edges, the homemade sentiment is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can even send edible Gingerbread Christmas Cards.

Have a Virtual Ugly Sweater Party

Don’t let those ugly sweaters go to waste! There are plenty of ways to host a virtual party over video chat, and everyone will be able to show off their most questionable holiday attire.

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is a fun seasonal activity where it’s easy to practice social distancing, especially if there are local ponds where you can avoid crowds. Invite a few friends to meet you for some afternoon skating, then enjoy a thermos of Fluffy Hot Chocolate after.

Give Back in Your Community

It always feels good to give back during the holiday season, so why not make it a family activity? Check out what your local food bank needs for donations, and put together a box of supplies for families in need. Who knows, it might even become an annual tradition.

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