Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We love playing hostess, from setting out the place cards to mixing up the cocktails, and getting everything in order to entertain! But on Christmas, our focus turns to spending quality time with our families. While we all have a list of Christmas day traditions, it’s fun to add new Christmas ideas into the mix. So we are happy to share our five Christmas ideas for an unforgettably merry day spent with the people you love.

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1. Christmas day brunch: After the gifts have been opened and your living room looks like a forest of wrapping paper and ribbons, it’s time to whip up a delicious brunch! Of all the Christmas ideas you make a new tradition, this is the most important since having a filling, hearty breakfast will help ensure you don’t do too much damage to that popcorn tin. Try these monkey muffins from The Pioneer Woman and this frittata recipe from Smitten Kitchen for something sweet and something savory.

2. Light the fire: Since Santa has already come down the chimney, it’s safe to put a couple of crackling logs in the fireplace and enjoy the warmth of a fire. If you don’t have a fireplace, but want the same warm glow that comes from the hearth, light a few holiday-scented candles.

3. Twinkly Lights: One of our favorite Christmas ideas is a perennial classic! We love bundling up with a cozy sweater and chunky knit scarf to tour the neighborhood on foot for some fresh air. Don’t forget to bring a cup of hot cocoa to keep you warm while you enjoy the lights and holiday displays.

4. Holiday Sounds: Make sure you put creating a holiday playlist on your list of Christmas ideas! That way, as you pull down the stockings, the perfect holiday tunes will fill the air with merriment and festive cheer.  

5. Friendly competition: Partial to Scrabble or crazy for Clue? Do you get competitive over Monopoly or laugh endlessly in Taboo? There’s no cozier evening at home with family than game night! For a Christmas idea spin, swap the typical game night snacks for cookies and cocktails (with sparkling apple cider for the kids so they feel special too.) Make it a holiday tradition and let the board game battles begin!