Creating Holiday Memories
Ideas for festive activities to do with family, friends
By Anya Britzius • Photos by Terry Brennan
One of the most cherished parts of the Christmas season is spending time with family and friends. Looking for a few new traditions? Here are some festive activities to do with loved ones.
- Host an evening of caroling and hot cocoa
Gather a crew to go caroling in the neighborhood or find a local assisted living facility. Afterward, treat the carolers to a hot cocoa bar. Set out toppings they can choose from—whipped cream, marshmallows, crushed peppermint, chocolate chips, sprinkles and caramels. Cheers!
- Make a Christmas ornament
Spend time with your family and make a special ornament for the year. In the years to come, you can reminisce when hanging it on the tree.
- Volunteer together
Get creative in making a difference this season. Volunteer to bring homebound church members to holiday services or shopping. Deliver a meal to someone, get involved with a Thrivent Action Team or collect presents for those in need.
- Make a blessings jar
Start by decorating a jar, and each day have family members write down a blessing. Then pick a day (such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve) to read all of the blessings and reflect as a family.