Christmas 2021 will be here soon and we’ll all be busy with our Christmas activities. Here are some Christmas things to do to prepare for Christmas Day.
It’s that time of the year once again – there’s a chill in the air and a spring in your step and music, cheer, fun, and fervour everywhere. It’s Christmas once again!
If you celebrate Christmas, whether you are religious or not, you likely know the importance, as well as the meaning of Christmas. Celebrating this festival is not just about singing Christmas carols, playing Santa Claus to your kids, and sending Christmas greetings and Merry Christmas cards.
There are a lot of Christmas activities to plan your Christmas celebrations well before the 25th of December. If you want to make celebrating Christmas special for your family, here are some Christmas traditions and Christmas things to get ready for Christmas Eve.
7 Christmas Activities & Christmas Traditions to Celebrate Christmas 2021
These Christmas activities and Christmas traditions help you get ready with your preparations and bring that Christmassy feeling to your home well before Christmas Eve.
1. Write to Santa & get a letter from Santa
Did you know you could write a letter to Santa and make sure your kids get a letter back from Santa? Yes, indeed!
If your child is asking you, “Is Santa Claus real?” the US Postal Service™ will help you prove to your little ones that Santa exists, when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with the North Pole Postmark!
The Greetings from the North Pole Post Office program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for getting kids interested in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.
They recommend sending your letters by December 7th so that they can be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than December 14. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest!
And if you want to follow Santa’s sleigh around the globe together, just explore Google’s Santa Claus tracker website where you can count down the days to Christmas, explore, play Christmas games and learn with Santa’s elves all December long.
2. Put up the Christmas tree & Christmas decorations
Decorating your home for Christmas will get your children excited about the holiday and they can easily help you hang Christmas decorations around your house or even make their own, unique handmade Christmas decorations.
Indians usually celebrate Christmas by putting up artificial Christmas trees and buying Christmas table decorations online. Here are some beautiful handmade Christmas decorations to bring some Christmas cheer into your home this holiday season.
This 3D digital Christmas Window Curtain Set of 2 printed polyester window curtains makes the best Christmas window decorations to create that Christmas feel.
This beautiful Christmas Wreath is 12 inches in diameter and can be hung on doors as Christmas door decorations or on windows and walls and welcome visitors with beautiful homemade Christmas decorations.
Christmas ornaments are one of the most commonly used Christmas decorations for Christmas trees and come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles.
On average, most Christmas ornaments are in the shape of a ball. They are typically coloured red, green, silver, or gold, and may also have unique messages or Christmas symbols.
Christmas ornaments are most commonly hung from Christmas tree branches using ornament hooks, yarn, or thread. This set of 7 beautiful handmade Christmas Ornaments are Christmas tree decorations made of Perler beads.
Ship these holiday decorations across India from SHOPonSHEROES and put up your Christmas tree and nativity scene in early December. Don’t forget the Christmas tree topper ornament!
While Christmas tree toppers, like all other Christmas decorations, come in a wide variety of different sizes, shapes, and styles, they are most commonly sold as angels.
Other popular toppers include stars, crosses, and Santas. Many Christmas tree toppers are designed to light up, with Christmas lights, and some may even play a musical Christmas tune.
Christmas garlands also come in a number of different styles such as floral garlands and beaded garlands. It is also possible to find a pre-light garland that has Christmas lights attached so you can reduce the amount of time it takes to decorate your Christmas tree.
Christmas tree lights are the most common decoration used on a Christmas tree. They are a small set of multicoloured or white lights that can be set to play a Christmas tune or flash in a certain pattern.
If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party, make sure that your home is decorated for Christmas, because a party isn’t really a party without party decorations!
3. Put up the Christmas light decorations
Christmas light decorations are an essential Christmas decoration for this time of year. If you already have some Diwali lights up, you can leave them up throughout Christmas and New Year. If not, you can light up your home for the holiday season with these beautiful Christmas string lights.
These Leaf String Lights are lightweight and sturdy and make great indoor Christmas lights. They are easy to move, bend, install, and are energy-saving and eco-friendly.
This 21-foot, 30 LED, long-hanging, waterproof, garden Solar Water Drop String Fairy Lights make great Christmas fairy lights. The 200 mAh solar panels on these lights keep them working for up to 12 hours on a 6 to 8-hour charge.
You can use this set of 21-foot, 30 LED, long-hanging, waterproof, garden Solar Pencil-Style String Lights as Christmas light decorations for outdoor or garden decor. The 200 mAh solar panels keep them working for up to 12 hours on a 6 to 8-hour charge.
Light up your home this Christmas with these beautiful Crystal Ball LED String Lights and add a touch of elegance to your Christmas decorations. You can hang these LED house Christmas lights both inside and outside the home.
4. Ship your Christmas presents & Christmas gifts
How can you find that perfect Christmas gift for your special someone? Most of us will be shopping online for Christmas presents for our own family as well as Christmas hampers to send to friends and family in time for Christmas.
Wondering where to find the perfect Christmas present ideas for kids? On SHOPonSHEROES, you can choose from the best non-toy Christmas gifts for kids in India, shop for the best children’s toys and games online, or get your preschooler into the reading habit with some of the best children’s books for kids.
You can send Christmas gifts to India that everyone will love with these delicious Homemade Dark Chocolates. They make the perfect holiday gift of Christmas chocolate and also make great Christmas party favours.
Not sure what to send as Christmas gifts for boyfriends or husbands? The Man Company’s Face Care Combo is the best Christmas gift for boyfriends, husbands, or brothers in India.
It has all the essentials for a complete face care regimen, carefully curated by brand ambassador, Ayushmann Khurrana. Check out this list of gifts for men for some more Christmas gifts for him.
Give the Goddess in your life the gift of this beautiful Iba make-up gift set box – a cruelty-free, halal, vegan, basic makeup kit that makes the best Christmas gift for girlfriends! It comes with foundation, compact, primer, lipsticks, and kajal, and is designed to perfectly match her complexion.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford fancy jewellery, perfume, or clothes. Buy her a dozen red roses, or a bunch of her favourite flowers and send it to her with a romantic poem, and you can be sure this Christmas gift will stay etched in her memory for a lifetime.
Send your sweetheart these Christmas flowers and chocolate in a handcrafted Heart-Shaped Chocolate Gift Hamper that comes with premium quality chocolates. It makes a great personalised chocolate gift for Christmas or any other special occasion.
Of course, you can never, ever go wrong with… chocolates! If you need Christmas gifts for teens or Christmas gifts for sisters in India, they’ll love it when you send them these chocolate gifts and sweet hampers.
In fact, our favourite Christmas gift idea for parents would have to be these artisanal golden Rum-N-Raisins Chocolate Bottles studded with raisins soaked in rum from Happy High Artisan Chocolates.
These vegetarian, organic, rich, champagne-shaped, luxury chocolate bottles don’t contain any artificial preservatives, flavours, essence, or additives, and make the perfect luxury chocolate Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Don’t forget to send your secret Santa gifts in time for Christmas Day so your loved ones get a wonderful Christmas surprise and send your Christmas greetings and messages in a Christmas card along with your Christmas presents.
The most popular Christmas greeting to write in your Christmas card is “Merry Christmas,” referring to the joyous spirit around the Christmas holiday, although it can vary depending on cultural and religious differences.
If you’re unclear about what ethnic background or culture someone is from, it’s best to send a card with a secular sentiment, such as “Happy Holidays,” “Seasons Greetings,” “Peace on Earth” or just “Compliments of the season.”
5. Read Christmas stories to your kids
If you have little ones, you can buy them these beautiful Christmas books and read them some Christmas stories on or before Christmas Eve to get them in the Christmas mood. Here are some of the delightful Christmas storybooks for kids that would also make great Christmas gifts for little ones.
Will Santa really come? The animals are waiting to find out in Waiting For Santa, Steve Metzger’s Christmas storybook for kindergartners. “It’s Christmas Eve. ‘We’ve got to get ready for Santa Claus!’ Bear tells his friends.
While the other animals are excited, Badger isn’t convinced. Badger grumbles that Santa’s not coming. But Bear tells Badger and his friends that they must believe! So Bear organizes his friends to help get ready for Santa’s visit.
In Little Duck’s First Christmas by Dawn Richards, it’s Little Duck’s first-ever Christmas, and she’s desperate for the Christmas Bear to visit with his sack of presents. But he only comes when you’ve been good, and Little Duck isn’t sure she has. Follow her on her journey to do a good deed in this charming book for preschoolers.
The Snowman is Raymond Briggs’ beloved classic that captures the wonder and innocence of childhood. One winter’s night a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. This storybook for kids 6 to 8 is a true piece of Christmas magic narrated entirely through pictures.
Peppa’s Christmas Wish is a wonderful Christmas storybook written by Neville Astley and Mark Baker. In this delightful Christmas story, your kids will find out if Peppa’s very special Christmas wish comes true. They’ll join her and her brother George as they get ready for Christmas, going on to Santa’s grotto and meeting Granny Pig.
The Polar Bear & The Snow Cloud is a wintery tale of a lonely Polar bear. Snow animals meant to keep him company melt away at the end of the day. And they can’t swim and splash or play hide-and-seek as a real friend can. A real friend . . . that’s just what he needs! This Christmas story is perfect for kids from 3 to 5 years.
Read the Christmas Nativity story and many other stories to your kids this Christmas season in this Hardcover storybook by Victoria Parker that’s suitable for kids from 6 to 8 years. These 100 Bible Stories will soon be hidden in your child’s heart and bursting out in song.
6. Plan your Christmas dinner or Christmas party
Spending Christmas at home? Plan your Christmas dinner ideas and stock up on Christmas party supplies, including Christmas sweets like marzipan and plum cake, Christmas cocktails, and Christmas wine.
If you enjoy homemade wine, you’ll need to start making it months in advance or order it from someone who does. Don’t forget to get the mandatory Santa hats for your guests and check out our collection of party wear Western dresses for your party look.
This pack of 10 empty Santa Paper Containers is one of the cutest Christmas ideas for giving away Christmas goodies or gifting chocolates to kids at Christmas time. They make the best Christmas party bags or Christmas loot bags for your little party guests.
Add a dash of fun and frolic to your Christmas party with these Santa Facemasks. Go ahead and order a bunch of these Christmas party favours so you have enough for all your guests.
Here are some of the most popular classic and contemporary Christmas Carols to add to your Christmas party playlist.
- Deck The Halls
- Carol Of The Bells
- Silent Night
- Jingle Bells
- The First Noel
- 12 Days Of Christmas
- Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas
If you live far away from friends and family, you can even plan a virtual Christmas party online with a videoconferencing app.
7. Watch a Christmas movie to wrap up Christmas Day
This list of Christmas movies will bring home that wonderful Christmas spirit and wrap up your Christmas Day. After all, Christmas time is all about family and togetherness.
These recommendations include Christmas movies that the whole family will enjoy. Many of them are available free or can be rented on YouTube. Your little ones will be delighted to watch many of these animated classics for the first time.
- A Christmas Carol
This free movie on YouTube tells Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge in a full-length animated musical.
In the course of a single night, Christmas Eve, Ebenezer’s cold heart is warmed forever and he grasps the true meaning of Christmas when he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
This tender tale of hope and redemption comes to life with the voices of Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Asner and Michael York.
- The Night Before Christmas (1968)
The Night Before Christmas is a classic 1968 cartoon released by Playhouse Pictures/Elba Productions. This YouTube version is from a painstakingly restored vintage 1986 VHS copy. You’ll enjoy the wonderful music and singing, and get nostalgic if you grew up watching it.
- The Grinch (2018)
Also known as Dr Seuss’ The Grinch, this computer-animated Christmas fantasy film was is based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss.
In this delightful movie, available free on YouTube, the Grinch grows increasingly annoyed with the ever-growing festive cheer that engulfs the village of Whoville. So, he teams up with his dog to ruin the festive spirit by being a spoilsport.
- Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
In this classic movie available on Disney Hotstar, 6-year-old Susan Walker is sceptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus. She changes her opinion after meeting Kriss Kringle, a department store Santa who believes he’s the genuine article.
- The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
The Christmas Chronicles is a 2018 American Christmas comedy film and the first in The Christmas Chronicles film series. The plot follows two children, Kate and Teddy, who notice Santa Claus in their home and jump into his sleigh with his reindeer.
However, the sleigh eventually malfunctions and crashes and the presents are lost. As Christmas morning approaches, it is up to the children and Santa to save Christmas by correctly delivering all of the presents.
- Elf (2003)
What could be more fun for a kid to watch than a six-foot-tall elf? Between Will Farrell’s great performance and the wacky concept of an Elf on the loose in New York City, this is destined to become a Christmas classic.
Elf is an American Christmas comedy film that centres on Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. He learns about this and heads to New York City to meet his biological father while also spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics.
- The Santa Clause (1994)
Every kid’s dream is to go to the North Pole, but how many kids can say that Santa is their Dad? Watch an unwilling Tim Allen become Santa when you rent this series of 3 movies on YouTube. Watch them in sequence here – The Santa Clause 1, The Santa Clause 2 & The Santa Clause 3.
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
No list of “must-see holiday movies” would be complete without this classic American family fantasy drama film loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey gives up his personal dreams in order to help others in his community.
His suicide attempt on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, who shows George how he has touched the lives of others and how different life would be if he had not been born.
- Home Alone (1990)
The first film in the Home Alone American comedy franchise follows a young boy as he defends his home from two burglars after his family accidentally leaves him behind in suburban Chicago on their vacation to Paris. You can watch it on Disney Hotstar.
Well, we hope you enjoyed this list of Christmas activities and Christmas things to do to prepare for this holiday season.
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