$0 festivities, right this way
1. Throw a cookie-swap party with ingredients you and your friends already have in your pantries. Make it a competition. Get overly competitive. Cool down because who can stay mad when there are cookies around?
2. Watch A Christmas Story for the thousandth time on TBS.
3. Google-stalk “kid from A Christmas Story” and revel in how cute he turned out.
4. Research cool holiday traditions from around the world and incorporate one of them into your family celebration. (Did you know that in Japan they eat KFC on December 25th?)
5. Before all the holiday parties, set up an at-home spa with friends and paint each other’s nails while wearing DIY hair masks.
6. Go window-shopping at the swankiest stores you can find. Wonder if the mannequins secretly come alive at night.
7. Call a friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a long time and catch up.
8. Throw a Pinterest party and make some of those cool DIY holiday decorations you’ve been pinning for the past four years.
9. Grab some friends or family and volunteer together. That’s what the holidays are all about, no?
10. Take a spontaneous road trip to a nearby city or town and window-shop there.
11. Pull up instrumental versions of your favorite Christmas songs on YouTube and host a karaoke party in your living room. Subsequently realize how weird “Santa Baby” is.
12. If there’s snow on the ground, play in it.
13. Visit a museum. Seriously. A lot of them are free, and the holidays make for a more robust people-watching experience.
14. Take your hot chocolate to the next level.
15. Have a gift-wrapping party.
16. Wear something red.
17. Watch a sporting event in its entirety. Consider this your gift to your husband/boyfriend/sportiest pal.
18. Teach yourself how to juggle. You’ve always wanted to know how, plus when all the little kids are crying at Christmas dinner, you’ll be the hero for calming them down with your mad clown skills.
19. Watch the Amy Schumer HBO comedy special.
20. Watch Love Actually on Netflix.
21. Watch YouTube beauty tutorials to perfect your holiday party look.
22. Make paper snowflake cutouts that might seem “simple” but totally suit your toddler-level crafting abilities.
23. Light a fire, slip into your coziest pajamas, grab a good book and relax.
24. Research places near you that go all out on Christmas decorations, then go there.
25. Research places around the world that are 80 degrees in December, then fantasize about going there.
26. Bake sugar cookies and bring them to the neighbors you’ve never met.
27. Take a nap before your entire family rolls into town.
28. Try meditation to relieve the stress of having your entire family in town.
29. Research local breweries or vineyards that offer free tours and tastings. (Because…entire family in town.)
30. Walk around your neighborhood caroling as loudly as you can until an angry neighbor threatens to call the police.