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Do A LITTLE something good
It doesn't matter if you donate money, help out at a shelter or social institution or if you pick up garbage. Tis the season of love! So share l'amour and do something that gives back to the planet and the people around you. Besides, it feels pretty dang good when you do good! Trust me.
Bake something festive
Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies and steaming fruit pies. No need to go all out and bake something fancy like a bûche de Noël. Simple sugar cookies will do the job just fine!
Watch YOUR FAVOURITE holiday movies
The list of feel-good holiday movies is endless. Some are funny, some are touching and some are simply a blast to watch. A few must-see classics are A Christmas Carol, The Grinch, Love Actually, Home Alone, Elf, Harry Potter, It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle On 34th Street.
Write a letter to an old friend
Even though you may have already written Christmas cards, make it a little more personal this year and include a personalized letter too. There's nothing nicer than receiving an unexpected letter in the mail from an old friend.
Flashback to your childhood! Puzzles make the perfect at-home activity on a cold, wintry weekend. Puzzles are really relaxing and actually so much fun, whether you tackle the challenge alone or with friends and family. You don't need to do a 10.000 piecer. Start small and pick a festive theme. Your new favourite pastime? Don't worry, we won't tell!
Go ice skating
Skating may take a little practice, but it's actually a lot of fun (even if you can't skate on your own). Take advantage of your beginner charm and grab on to the first handsome gentleman to pass by. It's all innocent fun! Besides, isn't this how a winter romance should start anyway?
Have friends over
Hosting a little pre-Christmas soirée with some wine, fondue, homemade Christmas cookies, and a secret Santa is always a blast. You can play charades and make DIY ornaments with Polaroid pictures.
Visit a Christmas market
The smell of mulled wine, chocolate and wood...need I say anymore? At the Christmas market you can buy some last minute gifts or stocking-stuffers, and eat your way through all of the stalls. The best time to go to a Christmas market is in the late afternoon, when all of the lovely decorations are lit and the snacks are steaming.
We want to know, what are your favourite ways to unwind over the holidays? Share in the comments below!