What are the Top Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Family and Friends?




As the new year approaches, it's the perfect time to gather with loved ones and create lasting memories. Whether you're looking for traditional activities or something a little creative, here are some top 8 ways to celebrate the holidays with family and friends!

1. Have a Baking Day

There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked cookies to get everyone in the holiday spirit, so gather your family and friends for a day of baking! This is a fun way to bond and enjoy different treats, from traditional gingerbread to innovative new recipes. After all, food evokes long-lost memories, making the day even more nostalgic! Those delicious smells take you back to warm memories. 

2. Host a Themed Party

Choose a fun theme that excites everyone. Examples include a roaring '20s party, a pajama party, or a futuristic party to welcome the next year in style. Encourage guests to dress according to the theme and decorate your space to match. If you can't be physically together, host a virtual party. Use video calls to connect with those far away, play online games, and count down to the new year together.

3. Organize a Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Secret Santa is a delightful way to exchange gifts and add an element of surprise to your celebrations. Similar to White Elephant gifts, it's fun and helps manage the holiday budget. There’s less pressure and just as much holiday magic!

4. Arrange a Holiday Movie Marathon

For a more relaxed celebration, host a movie marathon with all-time favorite films or new releases. What are your favorites? Elf, Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember, Scrooged? Don't forget the popcorn, hot chocolate, and blankets for a comfy night!

5. Create DIY Decorations

Get creative and make your decorations! This activity is especially great for families with children. It’s a fun way to engage everyone’s creativity and decorate your home with personal touches. From making ornaments to creating your own Christmas and New Year’s cards, an afternoon of crafting is a peaceful and enjoyable way to spend time together. Or you can create a memory jar where everyone can drop notes about their favorite moments from the past year. Read them out loud during the party, reflecting on the good times. 

6. Enjoy Outdoor Activities

If you live in a place where it snows, take advantage of it. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. After the day’s activities, gather around the fireplace, roast marshmallows, or even have a barbeque, and share stories under the starlit sky.

7. Share Stories and Memories on My Stories Matter 

Use these New Year gatherings as an opportunity to share fond memories. Encourage family members to recount their favorite stories, evoking laughter, tears, and a deeper connection. You can even record these stories on My Stories Matter to preserve them for future generations! Collaborate, add photos, and much more, to fill in the pieces of past and current holiday family memories. Learn about all the latest features we have to offer and sign up today!

8. Create a Life Stories Book on My Stories Matter 

What’s better than a scrapbook? A Life Stories Book! These are tailored to keeping memories alive. It’s a fun and collaborative family project, where everyone contributes.

From watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV to lighting sparklers or banging pots and pans at midnight, remember that the best way to celebrate the New Year is in a way that brings happiness and warmth to you and your loved ones. Visit My Stories Matter for more ideas on making the most of your holiday season and creating lasting memories!


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