By Shannon Hanrahan • November 13, 2013
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and soon we will be knee-deep in all things holiday. Amidst the hustle and bustle of shopping for the perfect gifts, now is the perfect time to celebrate everything and everyone you are thankful for. No matter where you are, there are so many activities to participate in this time of the year, allowing you to embrace the season and bond with your loved ones. Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season.
Get active. Whether it’s gathering the gang and hitting the local park, or hunting for the perfect Christmas tree, unplugging from technology and getting out is a liberating feeling. You can keep your feet happy with Shiekh, which features shoes for every type of weather, along with ideal picks for every member of the family.
Show and tell. One of my absolute favorite things to do around Christmas is see a show—whether it’s local theater or Broadway, doesn’t matter. I had the luxury of being close to NYC growing up, so my family started the tradition of seeing a Broadway show every year. Thankfully, we’ve stuck with it.
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Throw a party. As previously mentioned, the holidays are about celebrating everything you appreciate in life. Throwing a party will bring everyone together under one roof. The possibilities are endless; my two favorite options are hosting an ugly sweater party or a high-end fancy party. The ugly sweater party is rife for photo ops and contests for who has the ugliest. A classy holiday party, on the other hand, is an opportunity for everyone to dress nice and bring their favorite dishes, potluck style. Both options are fun for people of all ages and will create lasting memories and hopefully traditions.
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Craft it! For me, decorating is the most exciting part of Christmas because I can transform the ordinary into a winter wonderland. If it’s too cold outside, I can take a little time to knock those projects off my Pinterest boards. JoAnn, in fact, is one of the premier stores to gather the fixings to create a holiday masterpiece. From Christmas trees in mason jars to homemade ornaments, you have the ability to make something that can live on year after year. Not only will you have fun making crafts withwhomever joins you, you’ll also have homemade gifts to give. Therefore, you save money and have fun at the same time.
This is how I’ll be unwinding this holiday season. What about you? Share your thoughts below!
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Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).