We may still be in the middle of a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean your holiday season should be anything less than cheerful! This year – give the gift of safety by getting in the holiday spirit while staying at home. Amplified has compiled a list of 8 ways to make this season as festive as possible from the safety and comfort of your house.

Create a holiday playlist

The easiest way to kick start your holiday cheer is to make a playlist of all your favorite festive songs. Blast your playlist to build anticipation for the big day. If you’re feeling brave, you could even host a stay-at-home holiday karaoke night featuring songs from your playlist!

Bake festive holiday cookies

Whether you’re trying a new recipe or remaking a favorite, baking holiday cookies will make your taste buds happy and leave your home smelling delicious. Grab the most festive cookie cutters and decorations to host a friendly competition between the people in your home. Then, take a vote to see who makes the most festive and tasty holiday cookie!

Host a virtual holiday game night

Since you won’t be seeing most of your loved ones in person this year, set up a night for everyone to get together virtually! Hosting a virtual holiday game night with your friends or family could be just as fun as gathering in person. Prepare some fun games for the group and create a special holiday cocktail for the occasion.

Watch your favorite holiday movie

Most things look different this year, but your favorite holiday movie doesn’t! Whether it’s an old classic or a new age film, pop some popcorn (or maybe just eat some of those holiday cookies you made) and unwind by watching your favorite festive movie.

Volunteer virtually

While it is harder to volunteer in person this year, there are still plenty or organizations that could use your help virtually! Spread cheer this holiday season while staying safe at home. Check out https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering  to get a list virtual volunteer opportunities in your area.

Make your home festive for the holidays

Since you’re going to be spending more time at home this year, you might as well make it feel like a winter wonderland! Break out all your favorite decorations to bring holiday cheer to your home. Really outdo yourself!

Hop on a video call with Santa

Meeting Santa is a magical experience for most kids. Although they won’t get the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap this year, they can still tell him their Christmas wishes virtually! There are plenty of apps and services available to schedule a call and bring the Santa experience to your living room.

Cook a special holiday meal

There may be a smaller crowd at your holiday dinner this year, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo cooking a special holiday meal. Make this year seem as normal as possible by making your favorite festive dish for the people in your house. Plus, with less mouths to feed, you’ll have more leftovers – yum!


We hope this list gave you some ideas on how to make the most of this holiday season. You could even create some new traditions in the process! Share this list with a friends to help them stay safe and have a happy holiday.