How many of you out there see your friends or neighbors posting adorable family activities on Facebook? Or flip through Pinterest and think, “Wow, I need to be better at adult-ing?” We’ve all been there.

I’m one of those people that want the “perfect life” that you see people posting about. But honestly…who has that kind of time?

I’ve put together my own “25 Days of Christmas” list that I’m going to try this year. These activities are either free or very inexpensive. Some of them are do-it-at-home’s and some will have you venturing outdoors. It’s just a list of fun family traditions that you can start with your kids, significant other, etc.

December 1: Decorate Your Christmas Tree

Because who even waits until December? Doesn’t everyone do this now as soon as Halloween is over?

December 2: Family Movie Night

Make some popcorn and put on your pajamas for your favorite holiday flick.

December 3: Write Out Christmas Cards

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid we did this as a family. I insisted on writing my own name on every single Christmas card we sent out. You can also have the kids make some special ones for their grandparents.

December 4: Make Your Own Pizzas

It’s Friday night, so that calls for pizza…doesn’t it? You don’t have to go completely homemade. Buy a store bought crust, some sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings.

December 5: Go Shopping

Let the kids pick out their own presents for each other and special family members at the Dollar Tree. Since everything is a dollar, give them a $5 or a $10 and let them go crazy! They love picking out their own gifts and put so much thought into it.

December 6: Listen to Christmas Music

Have a piano? Know how to play it? If not, crank up some classics on that Pandora (or some Mariah Carey) and have an old-fashioned dance party!

December 7: Go Through Old Toys and Clothes

Donate them to the Salvation Army or another organization that benefits the less fortunate. This not only makes someone’s Christmas, but also helps the kids learn to give.

December 8: Christmas Crafts

Whether it’s ornaments, picture frames, snow globes, etc., crafting is still one of my absolute favorite things to do during the holiday season. Let them make gifts for their grandparents or teachers too!

December 9: Take Christmas Pictures

You don’t have to pay to have them professionally done. Put your coats on and play in the snow! Or get out that selfie stick and take them in front of your tree or fireplace. I think the best pictures I’ve ever had of my family are the candids that we’ve taken ourselves.

December 10: Volunteer Your Time

At a local soup kitchen, nursing home, animal shelter, etc. People appreciate this more than you’ll ever know. (Check out Abby’s article on volunteering for some great ideas!)

December 11: Drive Around and Look at Christmas Lights

This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid! If your neighborhood doesn’t do a ton of decorating, just find one that does! My Dad used to drive around for hours looking at lights until we either got nauseous from his crazy driving or fell asleep in the back seat.

December 12: Buy Toys to Donate

Whether you’re doing it for work, church, etc. you can always find an organization that is collecting toys for the less fortunate. This is a great thing to do with your kids too. Let them pick something out that they can give away to make another child’s Christmas special.

December 13: Make Christmas Cards

For the troops, nursing home residents, etc. Churches collect these to send overseas to the men and women in the military. If you’re making them for a nursing home, drop them off yourselves!  Most homes will let you walk around and pass them out to the residents. I can’t even tell you how happy this makes them.

December 14: Buy New Christmas PJ’s

Let the kids pick out their own, and get some for yourselves! I know I sleep in a hoodie and sweatpants every night, but Christmas is different. Then you all look cute and stylish while you open your presents in the morning.

December 15: Have Breakfast for Dinner

Gingerbread waffles or something else festive. Eat it in your pj’s while you listen to Christmas music.

December 16: Grocery Shop Together

As you prepare for everything you need to cook over Christmas, let the kids pick out their own snacks for wrapping night, or what they want for breakfast Christmas morning…even their own cookie decorations.

December 17: Make a Gingerbread House

You don’t have to go old school and creative unless you want to. Most stores have kits for these now. It makes a great centerpiece on your holiday table.

December 18: Go Caroling

Many churches and other organizations have groups that will do this door-to-door in neighborhoods, nursing homes, etc. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Right you are, Buddy!

December 19: Wrap Presents as a Family

Obviously you can’t do certain ones in front of eachother, but kids LOVE wrapping presents…or at least I did. I used to make every single bow that my mom put on every single package. Sure, they won’t look great because they can’t fold a hard corner. But they will be special.

December 20: Attend a Church Service

Even if you don’t do this regularly, our local churches are absolutely gorgeous during the Christmas season. I love singing Christmas carols in the candle light, seeing all the poinsettias and decorations…it’s just a special time to be around your church family.

December 21: Game Night

Whether it’s Candy Land, Texas Hold ‘em, or whatever is appropriate for the age group…just hang out and play some games!

December 22: Bake Cookies

Every single kind you can think of. This is by far my favorite Christmas tradition. Some of the dough even gets cooked before I have a chance to eat it!

December 23: Play in the Snow

Obviously you might need to adjust the day on this one. Go sled riding, build a snow man, smash someone in the face with a snow ball…get back to being a kid yourself!

December 24: Read The Night Before Christmas

I still have the same book that we read as kids. And I still read it every Christmas Eve. Don’t forget to leave milk & cookies out for Santa, and carrots for the Reindeer!

December 25: Enjoy Your Family

Christmas is such a special time of year that we have to be thankful for and spend with the ones that we love.

Well, that’s my 25 days of Christmas. Some of these may not apply to your family whatsoever, but they’re all going to be fun for my crazy little one.

Do you have any traditions that you’d like to share?

Allie is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. She is a 2006 graduate of Blackhawk High School, and still resides in Patterson Heights with her husband Andy and their 3-year old son, Luke. She is a Regional Manager at PLS Logistics and a sports fanatic. You can find her on Facebook as Allie Dixon.