Alternative Ways to Spend Christmas


For many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, bursting with family traditions, festive merriment, and joyous celebrations. While roasting chestnuts on an open fire, decorating the tree, exchanging gifts, and waiting for Santa are considered the norm, there are of course those who don’t partake in the holiday. So what if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then what do you do on December 25th? Whether you simply don’t observe the day or are just looking to shake up the usual routine this year, here are a handful of alternative ways to spend Christmas.

Go Outside
Here in California we have amply ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Besides, exercise is never a bad idea, especially after a long parade of indulgent holiday parties. Taking a long walk is the easiest way, so head to the hills for a scenic hike or go down to the beach to feel the sand between your toes.

Happiest Place on Earth
Unwrap family fun with a trip to visit Mickey and the gang. With festive decorations and enchanting attractions, the season always sparkles a little brighter at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Chinese Restaurant
It may be cliché, but eating Chinese food on Christmas is a time-honored tradition that goes way beyond America’s Jewish population. In fact, according to GrubHub, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day ranked among the most popular days to order Chinese food.

Check out the local Chinese restaurants that deliver in your neighborhood.

Weekend Getaway
It’s never too late to book a last minute vacation. Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday with a little R&R and lavish pampering at a number of resorts across the state. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can always jet off to some tropical destination for some winter fun in the sun.

The Season of Giving
Give back to those in need by lending a hand at a local charity. It’s easy to donate money, but actually donating your time is invaluable. 

Find holiday volunteer opportunities near you.

Movie Therapy
Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, going to the theater on Christmas is always a fun option. With the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re pretty sure you’ve already hit up Fandango and reserved your seat.

If you’re feeling more of a pajama day, break out the popcorn and opt for a movie marathon at home filled with your feel-good faves. No need to get done up and leave the house if you don’t want.

New Year’s Eve Decorating
Take the day and start prepping for a New Year’s Eve party. You can even pop a bottle of bubbly…after all, you deserve a little celebratory indulgence.

Catch Up Day
Have your been neglecting your chores or DIY projects around the house? Why not knock out some items on your to-do list and just relax the rest of the day?