One of the best things about the holidays is that most of us get some much-needed time off. However, when you’re always on the go, it can be difficult to figure out what to do with that precious quality time. Don’t waste another day off. Here’s a list of fun things to do at home that will help you make the most of your downtime this holiday season.

Throw a Cookie-Decorating Party

close up of hands decorating christmas cookiesFeed your sweet tooth and be social all at once. Invite friends over to have a decorated-cookie swap, or set up an assembly line and let everyone design their own cookies for a little pre-holiday fun. It’s a great way to socialize with friends and family without the pressure of preparing a complicated meal stressing you out.

Go Outside

If you live somewhere where it snows, an obvious way to make a few holiday memories is to play in the powder. Sledding is a winter classic for a reason: it’s fun! Channel your inner child and get to the ice!

Have a DIY Day

Use your free days to try out all of those DIY crafts you’ve been meaning to experiment with. This day-off activity also helps with any last-minute gift needs. Instead of making a mad rush to crowded stores, make something with your own two hands. The personal touch will show that you care.

Make Room for Gifts and Guests

If you want to feel like you accomplished something during your time off, this may be the perfect time to do a full-home decluttering. Prepare for the influx of visitors and gifts by clearing some space out. Donating your old stuff to charity is a wonderful way to celebrate the giving season while helping yourself a little, too.

Plan a Trip

Get excited for the year ahead by planning a holiday during the holidays. Starting early not only saves you money but can also give you and your family ample time to talk about and research different locations, activities, and events together. Have everyone make a wish list of places, and spend your day talking about dream destinations before settling on a plan. Enter the year with something to look forward to and a little more knowledge about the world!

Have a Holiday Film Festival

family watching a movie on the couchMovies are just as much a part of the holidays as snow, reindeer, and mistletoe. Put a new twist on an old tradition by throwing a holiday film festival. Invite friends and family to submit movies for viewing, and make a schedule. You could even give out tickets, set aside time for reviews, and make special snacks. It’s another low-pressure way to spend time with your loved ones without all of the fuss.

Host a Karaoke Competition

Channel your inner pop star and have a little fun by organizing an at-home karaoke competition with a holiday flair. You can easily find lyrics and instrumental versions of your favorite holiday songs online. Turn up the music and enjoy belting out your favorite tunes. It’s all the fun of karaoke with zero pressure.

The holidays offer us the perfect opportunity to unwind and reconnect with the people we love, but somehow, it can a challenge to decide just what to do with all that freedom. Whether you want to feel accomplished or you just want to be silly, take the holidays to focus on quality time and making memories.