I am personally counting decorating and cooking/eating as fun, but I wanted to talk specifically about the “activities” that were fun. We did not do a lot of outdoorsy type of fun because I was wearing an ortho boot throughout the holidays and also because flu was rampant here this winter and I wanted to avoid having sick family over the holidays. So we focused on quiet and easy kind of fun.
|| We went Christmas lights watching— the kind that has Christmas music playing which is synchronized with the lights show. We found a house in a 5 minute drive from us.
|| We did crafts.
These Christmas snowmen turned out so cute and cozy. I found this tutorial online and ordered the supplies from Amazon (we did a lot of shopping on Amazon prime, loved the convenience of it since I was not able to drive to the stores).
|| We made a real snowman which here in Austin, Texas is a “once in five years” event.
|| We cut out a bunch of snowflakes.
Snowflake making was surprisingly fun and challenging. We went through a lot of “practice” snowflakes, there is a certain science to it but mostly art, of course:) Again, no snowflake police here and not striving for perfection. You can see the snowflakes display on the glass doors. And no, we did not give wine to the children. They are using it as a prop for a gingerbread village.
|| We built a gingerbread village.
Instead of premade gingerbread house kits that taste like cardboard, we stocked up on the supplies that actually taste good and made our own gingerbread cottages. The idea is from here.
This was a lot of fun but not as easy as we had anticipated.
We learned a couple of tricks so next year the job should go smoother.
The village tasted good and was gone in 1.5 days.
What did you do during the holidays? Any Christmas activities you can recommend in the Austin, Texas areas?