Things to do during the holidays besides drinking

Things to do during the holidays besides drinking

Things to do during the holidays besides drinking

Written by Morgan, a Mom with a Mocktail and a new baby!  She’s celebrating her son’s first Christmas this year. 

The holidays are a fun time of year for family, friends and for making memories. These fun times don’t have to involve alcohol.  I have comprised a list of 10 fun activities of things to do during the holidays besides drinking. Enjoy!


Bake cookies at home.

This activity is fun and delicious! You can dedicate a whole day to

baking and then take some cookies to your neighbors. Turn on some

Christmas music, throw on your apron and get to baking.


(Natalie, Mama with a Mocktail, likes to bake peanut butter blossom

cookies. Here’s my favorite Betty Crocker recipe  . They are really easy and not too sweet. )


Go look at Christmas lights.

Whether it’s walking through your neighborhood to look at lights or

driving around town to count how many houses have lights up around

you, this is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. 


(Fun fact, Morgan’s now husband, proposed to her at Christmas Tree



Make hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie.

There is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a cup of warm

hot cocoa to watch a Christmas movie. There is no alcohol needed

because the cocoa will make you feel warm and fuzzy by itself. Make

sure you add marshmallows or whipped cream—or both! No judgement

here. :)


Do a DIY Christmas project.

If you are feeling a bit crafty, this activity is for you. Grab your supplies

and get too creating. You could make your own ornament, garland, a

cute sign...the possibilities are endless! Plus you’ll end up with a

keepsake that you can cherish for years to come.


Read by the fire (or heater).

I know I said watching a movie and drinking hot cocoa is cozy, but this

may be even better. Grab your softest blanket and curl up next to a

roaring fire with your favorite book. If you don’t have a fireplace, curling

up near the heater works, too! Or even under a nice warm blanket.


Make Christmas cards.

You can make cards digitally or buy some at the store, but another fun

activity to do this time of year is to make and send Christmas cards. The

best part is your family and friends benefit from this, too! Sending them

a card shows them that you are thinking about them. And, who doesn’t

love getting mail?!?


Build a gingerbread house with family or friends.

This activity is a little on the messy side, but it is definitely a blast! You

can buy a gingerbread house kit or gather your own supplies and make

your own. Just because it is called a gingerbread house, that does not

mean you have to use gingerbread cookies. You could use graham

crackers or even Pop Tarts. The best part is afterwards you can eat all

the yummy building supplies.


Wrap presents while listening to Christmas music or watching a Christmas movie.

Wrapping presents may not be your thing, but you can make it more fun by

adding some jolly Christmas music to the mix. Turn on your favorite Christmas

album (or movie) and get to wrapping.


Take a walk.

Getting outside and moving is a great way to change your mood.  When

I’ve had enough of being inside, I find some fresh air really recharges

me!  Here is California, we’ve been lucky to have some amazing 70

degree days.  I’ve been enjoying the outdoors and feel refreshed after I

get myself moving. 


Donate or give to others

Donate a toy to Toys for Tots to help someone in need. 

There are so many kids who will not be receiving any Christmas gifts

this year. If you are able, pick up a toy at the store and take it to a toy

drive local to you. Not only will this be a fun activity for you, but you will

bring a smile to a child in need’s face. That is what Christmas is all



You could also make a care package of goodies for your neighbors or

friends.  Or, make a bouquet and surprise a friend and put it on their

doorstep.  Think of ways that you can put a smile on someone’s



Hope this list of things to do during the holidays besides drinking gives you some

ideas of ways that you can stay alcohol free this holiday season. 

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