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45 Joyous and Clever Ways to Celebrate Christmas at Home

November 17, 2021

Home for the holidays has new meaning this year, and accordingly, we’re all getting creative. Pull up a chair: our family of experts and pro friends are here with sentimental, crafty and wild ways to help you and your loved ones get festive wherever you are.

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Go All-In on Matching Pajamas

If ever a holiday season called for festive sleepwear that can go the distance, friends, this is that season. Get matchy-matchy with your favorite people, near and far, and don’t be shy about wearing that team uniform long past photo sessions and Christmas morning (matching-jammies video calls, anyone?). Outfit your whole crew with these classic long johns from Hanna Andersson.

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Concoct Concurrent Cookies

Swapping treats might be out of the question this season, but sweetening Zoom calls by bringing your laptop to the kitchen, pointing it at your work area and sharing the experience of holiday baking with your pals is all the rage. If you want to get extra-synchronized, pick a recipe that you’ll all prepare in your respective kitchens during your chat. A cross-country holiday bake-off? We’re in.

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Play Holiday Movie Night Bingo

Whether you’re the kind of crowd that settles in for It’s a Wonderful Life or the kind that looks forward to an annual Die Hard screening, our movie mavens give two thumbs up for adding a game to the mix (find our instructions and holiday movie night tips here). Create a long-distance group screening with a tool like Teleparty, a free Chrome extension that synchronizes video playback and adds a group chat for far-flung viewers.

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Step Up Your Ugly Sweater Game

This year’s must-have accessory is also an excellent opportunity to double down on kitsch, and an ugly mask made and modeled by Austin crafter Diana Boch (embellished with charms and double-layered with a pocket for inserting an extra filter, if you like) is just the thing to jazz up walks around the neighborhood; snag your own here.

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