15 Things To Do If You Don’t Do Christmas

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In 1997 the widely popular sitcom Seinfeld brought us Festivus [for the rest of us], which TV critic Dan Salkin describes as “the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering”. But whether you enjoy a traditional Festivus dinner or not, here are 15 things to keep you and your friends in a joyous mood.

  1. Glue things to other things until you’re happy with how it looks and hang it on your wall; macaroni, sticks, feathers, the world if your canvas
  2. Get a head start on New Years Resolutions and start today – and if you haven’t got any resolutions, write down everything you want to achieve in the coming year and make those into actionable goals
  3. Dinner with friends, no gifts allowed – everyone brings a plate, joins around the table, and if you’re in the carolling mood join hands and sing other songs you all know like:
    • Mr Brightside by The Killers
    • Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
    • A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Calton
    • Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
    • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
    • Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran
    • Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
    • Drunk in Love by Beyonce ft Jay Z
    • Africa by Toto
  4. Get  together with friends and spend the day making gifts for each other
  5. Have a movie night – Don’t forget candy, soda and popcorn… otherwise your movie will taste like NOTHING. That’d be gross.
  6. Binge watch a classic 90s TV show like Charmed or Baywatch
  7. Make a list of all the things that make you uncomfortable, then try to cross everything off that list by doing it once.
  8. Go to the park! Have a picnic, stare at the birds, drink copious amounts of water, enjoy the QLD summer
  9. Have a dance party, crank your music up as loud as you like (everyone else will be playing music too) and dance until you can’t feel your feet
  10. Dress up and go somewhere – wear a suit to McDonalds, or your Halloween costume to the movies
  11. Plan a holiday and start a nest egg – cruises are inexpensive and see you fed like Henry VIII for a week while you sun yourself and see parts of the world you might next see, or book a camper van and go explore a bit of Queensland you’ve never seen
  12. Build a pillow fort – you are not too cool for a pillow fort, no one is
  13. Pick a skill you’ve always wanted to learn, jump on Youtube and watch videos till you’re a theoretic expert, then put learning the practical skill at the top of your New Years Resolutions
  14. Do something you used to enjoy as a kid and haven’t done in years. Play in the mud, eat a sheet of construction paper, climb a tree.
  15. Pick a different holiday and celebrate that instead. Not only is late December the home of Festivus and Christmas, it also hosts Roots Day, International Dalek Remembrance Day, Flashlight Day, Short Story Day, Don’t Make Your Bed Day and Games Day. But also who cares, make your own holiday, pick a celebrity birthday to toast (Dido for example), or combine holidays!