The holidays often are a time of hustle and bustle but at the heart of it—it’s about joy, peace, celebration, remembering the past and a embracing a promise of good times to come – none of it strikes such a chord unless friends, family and even beloved pets are there to share the experience. And nowhere in the world is sharing that moment as special as at the cabin. Simple. Beautiful. Memorable. Why not change it up and spend the holidays at the cabin.
At the cabin, the pace is slower. Life is simpler. And the most action usually happens outside as the animals wrestle in the trees. With all busy stuff out of the way, getting down to the heart of the holidays –and capturing that feeling of joy and gratitude is really what it is all about. What better place to do this, then at the cabin?
Cancel the crazed itinerary and make a call to the people you love spending time with the most. Tell them this holiday, we are enjoying quality time at the cabin. To get you excited about it, here are ten things you can do to celebrate the holidays at the cabin.
1. Cook Outdoors and Fire up the Grill
Embrace the low-key cabin vibe by firing up the grill. Get creative. You can grill seafood, if you are going for a more sophisticated vibe or steak or simply burgers. If you’re feeling fancy, Cornish game hens, are spectacular options to the typical fare. Find a new recipe and make it a tradition.
2. Christmas Cabin Cookies
Kids and adults alike love cookies. Embrace the slower pace, crank the holiday music, and bake a variety of Christmas cookies. What better memory than seeing the joy on your kids’ faces while they create cookies at the cabin. Be sure to take a couple pics for keepsake or to share. But not in the moment, savor that and share another time.
3.Get your Tree near your Cabin
If you’re heading up for Christmas, don’t haul a tree.Either pack a saw to cut your own tree or stop and decorate a live pine or other evergreen on your property. Do you have an elderly neighbor who might appreciate a decked out Christmas tree on their property? You’ll never know unless you ask.
4. Crank the Holiday Music
There is something so nostalgic about old fashion holiday music. Play it while you are baking cookies, cooking a meal or simply as background music while telling your favorite holiday story.
5. Organic Ornaments
Rather than toting along ornaments and lights for a Christmas tree, pack a needle and thread and plan on popping some corn for an old-fashioned popcorn garland. Kids can craft their own ornaments for a fun indoor activity. Folded white paper snowflakes are easy to make and look great even if you don’t have snow at the cabin.
6. Relish Nature’s Own Offerings
Whether you’re decorating a tree, a mantle or the dining table, relish nature’s own offerings, such as dried seed heads, pinecones, berries, and feathers. For a fun outdoor activity kids and adults will love, make finding these treasures a scavenger hunt.
7. Use coolers
They’ll hold frozen meals on the way up and serve as additional outside food storage while you’re there. When you’re ready to leave, they make an easy-to-clean transport for cabin leftovers that can’t be eaten.
8. Ambience is essential
to any holiday party. Unlike candles in glass votives, travel candles, which come in tins with lids, are lighter and less likely to break. Use them – many come in holiday scents like pine, holly berry or cinnamon – or simply purchase a package of tapers. With a minimal whittle to the bottom, they fit easily into the neck of empty wine bottles.
9. Outdoor Exploring
is one of the best parts about being at the cabin, so make the most of it when celebrating. Sledding, ice skating and snowshoe hikes are awesome ways to spend a holiday. But if gear isn’t available, don’t forget snowball fights, snow angels and nature walks, too.
10. Reflect on the Magic of the Moment
Take time during your holiday celebration to reflect on the magic of the moment – the nature outside your door, the love among those gathered inside, and the cabin that made it possible to bring it all together.
So, this year ditch the chaos and madness of the suburban or city life and enjoy the holidays at the cabin.