11 Ways to do Christmas Without Actually Doing Christmas

Not into traditional Christmas activities? Looking for something different? Is Christmas not part of your religion? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday…

Here’s what we think you should do:

1. Stay Warm and Bake a Cake at Home

hazelnut pie recipe

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There’s something about baking that’s both soothing and exciting. May we suggest Four and Twenty Blackbirds’ salted caramel apple pie? Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, how about a hazelnut pie?

2. Cozy Up to the Next Great American Novel

Reviews for the much-awaited Garth Risk Hallberg novel, City on Fire, have been just as stellar as the profiles and pre-release pieces about him. Given the fact that the novel is more than 900 pages long, we suggest spending your day off delving into this masterpiece.

3. Catch Up on Your Netflix Queue…

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The network’s original programming deserves all the praise it gets. Narcos, anyone?

…Or Spend the Day Watching Your Favorite Holiday Movies

Must-sees: Love ActuallyHome AloneMiracle on 34th Street and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.

4. Forget That It’s Cold Out and Get Yourself Some Ice Cream

image: sweet treats on the wharf

image: sweet treats on the wharf

Stock up on Port Washington’s Douglas & James Homemade Ice Cream’s delicious treats before the holiday hits and devour them in front of the TV while off from work.

5. Enjoy the View

Since you’re already in Port Washington…how about bringing along a hot coffee and enjoying the beautiful harbor view?

6. Go to the Movies


Spotlight may be the year’s most important movie

There is probably no better way to spend today, so grab your family and head to the theater. You should watch The Good Dinosaur. Sans kids? You must see Spotlight.

7. See a Broadway Show

Everybody has been talking about Hamilton. You need to see it. Why not today?

8. Be a Tourist in Your Own City

image: top of the rock

image: top of the rock

Expect the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock to be open. Looking for something a tad less touristy? How about a tour of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Madame Tussauds?

9. Indulge in the Modern Day Version of Arts and Crafts

The year is almost over and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll need some visual cues to remember all the breathtaking moments you’ve experienced. Spend the day making a 2015 photo book on Shutterfly.

10. Learn How to Make Your Favorite Cocktails at Home

spice & spoon

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How about a special kind of Negroni? More of a whiskey person? Try out Gort’s Reprieve Irish Coffee. Here’s how to make that.

11. Grab a Bottle of Red, Sit on Your Couch and…

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