Every year Bing Crosby croons about dreaming of a white Christmas, and so are you. But it’s unlikely that you’ll get any snow in the warm, dry desert climate. Don’t despair just yet. You can still give your family the white Christmas you’re craving if you get a little creative.
Take a Christmas Vacation
Who said you have to stay home for Christmas? Instead of lavishing your kids with presents this year, plan a family vacation to a snowy retreat. Head to destinations like Connecticut, Maine or New York to experience a winter wonderland. Introduce your kids to the thrill of having a snowball fight, building a snowman, sledding and skiing or snowboarding. Then do another Christmas pastime by roasting chestnuts on an open fire and drinking hot chocolate.
Make Your Own Snow
If you can’t swing a vacation this year, bring the snow to your home with a few staple ingredients. Start by grabbing the baking soda from the back of the pantry and mixing it with a little bit of water until it forms a snowy consistency. This is great to do in larger quantities for your kids to play with in the yard. If you want your Christmas dinner to look festive, use sea salt to blanket your table cloth and plates (bonus points because it’s edible). You also can mix up paper towels in a food processor to make tiny snow flakes to cover your Christmas decorations.
There doesn’t have to be snow outside to have snow inside. Decorate your house with every white, fluffy, snowy and icy item you can find. Start with a beautiful white Christmas tree covered in tinsel to really make it twinkle. Use soft white lights on the inside and outside of your house to give it a wintery glow. Set up a Christmas village with snow-covered houses and kids having snowball fights. Cover your mantle in fluffy white cotton balls and hang icicles around the house to make it look authentic. All of your Christmas decorations should be in a shade of white or silver so it feels like you’re surrounded by snow.
Enjoy Your Home
Just because you don’t have snow outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a picturesque Christmas. You should enjoy everything your home has to offer you during the holiday season. Instead of going sledding, take a family bike ride around the neighborhood or play a game of soccer or touch football in the park to enjoy the beautiful weather. Decorate your home with native plants and decorations, such as luminarias, poinsettias and even cactus. Make the outside of your home look desert fabulous by wrapping Christmas lights around the saguaro in your front yard or around the palm trees by your pool. You live in an arid climate for a reason, so don’t take it for granted this Christmas.
The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your creativity and love for your family. Have a family discussion about what you want to do for Christmas and come up with a game plan to make it festive and fun. While snow is beautiful and a Christmas tradition for many parts of the world, being with your family and appreciating what you have is really what the holiday season is all about.