After a muted 2020 holiday season, many families are looking forward to more joy-filled and in-person celebrations in 2021. For those already making plans, here are a few ideas for holiday activities—including ways AAA can help make your plans even better.

Christmas parties are perfect times to toast your friends and family. If you want to celebrate without alcohol, or are providing nonalcoholic alternatives, “The Great Pretenders Party Guide” has numerous flavorful options.

Download a printable PDF with two drink recipes to try.

Few things go together better during the holidays than families and food. These recipes from the chefs at two AAA Diamond restaurants showcase diverse holiday traditions. Start with these, or find your own for a holiday culinary adventure right in your own kitchen.

Download printable PDFs with recipes for latkes, a traditional favorite during Hanukkah, and ladoos, a sweet treat shared during Diwali, a major Hindu holiday.

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After the hugs and catching up, your family may be looking for more activities—especially if you’re hosting for an extended time. If you want to stick close to home, board games, movie nights, shopping excursions and brisk walks outside provide some diversion.

If your family is looking for more excitement, try treating your time together as a staycation. Your city may seem familiar to you, but there is likely much to discover. Pretend you’re a tourist and visit the popular attractions in the area that you’ve never had time for. Or just revisit your favorites, this time sharing the experience with loved ones. If you need a few ideas, check out AAA’s travel resources for your community or a nearby metro area. Or, if you want to sit back and be entertained, get AAA Discounts  on tickets to major attractions, movies, concerts and sporting events.

Want to learn something, as well as be entertained? Pretend you’re a student. Enroll your family in a class that focuses on a common interest. Check out local restaurants, recreation centers, art centers and community colleges for single-day classes. Rock climbing? Cooking? It’s up to you.

Find more activities and recipes in our printable Holiday Survival Guide.

At the end of an active day, rest will be on everyone’s mind. If it’s been awhile since you’ve hosted overnight guests, here are a few pointers to help you prepare.

Need to make the most of your space?

  • Consider purchasing an air mattress. It’s easy to deflate or lean against a wall when you need the floor space.
  • If you have a little more money to spend and are looking for a more permanent solution, consider buying a Murphy bed or sleeper sofa.

Want to make your guests extra comfortable?

  • Consider outfitting the guest bathroom with new towels.
  • Wash bed linens so they’re fresh. Ask about allergies: An old, dusty pillowcase, down pillow, or scented detergents and soaps could bring on an allergic reaction and spoil a relaxing holiday.
  • Make sure you have plenty of bathroom supplies on hand and that tissue, soap, spare toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. are easy for guests to find.
  • If your guests like to be independent, show them where the breakfast foods, coffee and snacks are so they can serve themselves.

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If this is the year you bring one of those holiday car commercials to life with the gift of a new ride, you’ll want to make sure you do it right. Use this holiday bow-making how-to video from AAA Auto Buying partner TrueCar. (And start shopping now to find a great price on a vehicle they’ll love.)


This story was featured in the
November/ December 2021 issue of AAALiving Magazine

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