Best wishes for a blessed Merry Christmas from your friend, Mary, at Cool Yule!
Today will be an unseasonably warm and humid day in Northern Virginia, with a high expected of 67 degrees. It will be a great day for outdoor activities, including outdoor ice skating, walking, biking and visiting parks and playgrounds.
There is a surge of Covid infections. If gathering with friends and family outside of your household, please consider taking precautions, such as meeting outdoors and wearing masks, regardless of your vaccination status.
Christmas is a lovely time to spend at home but if you want to go out for a meal, some ice skating or to see some spectacular light displays, here are some ideas…
Last minute gifts and grocery items
- Most grocery stores and drug stores will be open until about 5 p.m.
- Grab some healthy snacks, like veggie and fruit trays, guacamole, veggie sushi, salsa and hummus, etc.
- Pick up something fun to read, like Reader’s Digest, your favorite magazine or a seasonal paperback.
Staying safer at home
- Call friends and family and wish them a Merry Christmas.
- Take a long walk during the day.
- Christmas services are available to view on Youtube – Washington National Cathedral (Episcopal) and The National Basilica (Catholic).
- TubiTV has many Christmas movies free to watch online. Check out my movie recommendations.
- Complete self-care acitivities, like guided meditation, brief workouts and yoga, reading – catch up on the self-care challenge!
- Make one meal special today – breakfast/brunch, lunch or dinner.
- Play card games and board games.
- Get a head-start on your New Year’s resolutions or craft a vision board.
- Listen to Christmas music while keeping your hands busy on a project, like coloring, crafting or a puzzle. You can listen to my playlist of 30 Christmas favorites on the home page of the Cool Yule Blog.
Coffee Runs and Dining
- Remember, you can always order food to go or to be delivered, if you are remaining safer at home.
- Some restaurants that are open on Christmas Day include Denny’s, iHOP and some Starbucks, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts.
- McCormick and Schmidts, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Morton’s, Fogo da Chao, Macaroni Grill and other similar upscale chain restaurants will be open on Christmas Day. Many of these restaurants ask that you remained masked on the premises whenever you are not actually eating or drinking. Consider getting take-out orders for additional safety.
- Cameron Run Ice and Lights in Alexandria will be open for skating and looking at lights.
- The outdoor ice skating rink at Reston Town Center will be open from 1:30 pm to 11 pm. Even if you don’t skate, it’s fun looking at the skaters.
More Seasonal fun
- You can visit the National Christmas Tree in back of the White House and the Capitol Tree from 10 am – 5 pm. It will be crowded, though so please consider wearing a mask and social distancing.
- Save yourself the trip: The US Botanic Gardens will be closed (as will all DC museums) and the outdoor display with model trains will also be closed. But you could chek out the Capitol Tree!
- In Williamsburg, Christmas Town at Busch Gardens is open and I highly recommend it.
- Save yourself the trip: Kings Dominion Winterfest in Doswell is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But it is open on New Year’s Eve!
- In the evening, the walk-through Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights (Vienna) is open as is the drive-through Bull Run Lights and Winter Village in Manassas.
- The new attraction, Tinsel! at Holiday Inn Dulles in Sterling is open for 2-hour visits.