Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Make a Christmas Ornament

Since many traditional Christmas activities are canceled due to COVID-19, why not do something from home to celebrate the season? Try making your own decorations this year. Go to https://www.housebeautiful.com/entertaining/holidays-celebrations/g2818/homemade-christmas-ornaments/ for a bunch of ideas. My personal favorite is a little yarn hat ornament on slide 4. Slide 12 shows you how to make simple but elegant paper ornaments.

  • Watch Kindergarten Cop

On Monday (December 21), Kindergarten Cop turns 30 years old. Join in the fun as Arnold Schwarzenegger, a gritty cop, is assigned to find and protect a dangerous criminal’s ex-wife, but the only way to do that is to go undercover as a teacher in a kindergarten classroom. You can watch Kindergarten Cop on Hulu and Amazon Prime or rent/buy on YouTube. To learn some trivia about the film, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099938/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2.

  • Go caroling

Even though the Christmas season looks different this year, you can still celebrate the season with your family by caroling. Use Go Caroling Day, which is this Sunday (December 20) as an excuse to get outside and share some Christmas joy!

  • Look on the bright side

Monday (December 21) is Look on the Bright Side Day. 2020 has been an unusual and difficult year for everyone, and it can be easy to look at it negatively. Use this day to reflect on all of the good things that have come from this year. For example during quarantine, you probably learned a new skill or got in touch with a friend who hadn’t talked to in a while.

  • Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Millennium Park’s outdoor ice-skating rinks are opening up once again for the Holiday season. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a traditional oval shape perfect for beginners. The Ribbon, located at Maggie Daily Park, is a long circular path with level, uphill, and downhill skating for a slightly more experienced skater although beginners are welcome to try. Skates may be rented for $16-20 a pair, but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge. Due to COVID-19, there will be limited capacity. Go to maggiedaleypark.com/things-to-do-see/skating-ribbon/ to make your reservations now or to learn more about skating downtown.