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Act Like A Kid Again: 3 Holiday Activities To Channel Your Inner Child

As you grow up, it can sometimes take a little longer to get your creative juices flowing. You no longer play as much as you used to, and life seems dreadfully serious. After all, when you're an adult, you have many responsibilities. You have to worry about your job, paying your bills and making sure your car is insured. But all that changes when you take a sip of coffee. Upon indulging in your morning ritual, you suddenly find yourself ready to take on the day, no matter what it throws at you!

This holiday season, reawaken your inner child. Brew up a pot of delicious home-made coffee, invite your friends over and try out some of these fun activities.

1. Coffee Filter Snowflakes
When making coffee with your Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, set aside a few paper filters. Bring them over to the table and grab a few pairs of scissors as well. Everyone should fold their filter in half, then in half once again. The more times you fold the filter, the more intricate your design will be. Cut along the sides to make various geometric shapes. Just be careful you don't cut it too much, or it will fall apart. When you're done cutting, open the filter again to reveal a patterned snowflake. Sting them all together and use them for decoration!

Add chocolate covered espresso beans to your gingerbread house.Add chocolate covered espresso beans to your gingerbread house.

2. Coffee Gingerbread House
If you make your own gingerbread dough, add a tablespoon or two of fresh coffee grounds into the dry ingredients. You can also add coffee extract to your gingerbread glaze. And if you want things to go the other way around, check out our recipe for a sweet gingerbread latte. For those of you using a store-bought gingerbread house kit, never fear, there's still a way you can add some coffee flavor to your cookie architecture. Grab a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans and use them to dot the roof of your house. They look great next to the gumdrops and peppermint swirls.

3. Snowball Fight
Not all of the holiday activities need to take place indoors. Get energized with a cup of coffee, then go outside for an epic snowball fight with your friends. Make a fort and try to defend it from invaders. Get the whole neighborhood involved if you can - that's what the holiday spirit is all about. And when you're done, trek back inside, remove your winter gear, and get toasty warm by the fire with another cup of coffee or some steaming hot chocolate.