Ah, the holiday season. Love, gift giving, food, gift giving, Christmas Dinner, gift giving! There is so many different way to celebrate it and spend time with family that you might not think of straight away. Many of us would think toasty warm nights with tonnes of hot chocolate and gifts, cosy socks and snow, lots and lots of snow.
Everything is so fast paced at Christmas – things like sliding, creating Christmas tree ornaments that can last years, trimming up the home for the family and Christmas carolling (providing you can sing ha!) can often be overlooked at Christmas. So to take you back to basics, these top ten ways to celebrate and get your holiday spirit back in motion are sure-fire ways to calm everything down in an instant.
1. Make gingerbread houses and people.
This is fun for any age, but making a gingerbread house is as fun as it is to eat. You can make it from a box or make it from scratch with homemade gingerbread.
2. Attending A Christmas Market
Attending a Christmas market is a wonderful experience, the food, the stalls, the people and if you are old enough the wine/beer. It is lovely on a cold night just sipping on some hot chocolate or mulled wine, with a chocolate marshmallow skewer and a ride on the merry-go-round to top off the experience.
3. Secret Santa
So, I have to admit, this is something I personally do not do. But a secret Santa can be a fun thing to do around school or the office. Or even with family, it can be fun for the little ones to give gifts to mum or dad and trying to guess who gave the gift to who. Try it this Christmas if you really want to spice up Christmas like cinnamon spices up hot chocolate.
4. Get a REAL Christmas tree
If you get a Christmas tree of a certain kind, then the tree stays alive even after Christmas. This is what me and my family did and the tree is still out in our backyard thriving. But buying a real Christmas tree can be fun for the whole family, it gives the little ones a real experience of the smells and feels of a Christmas tree and they can decorate it themselves in any way that they want to.
5. Get an advent calendar.
Whether it be a chocolate one, or an old stole picture one. An advent calendar can be fun for children and adults alike. And please adults, do not pretend that you do not get as excited as the children to get a chocolate from your advent calendar every single day of December! We see you!
6. Listen to a Christmas Playlist
Nowadays, everyone has some form of Christmas playlist that they love to listen to in the Christmas period. Whether it be classics, or newer Christmas songs, it is always a joy to remember the songs you’ve loved since you were little. Nostalgia at its finest.
7. Watch Christmas films.
I love Christmas films. We have a tradition in our house to go to the cinema every single year to watch a Christmas related film, a few years ago, Disney’s Frozen was the top grossing Christmas film, I remember watching it on Christmas Eve, and boy, and did it stick with me for a long time. So, if you don’t already, get your film buff on and watch some Christmas feel good films!
8. Watch a play or traditional nativity
It does not matter if you are religious or not, a nativity is a good story to tell. Whether it be watching your child perform one at school, or even watching a traditional retelling of A Christmas Carol – the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Everyone enjoys sitting in a warm room and listening to the stories that we have grown up to love and cherish!
9. Get your Christmas Cards sorted.
No one likes to forget Christmas cards. Whether it be personalised ones with the family, one you created or a shop bought card. Everyone likes to get Christmas cards, and it’s always nice for the little ones, and adults too, to give them out to friends and family!
10. Finally, Spend time together
This is a no brainier. Christmas time is all about giving, love and many other things as well, so why wouldn’t you spend it with the people that love you the most? Talk to the relatives you don’t see much, reminisce, love and just enjoy the holidays! It’s only once a year, have fun!