Top Tips: Celebrating at home this Christmas
10 ways to get that festive feeling this December
Christmas is going to look very different this year with many people celebrating the festive period individually or in smaller groups, rather than the usual big gatherings or visiting extended family.
From hosting a film night with those you live with, to making your own decorations and cooking up a festive treat, we’ve taken a look at some of best ways that you can bring a little extra joy in from the cold during the holidays!
Deck the Halls
It’s very likely that you’re going to be spending more time at home this holiday season, so why not turn your abode into a beautiful winter wonderland! Decorate the tree, hang stockings, spray fake snow on the windows and if you’re feeling especially crafty, why not try your hand at making your own wreath for the front door!
Whether you prefer the classics or a modern tale, there’s nothing cosier than putting on your festive pyjamas and snuggling up on the sofa to watch a Christmas film. Grab the blankets, order a takeaway and get ready for a magical movie marathon.
Long winter walks are one of the best ways to enjoy the holidays – whether you prefer to go solo or enjoy a socially distanced stroll with a friend. Wrap up warm, fill your reusable cup with a hot drink and head to your local park to walk the dog, feed the ducks, or simply get back to nature for a little while.
Tied With A Ribbon
For many, wrapping presents can seem like a chore but it doesn’t have to be! Why not turn this sometimes-monotonous task into a dedicated afternoon of festive fun by serving up some delicious mince pies and hot chocolate, and sticking on your favourite Christmas playlist.
If there was ever a time of year to make your own sweet treats, it’s Christmas. Put on your most colourful apron, buy some fun cookie cutters and get cracking! It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced baker or a complete novice in the kitchen, making your own delicacies will fill you with festive joy and make your home smell delicious.
Just because you won’t be spending Christmas with all of your loved ones this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t show them how much they mean to you! Whether you have the kids paint pictures for their grandparents, or your skillset allows you to knit a beautiful scarf for a friend – crafty gifts are great and especially handy if you’re working with a tighter budget.
Whether you live with family, friends or flatmates, everyone loves a good games night! Don those festive jumpers, serve up some mulled wine and crack out the Monopoly board for an evening of competitive fun. For those who fancy going virtual this Christmas, it doesn’t have to be all Zoom calls and internet quizzes – instead, why not get your loved ones together on a multiplayer mini-game platform such Jackbox Games.
Visiting Santa’s grotto is such a magical part of the holiday period for many children, but most will be unable to meet the main man himself this year. However, there are plenty of services which can put you directly in contact with Father Christmas this December – whether you want him to write a letter, leave a voicemail or even video call your little ones!
Seasonal Scavenger Hunt
Night before Christmas boxes are usually all the rage on December 24th, but if you fancy doing something a little different this year then why not try your hand at a scavenger hunt for the kids! Scatter their favourite festive toys with handwritten clues around the home to help them on their way as they scout out small gifts and tasty treats.
Rest and Relaxation
This year has been difficult and as 2020 comes to an end, it’s never been more important to look after your wellbeing. No matter how busy you are, it’s a good idea to set aside some time to relax. Light your favourite scent of Christmas candle and take some time to yourself – whether you want to meditate, take a long bubble bath or just cosy up and read a good book.
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