Top Tips: Celebrating at home this Christmas
10 affordable ways to get the festive feeling this December
Christmas may be the most magical time of the year but it can also be incredibly expensive – and now more than ever, we’ll all be looking for ways to celebrate the festivities without breaking the bank.
From hosting a film night to making your own decorations and cooking up a festive treat, we’ve taken a look at some of best and most affordable ways that you can bring a little extra joy in from the cold during the holidays!
Deck the Halls
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time at home this holiday season, 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 old 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 popcorn, get under the blankets and prepare 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 stroll with a friend. Wrap up warm, fill a travel cup with your favourite hot beverage 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.
While most of us enjoy gift exchanges with our loved ones, doing so doesn’t have to be costly! 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 something a little different, why not check out multiplayer mini-game platforms such Jackbox Games where participants can join from their mobile phones, whether they’re in the same room or a completely different country!
Visiting Santa’s grotto is such a magical part of the holiday season for many children and there’s lots of different venues offering a chance to meet the big man himself across the country, from local gardens centres to National Trust sites. However, if you aren’t able to head to one of these meet and greets in person, there are plenty of other services which can put you in direct 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
The last few years have been incredibly difficult with COVID-19 lockdowns and the current cost of living crisis. As 2022 comes to an end, it’s never been more important to look after your own wellbeing. No matter how busy you are, it’s a good idea to set aside some time to relax. Light your favourite scented 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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