Christmas is a wonderful time of year, many people also find it stressful and I can see why. You want to make sure everything is perfect, you have everything for the big day and don’t get me started on trying to find that allusive sellotape in the kitchen drawer. There are also plenty of things we all want to do and spend time with the family. So here are some of our favourite things to do on the lead up to Christmas, to help you relax and get into the festive spirit.
Practice Your Christmas Day Dinner
We recently had a pre-Christmas dinner (with chicken) for everyone. Because I have 2 sisters and we each have other families to see on the day we decided to take the stress out of running around on Christmas Day and have a little dinner for us before the big day. It meant that we could all get together at mums house on a Sunday and relax, no one had to worry about being at another house at this time and see Grandma at that time.
It may seem obvious but it’s a nice way to just give you memories and reminders of those festive feelings. Only listen to the songs you actually like though, don’t give your self Christmas rage. Some of my favourites are the classics with Bing Crosby, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey.
Cooking And Baking
If you are into cooking and baking, why not try out some Christmas inspired recipes or a Christmas cake. This is something you can start as early as November to slowly ease you in. If you don’t need to be eased in then a great way to justify celebrating early!
Christmas bedding, yes I said it! Every year places like Tesco, George at Asda and Sainsbury’s do wonderful and affordable Christmas bedding. If your looking to save a little money try finding some on eBay or Amazon.
Decorate Your Whole House
Decorate the house! I would easily cover every inch of every house in Christmas decorations if I could! Don’t just do one room, try and spread your decorations out across the house so no matter what room you are in you can feel festive all the time. These can be competent your taste and as crazy as you like or as subtle as you want.
Put Up Your Christmas Tree
Put up your Christmas tree!!! This has to have its own as it is a monumental thing, it is the main key part to Christmas. Every year I try to go round to my parents to help decorate their tree. We would have Christmas music on in the background and maybe eat a couple of mince pies to get really into the spirit.
Tip: if you aren’t using a real tree Yankee candle do a great Christmas tree scented candle, use this on an evening to create the effect of a real tree just with the smell.
Wrap presents, if you are anything like us you might already have done all your shopping before December hits. We are lucky and get our shopping done throughout the year for most items anyway. We stack them away until December rolls around. This is always nice to do on an evening, by the fire with a hot chocolate. Also when you buy wrapping paper by sellotape just in case.
Decorate A Gingerbread House
Gingerbread house decorating, this is particularly fun if you have children. Our first year we did this my nephew was 2-3. It was a complete fail and mess but we had the best time. You can buy pre-made kits to assemble from places such as Aldi, Ikea and Asda. Get lots of cheap sweets to go on top and just have fun.
Go Elf On The Shelf Crazy
Elf on the shelf. Everyone’s favourite Christmas tradition in the last couple of years. This is a great thing to keep both children interested and adults amused. You can spend hours making up new mischievous moves and scenarios to keep the children entertained. Check out some of the ideas
Watch Christmas Films
Christmas films!! There is no better feeling than snuggling down on the sofa, with your favourite blanket and watching film after film. This is a lovely thing to do as a family or just the two of you. You can get hot chocolate, eggnog or just some mulled wine and get into the festive spirit. Have a little feast or a tapas of treats to snack on while you have your movie marathon.
These are just a few of our ways to feel festive and do on the lead up to Christmas. If you have any traditions that you do every year or special things that you do as a family let us know in the comments below.