Things To Do This Christmas Season
Where has this year gone?! The festive season is upon us once again, and it only feels like yesterday that I took down last years Christmas decorations! 2017 has flown by for me, and I can imagine that the gap between now and Christmas will too. I'm so unprepared for this year!
The Christmas holidays are usually a rollercoaster ride for most. I find that it's both the most stressful time of year and the most enjoyable time of year. What we must always remember is the true meaning of Christmas. Spent time with your family, enjoy the little things in life and don't be swept away with the strain of gift buying and perfection.
Festive traditions are my favourite thing about this season, so here I have listed my favourite Christmas traditions and bucketlist ideas for you guys to try out for a more enjoyable holiday. You're welcome!
1. Put Up Your Christmas Decorations
Get out the tinsel and the fairy lights and dedicate a day to decorating your house for Christmas. Invite your family over to help, not only will it lighten the work load but it will also give you an opportunity to bond.
2. Stay In & Have A Movie Marathon
Draw the curtains, throw on your favourite pyjamas, heat up some popcorn and spend all night watching your favourite Christmas films, either with your closest friends or in your own company. My personal faves include Elf, Love Actually and The Grinch.
3. Bake Gingerbread Men or Build A Gingerbread House
Gingerbread is the ultimate Christmas flavour. I'm not quite sure what makes it the ultimate Christmas flavour, I just know that it is. You know it's Christmas when you're favourite coffee shop starts advertising gingerbread lattes or when you see endless photos of gingerbread men all over Instagram. So try your hand at either creating your own gingerbread house or stay basic with some gingerbread men! You'll find millions of recipes on Pinterest I'm sure.
4. Try Your Hand At Christmas Crafts
Christmas is the perfect time for DIY. With instructions and materials for anything at the click of a button and so many amazing crafts to choose from, why not grab some scissors and glue and get crafty? From your very own Christmas Cards, wreaths, decorations or even a gift, you could save yourself a lot of money by doing something yourself. As I mentioned before, Pinterest is literally a breeding ground for DIY lovers, you will find everything you need and more.
5. Visit A Christmas Market
As a believer in supporting small local businesses, I love Christmas markets! There's something that really fills my heart about those tiny little huts full of beautiful gifts and foods. Christmas markets are so popular now that you more than likely won't have to travel to far to find your nearest one. Grab yourself some mulled wine (or hot chocolate), have a little wander around and soak in the festive atmosphere.
6. Burn Festive Candles
Another of my favourite things about Christmas is the festive scented candles that come out at this time of year. I love the smell of gingerbread, cinnamon and all things Christmas so you can imagine my face every Christmas when these candles come out. I like to stock up! My favourites are Yankee Candles Christmas Memories, Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie and Festive Cocktail.
7. Be Grateful
With the various Christmas traditions, events and the festive atmosphere, it's very easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is about surrounding yourself with the people you love and who make you happy and giving back. Whatever our situation may be, there is often always someone worse off than us. Be kind this Christmas and don't complain, just be happy!
8. Give To Those In Need
In keeping with my above message, don't forget those in need this Christmas. Donate to a charity close to your heart, volunteer to help the homeless or, my personal favourite, send a shoe box full of gifts to children less fortunate all over the world with Operation Christmas Child. Take a look at the Samaritan Purse website for more information on how you can make someone's Christmas this year.