Despite December now being well underway and Christmas preparations starting to fall into place, perhaps you’re still struggling to find your inner festive joy. The stresses and strains of everyday life might be leaving you feeling more like scrooge than Santa’s little helper, but fear not, with time still to spare and a little imagination, you’ll be spreading the Christmas cheer for all to hear. ‘Tis the season, after all! So, indulge in a few of the following activities throughout December and you’ll undoubtedly believe us when we say it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Seasoned skater or side-clinger, there is simply something magical about ice skating at this time of year. As you polish off your mulled wine, pull on a pair of skates and take to the ice, the sights and sounds of Christmas are guaranteed to bring joy and laughter too infectious to deny.
Read A Christmas Story
Whether it’s with children before bedtime or curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, making the time to sit down and unwind is the perfect antidote to the busy calendar of events and preparation surrounding Christmas time. Children always love ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Snowman, but if you fancy trying something a little different, Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas is a wonderful collection of short stories that you can dip into each night leading up to the big day. Similarly, whilst classics such as A Christmas Carol can be read time and time again, this year we’ll be cosying up with Nigel Slater’s The Christmas Chronicles all winter long.
Treating yourself or your loved ones to a new pair of pyjamas is the perfect excuse to make time for getting cosy by the fire during cold winter nights. They don’t have to be dotted with reindeer or come in a shade of fetching, festive red, but we have to say that this is actively encouraged! You can thank us later.
Watch A Christmas Film
From Elf to Love Actually, Home Alone to The Grinch, there is certainly no shortage of brilliant Christmas films to choose from to make you laugh, make you cry and feel all fuzzy inside. We have too many favourites to list them all here, but we can guarantee that whatever you choose, setting aside a couple of hours each week to indulge in a movie and a mug of hot cocoa will leave you feeling more festive than ever.
Go To See The Ballet Or A Panto
Christmas is certainly the season of entertainment, promising the gift of beautiful ballets and pantomimes aplenty. Whilst your children’s school production will never fail to entertain, a dazzling professional performance can really capture the imagination and lift Christmas spirits to the next level. Evocative music, carefully crafted costumes and sparkling set design – is it possibly our favourite Christmas tradition? Oh yes it is!
Go To A Carol Service / Watch Carol Singing
As far as Christmas traditions go, singing carols by candlelight has to be one of the best. The feel-good factor of joining with others to sing those heart-warming songs we associate with joy, love and peace at Christmas is truly special. If singing isn’t your strong point or you prefer to listen and reflect, find out when your local school, church or choir are performing and be sure not to miss it.
Go For A Walk To Spot Christmas Lights
Sometimes it’s the littlest things that can make the biggest difference to how we’re feeling. If, after trying all of the above suggestions you’re still failing at feeling festive, try taking a walk around your town or village spotting Christmas lights as you go. The very act of wrapping up warm with hat, scarf and gloves will get you in the right frame of mind to embrace the season, and once you’re out, there’s no denying the draw of Christmas when you see those twinkling lights adorning homes in every direction, adding a touch of magic to the wintry darkness. Better still, pick your favourites and pop a note through their door, you might just make someone’s Christmas by spreading your cheer…
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Words by Sophie Brentnall