If you’re anything like me you’ve probably spent the last few months (or at least weeks) counting down the days till you can start enjoying all the festive activities on your Christmas bucket list.
There’s not any time to hang around! Let’s get together and think of ALL the Christmas activities you and your family can do right now.
The Bucket List:
#1 Buy an advent calendar
I’ve already got mine 🙈I was lucky enough to win this Gibsons jigsaw puzzle in December last year and put it away ready for this year. I’ve splashed the boat out a bit with my partner’s advent calendar because it’s the first thing he’s actually asked for! It’s a tool advent calendar – I mean how much more manly can you get?! – and you can get one here if you want to treat yourself or a loved one!
Normally I’d get a bit crafty and make my own advent calendars – mainly to cut the cost! I remember making my mum a chocolate eclair calendar once by cutting out a tree shape in green card and sticking 25 eclairs on to it. It took me a few hours but only cost about £2 and she loved it, her favourite treats and the effort that I’d made it.
I’ve also made my partner one the last couple of years by buying a few of his favourite treats and popping them in envelopes. So simple but really easy and quite effective. Plus it means he get treats that he likes and it really doesn’t have to cost a fortune!
#2 Go for a rummage through your decorations
Believe it or not you don’t need to buy new decorations every year – I know! Revelation…
Get the boxes down from the loft, shed or wherever they may be stashed and have a proper rummage through what you’ve already got. No doubt you’ll already have plenty of decorations and you may even uncover some hidden treasures that you’d forgotten about. If there is something that you ‘need’ then this is when you can give yourself permission to buy it 😉
#3 Visit a Christmas Tree farm
I have wanted to do this for the past few years so I am determined to do it this year and select our own tree whilst still in the ground! There’s a really promising looking farm not far from me that opens on the 20th November so I shall putting it in the calendar asap!
I know it’s more expensive (in the long term) than an artificial tree but I just love a real tree in the house, I think it really makes Christmas. You can also get them for about £15 from supermarkets or places such as JTF in the run up to Christmas if you don’t want to spend too much.
#4 Get together and decorate the tree
I can be a bit fussy with the baubles and decorations for the tree but I have very fond memories of decorating the tree as a family. Even threading the string through the baubles to hang on the branches! This year I’m hoping my fella will join in and I think I may go slightly OTT because I’m rather excited! Are you more of a star or an angel person for the tree topper?
#5 Make a centrepiece for the dining table
There are hundreds of different DIY Christmas centrepiece ideas on Pinterest. Get yourself over and start crafting, it will give you something fun to do and it saves having to buy something. Plus it gives that unique personal touch to your kitchen/dining room. I’m going to make one of these myself so I shall be sure to share it with you when I do!
#6 Go ice skating with friends or family
Most cities have an ice rink come to visit for Christmas nowadays and with it comes an amazing atmosphere. Grab your friends, your hat, scarf and gloves and pop the skates on. I have to admit, it’s not my favourite activity while I’m waiting to get on the ice. When you’re on, whizzing around and the Christmas songs are blaring you can’t help but feel Christmassy!
#7 Visit a Christmas market or two
I do love a good Christmas market and you don’t need to leave the country to visit one. Most big cities now put on their own Christmas markets which are really good. Having been to Lincoln, York, Nottingham and Manchester I would say they’re all really good and have their own gems.
Going abroad to somewhere like Prague or Germany would be pretty amazing and I can imagine it’s an amazing atmosphere but it stretches my budget just a bit too far…
#8 Make your own Christmas cards
I’ve already started this… I wanted to make all of my Christmas cards this year but am not quite sure how well it’s going to go. I love making each card have a personal touch and going that extra mile. Yes it does cost more than buying a pack of 50 from Poundland or similar (which there is NOTHING wrong with) but I enjoy making them to…
#9 Indulge in the Christmas flavour drinks in your local coffee shop
My favourite has to be a black forest hot chocolate but I will give all the different flavours a try! My bargain tip with these though… buy one of the bottles of syrup and make it at home. The Tate & Lyle ones are about half the price of the Monin syrups and taste just as good. B&M have also started selling these now so you can easily pick them up.
#10 Take part in Christmas jumper day
I LOVE Christmas jumper day, although I think I may have to have Christmas jumper week if I can get away with it…. I have way too many Christmas clothes and really hope that I can find the opportunity to wear them all this year. I’m sure I can. The best part of official Christmas jumper day on the 13th December 2019 is that it raises money for charity. Getting to wear Christmas jumpers and donating for charity is just win win in my book!
Get out those ugly sweaters and party on down!!!!
#11 Go sledging or just play in the snow
Now I know this may not be possible before Christmas here in the UK but if it does snow then do it! Get your wellies on, grab the kids or the friends and head outside. Make sure you pop the kettle on as soon as you get in as there’s nothing better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate after playing in the snow.
#12 Make or Decorate a gingerbread house
Big fan of gingerbread over here, not the best at making it. This is why decorating it is also an option! You can buy gingerbread kits for just a few pounds nowadays from B&M, Home Bargains, Lidl and other bargain stores. This way you don’t have the stress of baking and hoping the gingerbread holds the weight either!!
#13 Have a Christmas movie marathon
If you don’t do this then I will be disappointed! If you need a list of Christmas movies then let me know as I AM YOUR GIRL. I don’t need any excuse to watch a Christmas film and channel 5 is my favourite at the moment. Yes, they’ve been playing Christmas films since October!!
Elf, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, The Holiday – I’m not going to continue. I’ll save that for another post 😉
#14 Read a few books set around Christmas
As a big reader I’m not fussy about reading books in the season they’re set but I so enjoy Christmas ones. I find chick lit books are the best for this and again I could go on and list loads that you need to get on your bookshelf.
I think I’ve said it before but I find charity shops and The Works are the best places for books without spending a fortune. Although I could buy most of the books on the 3 for £5 deal that the works do… If anyone’s stuck on present ideas for me 😉
#15 Have a drive around to see all the lights in the local area
I use to love doing this as a child every week when we went shopping. We’d often have a little competition to see which side of the road had the most houses with lights. Some families really push the boat out at Christmas with their lights and I can’t wait to drive around my local area this year.
#16 Snuggle up by a log fire
If you can do this in the comfort of your own home then I am jealous! I’d love a real log fire but I think for me I may have to pay a visit to my local. Sitting in front of the fire, watching the flames and sipping a big mug of hot chocolate sounds like bliss to me.
#17 Do a spot of late night Christmas shopping
Traditionally it seems to be a Thursday night here but again it’s an atmosphere thing. If you go out late night shopping during December you will probably find packed streets and free parking. Most shops will also plan offers and deals to start on a Thursday so it can be a good day to hit the shops. On these evenings the lights will be on, towns will be bustling and spirits will be high!
#18 Have a family or friends games night
Not a fan of the cold weather? Stay in and get out the board games! I really enjoy a good games night with friends and it’s completely free!! If you don’t have many games get your guests to bring their own. The benefit of this is that you can find new games to! We love a good game of scrabble of Uno but if you’re feeling flush on time a bit of classic monopoly. Christmas themed charades is bound to get you all giggling! Mix in some alcohol for an adults charades and the fun is endless!!!!
#19 Start a Christmas tradition
As a family we always use to go to a church service on Christmas Eve where we made a Christingle. This then sat on our dining table throughout Christmas day. We also use to open our presents to each other around the table with breakfast. Little things like this stay with you and as you grow older you develop your own.
#20 Wrap wrap wrap
Whenever you get around to wrapping your presents make it an event! I like to pop a Christmas film on with a packet of orange and lemon slices. I also try and wrap each person’s present in a different wrapping paper. This year I’m trying to use up the rolls we’ve already got so this may not be quite as easy…
Can you think of anything that I’ve missed from my list? If so let me know in the comments below! I’d also love to know about your Christmas adventures!!!