Make This Christmas Extra Special
For many people around the world, Christmas and the holiday season is the most magical time of year, with so many things to look forward to. From quality family time to friend-filled get togethers, cosy nights watching heartwarming movies to hopeful snow days and Christmas markets, it truly can be a wonderful time for all.
And although we always say your presence is better than any present, we’ve compiled some ways you can make it that little bit extra special this year, and every year going forward.
Start the Fun from the First
As soon as December 1st hits and you excitedly go to open your advent calendar add some extra festivities for your kids and all the family. You could get a little box together with Christmas craft sets, write a letter to Santa and put on a new Christmas jumper or later some Christmas themed pjs. It will make it so much more special and magical for everyone. Plus the craft sets will give the kids something to do and look forward to.
How To Make This Christmas Extra Special
How To Make This Christmas Extra Special #1
Enhance a DIY Door Wreath
At Christmas, many of us put a wreath on our door, but store-bought versions can be very pricey. Instead, create your own using a wire wreath ring, which you can purchase online or at most craft stores.
Photo by Joyce Adams
Designing and crafting your own wreath will make you smile every time you go up the garden path toward your front door and will make Christmas that much more special and unique, whether you visit the florist or go scavenging for bits and pieces in your nearby country park.
Or how about making it a family affair, and get your parents, partner, children or friends involved, and have a Christmas wreath making get together around some nibbles and festive music. Who says it’s too early for eggnog!
Did you know that wreaths were first used in Pagan rituals to symbolise the changing seasons and fertility. Later, Christmas wreaths became Christian symbols because ‘together, the circular shape and the evergreen material make the wreath a representation of eternal life’ time.com. Nowadays, just like Advent calendars, they are popular among religious and non-religious alike.
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Make a Meal Out of It
On Christmas Day, add a little bit of Christmas wherever you can, even if your meal is the simplest. Younger kids absolutely adore helping with the table decorations, both making and arranging them.
Photo by Libby Penner
They could spread out an excessive amount of Christmas crackers, build Christmas trees out of napkins, and put out some tea lights so you could all eat by candlelight. Visit our Christmas Table Pinterest board for table decorating ideas. Plan, choose, and carry out!
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Construct a Gingerbread House
Together, the family could consider constructing a gingerbread house to commemorate the holiday season.
Make a sketch, a template, bake the gingerbread, and then collect all the delicious delicacies for the finishing touches. If you don’t have the fortitude to construct an entire gingerbread house from scratch, you can either purchase a pre-made kit or improvise by substituting the gingerbread with your favourite cake.
Photo by T Steele
When using more unusual building materials and methods, your house might not be as large and elaborate as the professional premade ones you see, but then again, neither will the mess, you hope.
Further Reading: Bevvy of the Week – 5 Christmas Drinks with Easy Recipes
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Make the Tree Festive as a Family
The act of decorating the tree has become somewhat of a chore for many houses. To finish it off, you set up the tree, sort up the lights, and hurriedly slap some decorations on. But for many of us, spending time with family while decorating the tree is a lovely experience. discussing various topics while you adorn the tree.
Photo by Maury Page
Many of your ornaments may have histories, you might discover. Have a good conversation and a good laugh about them, no matter the narrative! Some might be passed down down the centuries as family heirlooms, while others might just be your poor salt dough attempt from the previous year.
If you have a young family, why not create a new tradition of purchasing unique Christmas decorations or making a new decoration each year to hang on your tree. Or if you have budding artisans, consider a second smaller tree for your children to decorate themselves with all their own creations!
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Write Santa a Letter
Okay, so maybe you haven’t written to Santa since you were nine years old, but even though it may seem silly, this year, sending a letter to the jolly man who resides in Lapland might be more helpful to you than you realise.
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But instead of adding material things to your wish list, make a list of your personal objectives, such as meeting new people or overcoming your fear of spiders!
Of course if you have smallies, writing a letter to Santa will be top of their list since last Christmas!
Feature Photo by Georgia de Lotz