Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to dive into all the best bits about the season, from spending time with loved ones to hanging twinkling lights and indulging in delicious food and drink.
Whether you’re already counting down to Christmas Day or you need a little help getting into the festive spirit this year, here are five Christmas activities that will soon have you feeling merry and bright.
Visit the Markets
Christmas markets have become a staple part of many people’s Christmas traditions worldwide. Whether you visit your local Christmas market or travel further afield to the likes of Manchester’s bustling Christmas markets or the St Nicholas Fair in York, Christmas markets are a great way to get into the festive spirit and also the ideal place to pick up any last-minute gifts or unique Christmas decorations.
Decorate Your Home
Adding some Christmas cheer to your home can help brighten up the space and can even bring back some nostalgia. Whether it’s placing that special bauble on the tree, draping tinsel around the bannister or hanging mistletoe in the doorway, decorating your home for the festive season can evoke memories of Christmases past and help you get in the mood.
Don’t forget the outside of your home too. There’s nothing quite like coming home on a dark, winter evening to a cheery wreath on your front door or fairy lights in your windows. Outdoor Christmas lights can brighten your garden and bring a dash of Christmas cheer to your neighbourhood.
Baking can help bring you closer together as a family and alsomeans you’ll have plenty of delicious treats to enjoy over the festive period. If you’re planning a spot of Christmas baking, there’s no shortage of recipes to try, from moreish mince pies to crumbly, sweet stollen or Christmas cookies. You can even bake your own gingerbread decorations for the tree!
Christmas is a magical time for most of us, but sadly, it can be a difficult one for many others. There are lots of reasons why the festive season can be so tough, including the strain on people’s finances, the additional pressure it can create on top of everyday stresses and the toll that it can take on people’s mental health.
There are also those who may be battling with addiction, living with serious illness, or who find themselves homeless or in crisis over the holidays. Volunteering some of your free time to help those in need is a good reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and can help make the festive season more bearable for those less fortunate. If volunteering your time isn’t possible, there are also many charity drives this time of year, such as warm clothing or toy collections, that you could donate to.
Attend a Christmas Light Switch On
Going to see your local Christmas lights switch on is a great way to get you excited for the season ahead and is often paired with festive activities for families, including appearances from Santa or his reindeer, ice-skating or live entertainment. Attending events like these can also help to support local businesses and create a sense of community spirit and wellbeing during the Christmas season.