Bonfire Night and a Magical Christmas

November 5, 2011 marks the 406th anniversary of that fateful day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his 12 merry (insane) men planned to blow Parliament to smithereens! Fortunately for us, they were stopped in their tracks when Fawkes was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords.

Ever since then bonfires light up the night skies across the UK every year on the 5th November to mark the failed attempt which could have been a terrible tragedy!

So what are you doing for Guy Fawkes this year?

If you did not really plan to do anything, I suggest, not missing out on an opportunity to socialise with your friends and have a fun evening out.

I am certain that your local park will have a fireworks display. Fill up a thermos with hot chocolate (or your favourite “warming up” drink), maybe a bottle of red wine, grab some hot roasted nuts, popcorn, fudge – a couple of treats. Don’t forget a picnic blanket. Text your friends the time and place and sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

The likelihood is no one would want to head on home after that, so why not invite everyone back to your place. Either pull out some board games or turn on the Wii and have a lovely evening with your favourite bunch of friends.

I have been racking my brain about what else I can write about that has to do with
events AND as we only have 53 days left until Christmas, I think that would be a great topic!

But …

My main focus is going to be on how to actually add that magical aspect into this very special festival so that your children will not be able to believe their eyes …

  1. Make Christmas magical for the kids by building up to the big day with a special activity every day for a month. Some ideas to consider – Make an advent calendar; make your very own decorations for the tree with family photos; make Christmas cards, bake cookies for Santa; write a wish list; go ice skating; drive around one evening looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights.
  2. Sprinkle some glitter or snow on the floor in your lounge, near the tree and fireplace. Step into it to make it look like large Santa Claus footprints. You can do the same outside your door (if it’s not too windy) so that it looks like Santa was running down the path.
  3. If you have a chimney, rub your hands in the soot and hold the glass of milk you leave out for Santa Claus and leave bits of soot all around the table to make it look like Santa was really there.
  4. Takes a bit of preparation but you will love the look on their faces – Using your video camera you can film Santa Claus (your hubby) caught in action. Set the scene… Film your hubby dressed in normal clothes, he hears a noise downstairs (jingle, ho ho ho kind of noise), then say he is going to see what it is. You record your hubby running down the stairs. (Hubby transforms backstage) Turn on the video camera again, this time you catch Santa in the lounge filling up the stocking, eating the biscuit, drinking the milk, putting out the presents and then Santa hears a noise and disappears. Will take a little bit of editing but you can use glitter, snow, lights on/off and all you hear is “Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho” on the video … The kids will be so amazed to see you caught Santa on tape in their house!! And as you are both on the video it can’t possibly be either of you!!
  5. Ask a friend or family member to dress up like Santa and at some point during Christmas eve, let him run past a window while the kids are watching a movie.
  6. While everyone is sitting at the table for dinner, you can organise a special surprise for your child, a phone call from Santa. (Telephone Mate only charge £1 for this service). If everyone is sitting at the table, it must be true!
  7. Of course don’t forget the traditional bits that make Christmas magical on its own, all the decorations, Christmas tree, delicious food, lots of presents and extra special quality time with all your family and friends.

We would love to hear what you got up too, so please share your Bonfire Night experiences and Christmas ideas with us too …