On the 12 Days of Christmas, Suggestions Came to Me

Christmas is almost here … a couple more weeks and you will be running down the stairs to open up your Christmas presents.

Personally I think Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year, with all the red and green tinsel decorations, fairy lights lighting up our homes and just that magic of Christmas spirit on little children’s faces. It’s a time when everything seems possible.

There are so many websites offering suggestions for how to create that perfect Christmas theme, so I thought it would be more useful to have a list of ideas of things to do, to make each day extra special as you count down to Christmas Eve …

This is what I have come up with:

1)  Buy or make an Advent calendar to help with your count down. To make one, you need two pieces of A4 card, cut out little squares on the front piece of card leaving the bottom of the square attached and number them accordingly. Decorate the front piece of card with Santa pictures, glitter and colourful pens. Stick this to the back piece of card and fill the holes with small chocolates or sweets and cello tape shut. Now you are ready to start.

2)  Putting up the Christmas tree. Don’t do this yourself; make it a family fun morning. Prepare some hot chocolate, biscuits, music in the background and everyone takes part to add their little bit of magic by decorating the tree together. If you are in the mood for more, put up the stockings, create a magical Christmas window or decorate the outside of your house and put up your wreath.

3)  Time to personalise your Christmas cards. Try take a photo of your family sitting on a “slay” delivering the Christmas presents. Make it fun, it’s amazing what can be done today. Your family can be included on any background image.

4)  Have you prepared your gift list? Who are you buying what for? Do you have a budget in mind? Time to set aside some time to think, plan and decide.

5)  Make sure to watch a Christmas movie on the big screen or a Nativity Play. Helps to get in the mood.

6)  Attend a Christmas party or two. Many of the hotels in your area will be organising something for Christmas (Winter Wonderland Ball, Medieval Christmas, dinner and dancing or even an evening of comedy). If your company does not have a Christmas party, grab a few friends and join in the festivities.

7)  This time of year would not be complete without a visit to a Christmas market. Wrap up warm (don’t forget your gloves), grab a hot chocolate and some of those yummy almond roasted nuts and find those hidden gems that make great Christmas presents.

8)  Go ice skating. December is the one time of the year that cold has its benefits. There are many places that have ice rinks. Did you know that even the Galleria Shopping Centre in Hatfield has joined in on the fun.

9)  Visiting Santa’s Grotto. Did you know some of the parks have a Santa’s Grotto. Such a lovely idea to walk around in the dark lit up by fairy lights looking for Santa. High Elms Manor, Hertfordshire has an incredible day planned, Santa quest, a sleigh ride and so much more. Click here to find out more …

10)  Visit an Adventure playground like Alton Towers, Legoland or Gullivers Land – they all have something extra special planned over Christmas (remember you can use your Tesco/Sainsbury vouchers to get in for free).

11)  Pamper day. Make sure to take a friend or two and allow yourselves a day of relaxation. Christmas can actually be really stressful, getting through all the shopping, decorations and cooking. Not forgetting to mention all the family politics. A day at the spa can do wonders for your blood pressure. Give us a call to find out about specials available in your area.

12)  Donate something. Don’t forget the most important part of Christmas is to make someone else’s Christmas magical too. Find your local charity or soup kitchen to give a little back.

Ho Ho Ho, Have a Merrrrrrry Christmas from the Dash of Sparkle Team