There's no better way than igniting some festive cheer in you than by decorating for the Christmas season. As you are surrounded by tinsel, bauble and lights, you'll definitely start to feel Christmassy. Whether you're opting for an artifical or real Christmas tree, spending your time carefully decorating it and deciding what the tree topper will be, will have you feeling all merry inside in no time! Grab some Christmas window lights and make sure to decorate inside as well as outside.
2) Listen to Christmas Music
As they say, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!Whether you want to go around singing carols or just belting out the festive classics at karaoke with your mates, it's sure to put you in a Christmassy mood! Channel your inner Mariah Carey as you sing into your hairbrush at home, or drive home for Christmas with Chris Rea. In local town centres, you can often find choirs or groups of volunteers singing the festive carol at this time of year. You could even attend a Christmas concert if you're not confident in your singing abilities and leave it up to the professionals!
3) Bake Festive Goodies
If your application to The Great British Bake Off got missed this year, then grab your apron because it's your time to shine! Make some Christmas cookies in star and Christmas tree shapes and decorate them however you like! This is a great idea that you could also do with your little ones, and that's bound to get you into the Christmas spirit, just make sure to save one or two for Santa. Or give yourself a real challenge and make the Christmas Pudding for the big day, the happy smiles on your guests faces will surely be worth it! Don't forget to treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine to celebrate your success.
4) Watch Christmas Films
The run up to Christmas can be an extremely busy period both socially and at work, which can lead to you feeling not very festive. Sometimes the best thing to do is to sit back on the sofa, put your feet up and put on a Christmas film and let the spirit of Christmas come to you! You can pick from absolute classics like 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' or 'Home Alone' or 'The Muppets Christmas Carol' or why not watch them all? The best part is you can eat the Christmas cookies you made earlier while you watch the film!
5) Throw on some Christmas Clothes
The number 1 piece of Christmas clothing to wear is the Christmas jumper. We happen to have a great range that you can choose from including women's, men's and children's featuring pictures of gonks, mulled wine and Santa! Don't worry if you've missed Christmas jumper day, there is still plenty of time to grab one and join in with festive tradition. It doesn't stop at just jumpers, as you can get Christmas leggings, Christmas jeans, t-shirts and just about anything really! There's nothing better than curling up on the sofa in snug Christmas pyjamas with festive patterns and having a set that matches the rest of the family's! To really get yourself in the festive mood, why not try making something yourself?
6) Buying Christmas Presents
Start making a list and checking it twice to see who you're buying for and what you're buying this year! It's a unique time of year as it's the only time you buy gifts for all of your loved ones at the same time. Making a list can help the process seem less overwhelming and will help you to be more organised. This should make you enjoy it more and therefore you'll feel more festive! You'll also get to see pretty Christmas trees and decorations as you go out to do your Christmas shopping, and get inspired to decorate your home as you shop!
7) Wrapping Christmas Presents
Once you've shopped till you dropped,it's time to choose the wrapping paper, bows and ribbon to decorate your parcels. It's such a lovely experience taking your time to wrap the gifts neatly before you put them under your Christmas tree. We can guarantee that as the pile of presents starts growing under the tree all in different coloured or patterned paper, your excitement for Christmas will also start growing. We promise not to tell anyone if you want to take a quick sneak peek under the tree!
8) Going to Christmas Markets
Christmas markets are amazing events that are certain to get you into the mood for the festive season. Many are filled with the traditional wooden chalets where you can pick up some unique Christmas gifts, handmade items, toys and clothes! You will also be able to sample some amazing food like German Bratwurst, Dutch pancakes, French crepes and much more! There's often live music and we're sure you'll find yourself holding a cup of mulled wine. You can't escape the festive feeling here, and it's a lovely place to go with friends and family too! We have some great deals on Christmas market breaks that we know will have you feeling festive, you can check these out above! Whether it's your local Christmas market or you fancy going further afield, you're bound to have a great time, and most importantly, feel Christmassy!
9) Christmas Drinks
The official drink of Christmas is Eggnog, which contains eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg, vanilla and is then topped with an alcohol like rum, whisky or brandy! Don't worry if this doesn't appeal to you, because there are plenty of other Christmas drinks you can have. If you're more of a cocktail person, then have a mango daiquiri or a Christmas cosmopolitan! Of course, you can have non-alcoholic drinks too like a nice warm hot chocolate or festive juices like cranberry! Whichever drink you end up having, it's sure to put you in the festive mood! Don't forget to get the Baileys out too.
10) Festive Afternoon Tea/Dining
We have plenty of deals for festive afternoon teas that are sure to put you and your loved ones right in the festive spirit! Restaurants and cafes have special festive afternoon tea menus including mince pies, scones, turkey and cranberry sandwiches! If you're looking for a full meal, you can expect dishes like game terrine, oven baked salmon and Christmas pudding. You'll feel full as well as full of Christmas cheer! Or treat your loved one to an afternoon tea or meal as part of their Christmas present.