Christmas is looming, it’s only two weeks until the big day, but that’s not to say everyone is feeling in the festive mood. December can be a pretty stressful time, leaving you feeling decidedly lacking in Christmas spirit, but fear not there are loads of things you can do if you need an injection of festive fun. I’ve put together ten simple ways to help you feel festive this Christmas season, I hope they help you get in the mood!
Visit A Garden Centre
Garden centres transform into a Winter Wonderland in the approach to Christmas and we are lucky to have some fabulous ones locally. Filled to bursting with festive displays, decorations and gift ideas its easy to wile away a few hours without even realising it. We go religiously every year and it never fails to ignite that festive feeling.
Watch A Christmas Movie
Everyone has a favourite festive movie, so if you’re not feeling Christmassy yet, grab a blanket, snacks and a hot chocolate and pop it on. Nothing compares to the feel-good glow that comes from watching a Christmas movie, especially when sharing it with family and friends too. If you need some film inspiration, make sure you check out our Top 10 Favourites.
Take The Kids To See Santa
Don’t worry if you don’t have kids, just borrow some! Kids encapsulate the magic of Christmas and to witness the joy and awe on their faces when they visit Santa is just amazing. Grotto’s seem to go all out nowadays and make it much more of an experience for the whole family to enjoy and we certainly look forward to it every year. We dedicate a day to ‘Santa’ activities which leave us all super excited for big day!
Grab A Seasonal Drink
The options for festive drinks just seem to grow every year with stores like Starbucks & Costa creating wonderfully themed options. Let’s face it who doesn’t love a Gingerbread Latte? Yummy! Or why not sip some mulled wine to warm you on a cold evening in front of the fire? The options are endless, but all have one thing in common, they are synonymous with Christmas and a mere sip will help you catch that Christmas spirit.
Don A Festive Jumper
What better way to get into the mood than to slip into a piece of festively themed knitwear! There are so many fabulous designs from cute to bad taste and everything in-between. Wearing your festive Jumper is also a super simple way to help support Save The Children’s forthcoming Christmas Jumper Day Campaign whilst boosting your Christmassy mood – winner, winner!
Turn Up The Tunes
First, an admission, I have been known to listen to Christmas songs in the car all year! I’m a huge music lover anyway, but there is something special about Christmas songs that just make me smile, instantly brightening my mood. They are so upbeat and jolly I defy anyone to listen to them without feeling in the festive mood. I’ve put together a Christmas Playlist of all my favourites which is available to listen to on Apple Music and Spotify so if you need a festive top up press play, turn up the volume and enjoy!
As a self-confessed Christmas nut and bibliophile, it goes without saying that cheesy, feel-good festive reads feature heavily on my reading list over the festive period. There are literally hundreds of Christmassy, Winter reads usually complete with a wonderful heartfelt message of love and hope, so grab one and transport yourself into its pages to absorb the festive vibes. My favourite read of this festive season has been Christmas Miracles At The Little Log Cabin. It has all the components that make up the ideal Christmas read, and I recommend enjoying in front of the fire to maximise the festive feeling!
He’s Behind You!
Nothing says Christmas like a panto! I remember the fun and excitement of going to a panto or show in the run up to Christmas when I was a child and it’s something I enjoy sharing with my kids. There are so many shows from the large-scale pantos to small more intimate shows like The Santa Shows designed for younger children, all though are perfect for kickstarting your festive mood. So grab some tickets and enjoy!
Take A Walk
As the evening’s draw in it’s wonderful to take an early evening walk around your neighbourhood and see all the Christmas trees and decorations shining bright from the windows of homes and shops. So, grab your coat, wrap up warm and go for a little wander, it’s guaranteed to get you feeling Christmassy seeing all those wonderful lights and trees. To make it more exciting why not have a competition to see how many trees you can spot!
Visit a Christmas Fayre or Market
Not only are fayre’s and markets the perfect place to help you get in the mood for Christmas, they’re also fabulous for gift inspiration. With stalls filled with wonderful produce and trinkets from small businesses, you’ll be able to find some amazing unique gifts to tick off your shopping list. Grab a warm beverage and wander to your hearts content whilst absorbing the atmosphere, leaving you with a distinctly festive glow.