Don’t get us wrong, we love Christmas! But amidst all the pressure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, plan and prep a delicious meal, and look glam at the same time, it can be exhausting. So, we’ve put together a seasonal bucket list of little things to do over the Christmas period to remind you of what it’s all about.
Reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken to this year
True friends are timeless but before you know it a whole 12 months have gone by without speaking to them. Don’t just sign your name on a Christmas card and pop it in the post, pick up the phone and have a proper catch up. They’ll be pleased you rang.
Dance around to Christmas tunes while eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine
There’s a finite amount of time when listening to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and eating mince pies for dinner is acceptable. Embrace the season and leave the wrapping for another day. Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and get into the Christmas spirit.
Take a candlelit bath
It’s cold and dark outside, but the perfect antidote is a hot bath surrounded by beautifully glowing candlelight. Choose from our deliciously scented Festive Collection to set the mood for your soak and enjoy the fragrance of winter spices and citrus fruits as you relax and unwind.
Perfect your eggnog recipe
Eggnog always seems very American but is a Christmas tradition us Brits really need to get into. There are lots of different ways to make the creamy drink, but we think it’s great fun trying out variations until you hit the sweet spot. Whether you prefer rum or bourbon, nutmeg or cinnamon, whisk these ingredients up with egg yolks, milk, cream and sugar for a true flavour of the season.
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Hang mistletoe in a strategic spot
Mistletoe is our favourite festive plant and a fun way to remind your significant other just how much you love them this Christmas. Hang a sprig over the doorway and surprise them with kisses on regular occasions.
Go for a foraging walk
Our favourite trend for Christmas 2019 is foraged items decorating the table on the big day. Step away from the dinner prep and wrap up warm to head outside and collect pine branches, fir cones and pieces of holly to nestle amongst the candles on December 25th.
Snuggle down with a Christmas movie
Perhaps you’ve seen most of them 100 times before, but Christmas is all about tradition, so watch your favourite festive movies again. Take the time to put your feet up and give these classics the attention they deserve.
Build a snowman
OK, so this one is a little weather-dependent, but it’s really easy to forget the magic of snow when you’re an adult. If we do get some of the white stuff, set your worries about how to get the car out to one side and build a snowman, make snow angels or have a snowball fight.
Enjoy a Christmassy read
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time to read. Obviously, there’s classic tales like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory to get stuck into, but you could go off piste. We recommend Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay for something a bit different.
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Seek out the neighbourhood’s best Christmas lights
Take advantage of everyone else’s hard work and wander around your neighbourhood looking at their Christmas lights. You can give them marks out of ten for style, theme and level of commitment before heading home for a warming cup of cocoa.
Singing Christmas songs from door to door is a tradition that’s starting to fade away, but it’s a great way to tap into a real feeling of community. You might also bring some unexpected joy to someone who would otherwise be alone during the festive period.
Wear that Christmas jumper
It’s no good remembering that you own a Christmas jumper in July; be sure to wear it throughout December. It doesn’t matter if it’s garish and you get extra points for flashing lights, so spread some Christmas cheer with a seasonal jumper.