We all love Christmas Day, with each of us having a favourite part of December 25th that we look forward to. Whether you're a fan of the presents, the food or getting quality time with your family, there's no denying that Christmas is a magical day.
It isn't just Christmas that can be special, though, as part of the excitement is the build-up to the big day. This means that Christmas Eve can be just as exciting and you have a great opportunity to make it a big event for your family.
Christmas Eve is all about the final preparations for December 25th and is sure to be exciting for both big and little kids. It is also a great day to spend with family before the madness of Christmas hits the next morning.
Here are some great ways to create the perfect Christmas Eve for your family, no matter how old they are:
A family favourite film
Nothing will get you all in the mood for Christmas and allow you to relax better than a family movie. There are so many great festive movies to choose from, but you're sure to have one that is special to your whole family, so pop this on and sit back and relax.
Make it a bit of an event by pouring hot drinks and getting a tin of chocolates out for everyone to enjoy. Pop on your Christmas lights and add a festive fragrance by lighting an Orange Spice candle and you're all good to go.
If you have little ones running around, this is a great way to introduce them to classic movies, while an evening film could help get them ready for bed before Father Christmas pays a visit.
Bake Christmas treats
Whether your children and grandchildren are young enough to believe in Santa or not, it can be a lot of fun to bake some tasty treats to leave out for him on Christmas Eve. Whether he's partial to some biscuits, is a fan of mince pies or enjoys a cupcake or three, baking and decorating festive-themed treats is a great way to spend time together.
Get started with baking in the morning so everyone is out of the kitchen in time for you to start prepping the Christmas turkey and everything is cooled enough for you to all enjoy a treat or two in the afternoon. Then you just need to leave out a plate and a glass of sherry for Father Christmas, as well as a carrot or two for the reindeer.
Mull the wine
Nothing says Christmas like the smell of mulled wine, so why not make a big batch for everyone? Whip up a batch of adult wine and mull some apple juice for the little ones, which will fill your home with a delicious fragrance and warm everyone up.
You might even want to gather some extended family for a mini party before you all do your own things on Christmas Day. This is a great way to make sure you see everyone without having to run around on December 25th - plus it's sure to tire out your kids!
Hang the stockings
Of course, you also need to make sure everything is ready and waiting for the arrival of Santa, which means taking some time to complete all those finishing touches. Make time for hanging stockings, finishing trimming the tree, popping small gifts under the tree and ensuring everything is set and ready for the big day.
You can make all of this a bit more fun by putting on some of your favourite songs and getting everyone to sing along. If this doesn't get you feeling festive, we don't know what will!