For a lot of people, the festive season truly is the most wonderful time of the year, not to mention the busiest! You’ll need to plan carefully to fit in all the fun, and to make time to enjoy playing at your favourite casino online, but it will all be worthwhile. You’ll get to connect with friends and family, giving and receiving, and being grateful for everything you have.
We’ve rounded up some great ideas to help get you and yours into the spirit of the season, and at least a few are bound to become cherished family traditions in the years to come. Which are your favourites?
Cookie Exchange Parties
Everybody has a trusted Christmas cookie recipe on standby, right? If you don’t, you can experiment and find the one that you like best. Swapping plates of freshly baked biscuits is a great way to connect with friends and neighbours, and to get a variety of different and delicious cookies in your home without spending too much time in the kitchen. Plus, it’s another excuse to have a party at this time of year. Add some eggnog and ugly sweaters, and you’re all set!
Most towns and cities have gorgeous official Christmas light displays, and there are often even ceremonies when they are turned on for the year. Taking in the official lights, or the incredible decorations around some private homes, can be really special.
This time of year, it’s important to take time to reflect on what’s happened over the past 12 months and where we want to go in the next 12. Creating personalised ornaments for your family members, or getting a professional artisan to do it, is a really meaningful way to do so. Perhaps you want to commemorate a trip or graduation that happened, or show what your wishes for them in the new year are. All sentiments will be appreciated.
A lot of the true spirit of Christmas is about giving back, rather than receiving. Donating dinner or long-term, store cupboard goods might not cost much to you, but it could mean the world to those less fortunate. You could even do a “service scavenger hunt” with some other families, competing to see who can do the most for others in a single day.
Christmas Camp Outs
Sleeping bags by the fire, whether in your living room, backyard or further afield, are another way to make the holiday season feel special. You could combine camp outs with other customs, like eating the cookies you just decorated for dinner, or having everyone wear matching Christmas jammies.
Family Christmas Games
The meal has been eaten, the gifts have been opened, and non-family guests have gone home. The kitchen might even be clean, with the leftovers (that are surely one of the most underrated pleasures of the season) put away. Now what?
Start a tradition of sitting together over some board games, to keep the good mood up as you wind down from the festivities. A few themed games could help ease the post-Christmas blues even more. Alternatively, start planning for next year!