Sometimes Christmas day can be accompanied with a lot of stress but it doesn’t have to. If you plan and prep before hand you can just focus on enjoying the day. The family comes together and all lends a hand to make the day extra special with gift giving, delicious food and festive films and music all day long. Here are some of the things you can do at Christmas to make the day more special and joyful for you.
//01 Go for a walk
A simple walk around your neighbourhood looking at Christmas decorations or having a wander around nature (maybe with your dog if you have one) is a perfect relaxing way to start the day. You could even take some hot chocolate in your travel mugs if its cold.
//02 Go sledding
If you are lucky enough to have snow, you can do the ultimate Christmas past time of sledding in the snow. It’ll keep the kids happy and its fun for all the family. You can also build a snowman while you’re at it.
//03 Call your family
Especially like your grandparents if you aren’t seeing them that day. They will appreciate a quick chat, thank you for gifts and hearing from you on Christmas day. Let them know you’re thinking of them.
//04 Volunteer your time
It’s always nice to give back and there is so many things you can do to suit your charitable ideals. See here for some ideas.
//05 Watch the Queen
The Queen makes a speech every year, tune in at 3pm to listen to this years. It’s bound to be a bit different!
//06 Make up a meal to take to your family or friends in need
Let’s face it, there is bound to be leftovers, if you know someone who is spending Christmas alone or doesn’t really get in the Christmas spirit take them a dinner over. They will appreciate the thought.
//07 Text your friends
A simple Happy Christmas or something a bit more heartfelt, they will appreciate that you have been thinking about them.
//08 Bring out the board games
I mean, is it even Christmas if family board games aren’t involved?
//09 Pop on your a family favourite festive movie
Here’s some idea’s:
- Home Alone
- Arthur Christmas
- The Grinch
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Christmas Chronicles
//10 Build a Gingerbread house
You can get kits everywhere now, its fun for all the family and a delicious dessert for after the fabulous Turkey dinner.
//11 Go to church
If you’re religious part of your day will involve going to church to listen to a festive themed service.
//12 Pop on the festive tunes!
//13 Watch a Christmas pantomime
With everything going on this year you are still able to buy tickets to see your local pantomime in your living room in some instances. Check out your local theatres site for more information. If you don’t want to pay for them, Cbeebies have loads on BBC iplayer you can watch that are filmed live from the past few years.
//14 Take lots of photos
Making memories and taking some family pictures is a perfect way to reminisce over the past festive holidays.
//15 Decorate Christmas Cookies
Not only will the day start out with your house smelling like freshly baked cookies, it’s a great day time activity. Get some festive cookie cutters, coloured frosting and decorations and get the whole family involved.
//16 Look at Christmas lights
When you’ve gone into the evening and it’s dark, go for a stroll or a drive around the neighbourhood and look at all the wonderful Christmas decorations people have out. I loved doing it as a kid.
//17 Have an all out fabulous breakfast
You can keep it light to save room for the big turkey dinner coming but there are so many nice things you can get in for a fancy breakfast in the morning. You could try:
- Home made pancakes/waffles
- Making your own sausage muffins (no McDonalds)
- Toasted muffins with scrambled egg, mushrooms and smoked salmon
- Make a breakfast bar with yoghurts, granola, fresh fruit and breakfast toppings
- Go for a classic full English
//18 Lend a hand
If you’re not the one hosting, lend a hand with preparing the main event. The turkey dinner, you can peel some vegetables, make the gravy or lay the table.
What else do you do on Christmas day? Let me know in the comments below for some more ideas!