If you are stuck for festive ideas this year then try one (or all) of the following:
1) Find an Ice rink
You don’t need to take along a child as an excuse to discover your inner Torvill or Dean. Head to your nearest ice skating rink for a nice hot chocolate (or mulled wine) and immerse yourself amongst a festive backdrop to enjoy one of the best loved winter past times.
(We found the rink at Royal Tunbridge Wells at Christmas)
2) Find a Christmas Market
With so many wonderful Christmas Markets held in European cities each year, it is easy to get distracted with the idea of a Christmas Market involving a weekend break. Have a little look closer to home and you may find a lovely little treat.
(We found the Pantiles Christmas Market)
3) Christmas Decorations
It sounds obvious… but seeing as December has been mild weather wise, I was not feeling at all festive until we put our tree up at the weekend. If you are not excited about Christmas, and you haven’t yet got your tree up, stop everything you are doing immediately, and go home to put your Christmas tree up.
4) Visit Father Christmas
Again, you do not need a child for this one, although it is probably advisable if you want to avoid odd looks. Watching your child’s face light up as they see the big man in real life is pretty wonderful, just make sure they are suitably dressed for the special occasion…
5) Go to a pantomime
We are very excited about our trip to the panto on Friday (Oh no we’re not) and I am sure we will come away with the spirit of Christmas along with some very repetitive sayings (Oh no we wont)
(We are going to see Snow White at The Assembly Hall)
6) Make a Gingerbread House
Whether you buy a pre-made one and try to flog as your own (like me) or you are too proud to showcase something that is not home-made, assembling and decorating a gingerbread house not only leaves you with a personal Christmas display, but it is a great activity to keep you busy and channel your inner architect.
7) Dress up and Dance around your kitchen to Christmas songs
You could combine number 3 and 6 with this one, or just try it on its own. Who doesn’t love dancing round the kitchen? Check out Molly’s moves below for some choreographic inspiration…
We would love to hear your Christmas stories to spread the festive cheer…
Merry Christmas all x