September 29, 2017

Go Big On Festivities This Christmas

Now that the summer is over, and we're well into Fall, it's likely that you've started to think about Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of year that millions of people around the world celebrate. It originated from the birth of Christ, but people from many other religions and walks of life now join in with the festivities, since the holiday has become more commercialized over the last century. Even if you’re not a fan of Christmas, I’m sure you can appreciate why it’s such a special time for people around the globe, and especially for children. Here’s some ideas on how you can make Christmas extra special this year.
Tree 

Putting the Christmas tree up as a family generally marks the beginning of the festive holidays. The tradition of putting the tree up on Christmas eve has died a bit, as now many of us decide to put our tree up earlier on in the month (or year for some people).


If you’ve never had a real Christmas tree, then you should consider trying it at least once in your lifetime. It adds that little bit of extra magic to the look of the tree, and the smells that radiate from it will create a warm fuzzy feeling every time you enter the room.

If you can’t, or simply don’t want to, then why not buy yourself a bigger and better artificial tree for this years celebrations? There are so many available in stores these days that you will be spoiled by how many choices there are! You’re now able to buy different colored trees too so if you wanted to match it with the rooms' decor, then you now can!

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Decorations
Once you have got your tree sorted, now the magical part begins -- decorating the tree! If you’ve got small children, why not buy some make your own baubles for them to decorate accordingly? They’re super cheap to buy and will keep the children entertained while you tackle the job of untangling the Christmas lights, even though you know you put them back neatly last year.

If you don’t have children, and want to keep your tree looking as sophisticated as your decor does, head out to your nearest home store and check out their range of baubles and tinsel to see if you can find anything you like the look of. If you don’t, you could always make your own too!

Finally, the tree is decorated apart from one tiny detail - the star or angel that goes on top of the tree. If your tree-topper is looking a little outdated, why not make your own using some silver wire, a bit of glue and some glitter?
Outside of the house
You’ve seen the houses around town that put loads of effort into the exterior displays on their house right? If you’ve never tried it, you can easily achieve a festive and magical look on the exterior of your house, and without having to climb any ladders!

If you’ve got a shrub or tree outside of your home, consider buying some outside lights to wrap around it, so that at night your home will sparkle. Another great idea would be to wrap some lights around any hanging baskets you own, as well as any other interesting points of your garden that would make your home stand out from the crowd. Of course, the obligatory “Santa, please stop here” sign will need to be displayed too.

Having a wreath is another popular trend which people like displaying on their doors. Why not have a go at making your own, using holly and spray paint? Getting the children involved (be careful with the holly) will certainly give you a personalized touch to your home.

Instead of trying to fit lights onto your home, why not try lights that you can put up for display on the inside of your windows so that it gives your home a really festive look? Plus, when all the lights and lamps are off at night, being inside of that room will really give you a festive feeling as you watch the Christmas lights twinkle.

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Attire
Over the coming months you will begin to see an array of Christmas-like attire fill the shelves of all of the clothing stores in town, so why not join in with the fun? Having a Christmas top especially for that day somehow makes the day even more special. If none of the shirts in the stores take your fancy, you could always find shirts online, or even sweaters too!

In the mood to go all out on attire this year? Consider buying yourself a Santa suit so that you can make the experience even more special for any children that you’re celebrating Christmas with.
Magic
If your parents brought you up to believe in Santa, think back to how magical the night before Christmas day was. Making the effort with little details will not only make you feel more festive, but it will make the experience for your children that little bit more magical. Here are some ideas on how you can do this:
  • Snowy footprint using flour and a big boot.
  • Reindeer tracks and footprints outside (depending on if it snows, this could be really exciting).
  • Milk, cookies, and carrot eaten by the time the children wake in the morning.
  • A left behind Santa hat by the chimney.

Anything that can give them the impression that Santa was in their home will make the day even more special. Even though Christmas is a time for spending quality time with your family and other loved ones, it’s really about making it extra special for children, so go all out and make these precious years count.

A fantastic way of adding extra magic for children is to have Santa ‘revisit’ your home while they are happily playing. Keep some of their presents back and hide them until you can safely ‘deliver’ them for the children.
Wrapping paper
Wrapping paper is widely available in pretty much all stores around the Christmas period, but why stick to the designs that the shops are offering to us? You’re now able to design and print your own wrapping paper. Imagine the possibilities with being able to personalize the wrapping paper for each of the gifts you’re wrapping. You’re even able to print the faces of the people the gift is for to add a little bit of comedy to the day too.
Scents
When you think of the smell of Christmas, it’s likely that you imagine the smell of dinner cooking, alongside any new scents that you have been gifted for Christmas. There are now reed diffusers, candles, wax melts and room sprays that you can buy with a Christmas-like scent such as cinnamon or aromatic spices. Adding a festive scent to the air will be sure to get you all excited for the big day.
Movies
Remember the days when you were younger, where the only thing that could distract you from the fact that Santa was coming were the Christmas movies shown on the TV? We are at an advantage these days, with watching movies much more easily than before through the use of Netflix, DVD players, sky movies, and other streaming programs. There are hundreds of movies that you can choose from to help keep you in the Christmas spirit, and here are a few examples:
  • The Grinch
  • Home Alone (any of them)
  • Elf
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Santa Clause (any of them)
  • White Christmas
  • The Snowman
  • It’s A Wonderful Life

There are loads of other ideas that you could watch, so don't forget to add your favorites to this list! Some people choose to watch their favorite films, regardless if they’re related to Christmas or not!

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Christmas Eve Box
Even though on Christmas Eve, your children are likely to be in bed earlier than they have ever been, a great way to entertain them the night before is to create a Christmas Eve box for them. These consist of pretty much anything you like, but many parents choose to put some new pajamas in, a movie for them to watch, and some snacks to have in their bedrooms so that the night before they have a way of occupying themselves.

The boxes are really easily made, and you can make one at home simply by covering an old shoe box in wrapping paper, and filling it with goodies for the children to open the night before.

So there we have it, nine fantastic ways of making Christmas even more special this year. Remember, it’s not about how much you’re buying for people. Christmas is a time of year that should be spent on togetherness, and not turned into a competition on how much you can spend. Make sure that no one you know is alone this Christmas, and spend the day with everybody you love. Happy holidays!

 *This is a collaborative/contributed/partnered, compensated post. The copy, content, images & opinions are not my own.