Get in the Christmas mood with these 8 Christmas traditions, perfect for all the family. Controversial as it may be, we all know deep down that it’s the countdown to Christmas that is the best bit of the holiday season.
There’s getting your house decorated, wearing your treasured Christmas jumper, drinking mulled wine, kissing under milestone, and making your way through your top Christmas movies which help to bring that festive feeling to you and those around you.
As Christmas traditions go, advent calendars are a lot of fun. First introduced in the early 1900s by Gerhard Lang and now an everyday festive tradition. By having a calendar countdown you can build up excitement for Christmas and who doesn’t like the idea of opening a present every day. There’s an advent calendar for everyone too, with beauty advent calendars, stationery advent calendars, wine advent calendars, and chocolate advent calendars. Find yours at brands such as Selfridges, Paperchase, Next, John Lewis, Whittard of Chelsea, Lush, and The Body Shop
Sending a festive card is one of the Christmas traditions that have stood the test of time. With the pandemic having an impact on how we connect with our loved ones, this year let them know you’re thinking of them whether they are near or far with a heartfelt message. Nothing else compares to receiving good wishes in the post so get in the festive spirit by spreading some Christmas cheer.
You can also get inventive with how you display your Christmas cards as Christmas decorations. Tip: Recycle and reuse your Christmas cards as gift tags the following year.
We’ve coined 2020 as the year to go big on Christmas decorations as the pandemic see us spending more time at home. From dressing your Christmas tree, hanging up stockings to Christmas wreaths, we cover everything you need to prepare your home for this wonderful time of year. And with the biggest and best Christmas shops, you’re spoilt for choice with the brands on Oxford Street.
Carving out time for Christmas traditions you can do with your family and friends is a perfect way to get into the holiday season. You can create your own Christmas decorations with seasonal designs such a snowflakes, snowman, and paper chains. Or why not have a go at designing your own wrapping paper, gift bows, or gift tags. With lots of inspiration on Pinterest you can get creating with lots of things you’ll already have in your house.
If the weather outside is frightful and the sofa is so delightful, let the movie marathon begin, after all, we’ve got no place to go.
Whatever category calls out to you, there’s a Christmas film for you. Do you like romance? It’s got to be Love Actually. Action? Then a Die Hard marathon is for you. Something for the kids? Then festive favourites such as Home Alone, The Grinch or Miracle on 34th Street always go down well.
Everyone’s got their most-loved Christmas treat whether your vice is mince pies, mulled wine or marzipan. Head to one of the food halls on Oxford Street which remain open during lockdown to indulge in delicious food and drink that will instantly transport you back to Christmas’ past and become a staple of your 2020 Christmas menu.
From Mariah Carey to Michael Bublé, spinning your favourite Christmas songs is a guaranteed way to get that festive feeling. Turn the tunes up and get the whole family singing along with everyone knowing the words to the classics. Better yet why not co-create a Christmas playlist so everyone can hear their most-loved songs.
Help spread joy and love at this time of year to those less fortunate. Incorporate a charitable tradition and give back to those less fortunate. This doesn’t need to be monetary, you can donate your time by doing things like volunteering at your local soup kitchen or collecting coats for the homeless. Or donate to a local charity.
This year we’re spreading gratitude by shining the light on our 2020 heroes. You can nominate a hero for their chance to see their name in our Christmas lights for a week plus they’ll win a £500 gift card.
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