Friday, 27 November 2015

101 Things To Do This Christmas

Can you believe there's less than a month to go 'til Christmas? I don't know about you, but I'm getting so excited for the holidays now, like a kid in a sweetshop at Disney Land.

If you don't already know, Christmas is my favourite time of year, and I love it just as much as I did when I was a kid- although these days, it's the lead up to the big day that I enjoy most. I try to fill the days and weeks leading up to the 25th with as many Christmas activities as possible, from festive movie marathons to Christmas crafting, baking tasty treats, and writing blog posts just like this one! There are so many ways to enjoy Christmas, and if you're stuck for ideas for ways to spend it, you've come to the right place.

I've compiled a list of 101 things to do this Christmas for you today, with heaps of ideas suitable for all ages and genders. If you don't have children, don't worry; every idea can be enjoyed by adults, too! I checked the list twice!



1. Make some festive playlists or dig out your old Christmas CDs to soundtrack all of your Christmas activities.
2. Go shopping for a Christmas tree.
3. Decorate the tree while listening to festive tunes.
4. Decorate the house while listening to festive tunes.
5. Buy or make a wreath.
6. Go to your local Christmas turning-on-of-the-lights event.
7. Visit a Christmas market. The European ones are usually the best.
8. Get hot roasted chestnuts and mulled wine from a street vendor.
9. Take a tour bus around a big city after dark when the Christmas lights have been turned on.
10. Put together a 'Christmas Eve box' of things to enjoy on Christmas Eve night.

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11. Go late night Christmas shopping.
12. Visit a fancy garden centre or department store to browse the Christmas departments.
13. Watch a festive film at the cinema.
14. Sit down and write all your cards while listening to festive tunes.
15. Go ice skating.
16. Drive around to spot Christmas lights.
17. Take a long walk to spot Christmas lights.
18. Make your own decorations for the tree.
19. Make your own Christmas cards.
20. Have at least one Christmas movie marathon.

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21. Watch a new-to-you Christmas movie.
22. Watch lots of Christmas TV specials. You can't beat The Vicar of Dibley's Christmas Lunch Incident and the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!
23. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies.
24. Stop off for a hot chocolate or your favourite seasonal coffee.
25. Throw a Christmas party.
26. Do some Christmas scrapbooking or art journaling.
27. Visit a manor house that's been decorated for Christmas, such as Blenheim Palace.
28. Go Christmas carolling.
29. Take family photos in front of the Christmas tree.
30. Make your own Christmas crackers. You can make them from scratch or buy kits from craft shops like Hobbycraft.

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31. Make table favours to give guests a little treat during Christmas dinner.
32. Relax with an adult Christmas colouring book. Trust me, it's a great way to de-stress.
33. Have a go at some festive creative writing.
34. Make a gingerbread house.
35. Catch a play at the theatre.
36. Make an advent calendar or buy one to enjoy.
37. Light an advent candle (or any candles) every night in December.
38. Send shoe box parcels to people in need and / or our hard-working soldiers deployed overseas.
39. Go out for a turkey dinner / carvery at a cosy country pub.
40. Make a Christmas cross stitch picture.

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41. Make Christmas cross stitch cards.
42. Have a go at some festive nail art.
43. Go to the Christmas party and have some fun.
44. Learn a Christmas song on an instrument.
45. Find the tackiest Christmas earrings you can find, and wear them proudly whenever you can.
46. Hang stockings over the fire. Don't have a stocking? Make one! Don't have a fire place? Hang stockings on the banister, wall, radiator (make sure to turn it off first), end of the bed etc.
47. Knit or crochet something festive.
48. Make a yule log.
49. Make popcorn and cranberry garlands to string up on the tree.
50. Read festive books like A Christmas Carol and Little Women.

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51. Have a girl's night in but instead of watching the usual rom-coms, watch Christmas movies instead.
52. Take part in a secret Santa.
53. Relax with a hot bubble bath, preferably using a festive bath bomb from Lush.
54. Make a Christmas cake or pudding.
55. Go see The Nutcracker ballet.
56. Buy and wear a Christmas jumper.
57. Start a new tradition.
58. Go to a church service, if only to listen to the carols.
59. Spend a day watching classic Christmas films like White Christmas, The Holiday Inn, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and Meet Me in St. Louis.
60. Make some Christmas embroidery hoop art.

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61. Visit a Christmas craft fair.
62. Make your own Christmas place settings for Christmas dinner.
63. Go to a pantomime.
64. Take at least one photo a day.
65. Visit a Christmas shop.
66. Go see a musical at the theatre.
67. Make your own Christmas gifts.
68. Bake and ice some Christmas cupcakes.
69. Go Christmas shopping.
70. Buy new festive PJs to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

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71. Have a lazy PJ day at home to recover from your hectic schedule.
72. Go foraging for foliage to use as natural decorations. You could even spray paint them afterwards.
73. Make a Christingle.
74. Master the perfect Christmas dinner with all the trimmings
75. Buy a new Christmas decoration.
76. Donate food, toys, blankets, money, your time etc. to your local animal rescue centres, hospitals, homeless shelters, food banks, and other good causes that help those in need.
77. Try a Christmas tradition from another part of the world.
78. Have a sleepover next to the Christmas tree with comfy bedding, PJs, and snacks.
79. Make your own mulled wine, eggnog, or sloe gin.
80. Spend some time wrapping Christmas presents as beautifully and creatively as you like.

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81. Have a carpet picnic with lots of festive treats.
82. Meet up with old friends for a few festive drinks and a catch up.
83. Hang up paper chains.
84. Go to a concert.
85. Have a board game night next to the Christmas tree.
86. Make your own chocolate truffles.
87. Visit some reindeer.
88. Revisit your old Christmas family traditions.
89. Hang up some mistletoe.
90. Get your hair done ready for all of those Christmas photos.

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91. Go Christmas shopping in a town or city a little further away from home than you'd usually shop. You could even make a night out of it, and stay over night in a hotel to give yourself a little break.
92. If it snows, have a snowball fight, build a snowman, make snow angels, go sledding, and go for a long walk.
93. Take a holiday or a short break. I'm sure we all dream of visiting New York at Christmas time one day.
94. Try a new recipe, such as a delicious dessert. If it turns out well, it could even become a tradition for you to make it every Christmas.
95. Make mince pies.
96. Take a Christmas Day walk.
97. Visit Disneyland, Harry Potter World, or another big attraction when it's dressed up for Christmas.
98. Spend a day in the kitchen making foodie gifts for friends and family, or just for you and your immediate family to enjoy over Christmas.
99. Educate younger members of your family on the awesome Christmas films from the eighties and nineties, like Santa Claus The Movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Snowman, and Home Alone.
100. Spend time with your family and friends- whether they drive you mad or not!
101. Make a Christmas photo album of all your Christmas memories.
Will you be giving any of these activities a go this Christmas?

What do you like to do to get yourself in the festive spirit? Are there any activities my list is missing that you think should be on it? Let me know in the comments below.

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