Now we’re in mid December Christmas really is around the corner, time to get into the festive spirit and enjoy these exciting days in the run up to the big event. Many people have broken up from work, school or university now so you have plenty of time on your hands to make the most of it and get involved with some fun festive activities. If you’re really wanting to get in the Christmas mood, here are some ideas!

Baking

Christmas is a time to indulge in some tasty food and drink guilt free, so now is a great time to get into the kitchen and whip up some delicious festive treats. From gingerbread men to maple syrup cakes, cookies, trifles and more, there are loads of Christmassy recipes on sites like Pinterest to give you ideas. For extra effect, pop on a Christmas party playlist so you have some background music while you create.

Christmas Markets

A wonderful way to really embrace the Christmas spirit is by going to a Christmas market. Lots of towns and cities have these so there should be one within a reasonable distance to you. They have stalled for food and drinks such as mulled wine and cider. There are little shops and stalls you can buy gifts and decorations from, there’s music playing, many will have things like rides and an ice skating rink. Wrap up on in your winter warmers and head down for a fun day out at this time of year.

Movie Night

Christmas is a fantastic opportunity to get cosy and spend time with loved ones. What better way to do that than to get out some snuggly blankets, make some hot chocolate and have a night of festive movies together. There are always Christmas films being shown at this time of year so pop them on to record when you see them. Otherwise buy a couple of dvds, you can watch them every year then.

See Santa

If you have a child or family member around the right age then taking them to go and visit Santa is always fun over Christmas. Seeing them get excited is infectious, not to mention grottos are usually in places like department stores which are beautifully decorated for Christmas. A child will always remember their trips to Santa so by taking them you can help them create a wonderful memory. If you’re already out and about Christmas shopping and doing fun festive things, you could incorporate this as part of the day.

Do Something For Charity

Christmas is a time of year where many of us realise just how lucky we are. We have a roof over our head, food in our cupboards and gifts under the tree. However it gets you thinking about those who are less fortunate, and one nice thing to do is something for charity. You could put together a Christmas shoebox for a disadvantaged child, a domestic violence survivor or lonely elderly person. You could donate money to charity or you could volunteer.