It’s quite easy to get stuck under the winter throw with the box of Roses on your lap, giving out to whoever left the wrappers in the box over Christmas. It’s a time to relax, unwind, and indulge after the parties, the excitement, and picking the tinsel out of your hair. But Christmas is also a time to be together, of gratitude and appreciation, and finding alternative ways to celebrate and experience Christmas with your loved ones.
Places to Go
Instead of staying indoors for a lot of the time this Christmas sipping the mulled wine and picking at the ham, head outdoors and treat your family to the crisp winter air and some festive treats as you explore the outside.
A picnic in winter can be such a fun experience as you pull out leftovers.
Go for a hike, a long walk, take out the bike and explore the sights and sounds of the wilderness this Christmas.
Make sure to bring the whole family, including the dog, so you can all experience this Christmas tradition together. And if you’re brave enough, take a dip in the sea!
Things to Make
Along your walk or hike, why not collect pine cones, berries, twigs, and evergreen branches. Get crafty with the fire lit when you get home. There are so many ways to make festive wreaths with your spoils.
Make your own Christmas crackers or reindeer food in preparation for the big day. Or, as the house warms up, spend the day baking Christmas treats to share with family and friends over the holidays, including a traditional gingerbread house.
With so many ideas, you could run your own bakery for the day ending up with the whole family exhausted and covered in flour come dinner time.
Lend a Helping Hand
This Christmas we all have ample opportunity to give back to those in need. Volunteering is a great way to help others and doesn’t have to cost anything but your time.
Calling into an elderly neighbour, helping with shopping, or even sharing your baking goodies to raise money for those in need can be very rewarding. Check out the National Volunteering Database, i-Vol, for volunteer opportunities.
Have a Barbeque
The traditional BBQ on Christmas day is popular in other parts of the world but not so much here in Ireland with the high possibility of rain on Christmas. But why should we let a little bit of rain deter us from a splendid feast? Why not consider gathering the family around a yuletide barbeque this year with corn on the cob and Uncle Brian’s not so festive but perfectly delicious chicken wings.
Have a Christmas Jumper Day
Not everyone looks great in a Christmas jumper, but the tackiness of it all may very well be the whole point of it! Gather the family together for an afternoon of fun Christmas games and laughs. Instead of spending hours over a hot stove for a sit-down lunch, share a memorable day with those you love by playing board games, telling stories, and cracking each other up with the worst Christmas jokes.