5 Uplifting Festive Activities You’ll Want To Try
Whether you’re into carols or crafts, movies or mince pies, there are endless activities you can enjoy to get into the festive spirit.
Nothing says festive greetings more than gingerbread, so what better way to kick off our list of festive activities than with some baking in the form of a gingerbread house! Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you could either buy a gingerbread house pack that come with readymade biscuits, sweets and icing tubes etc -or you could go the extra mile and bake your own gingerbread from scratch! So dig out that apron and rolling pin and get those creative juices flowing!
For those with a creative flare, this time of year offers a plethora of opportunities to get inspired and inventive and we’ve got some great ideas for you to try!
Wreaths are most often associated with the festive period, so why not hold a wreath making party? It’s a great excuse to get your friends and family together and the perfect way to get into the festive spirit.
You will need:
- Greenery – (real or fake)
- Floral wire
- An array of wire cutters and pliers
- Wreath frames
- Glue guns
- Festive decorations like ribbons, bells, lots of sparkly bits, feathers, dried leaves, cranberry’s acorns, pecans and pine cones
- You could even weave in some battery operated lights.
Blast some festive tunes and get to work on your show-stopping wreath for your front door that you'll be able to use year after year!
Another great option is making snow globes. Christmas is the perfect time for homemade crafts, whether you need to keep the kids occupied or are looking for an evening project to help you get into the festive spirit. They are easy and relatively mess free (so a great one to do with the kids) plus they make beautiful ornaments!
You will need:
- Clean jam jar
- Waterproof figurine of your choice
- White modelling clay
- Clear glue
- 2-3 tsp glycerine
- ½-1 tsp biodegradable glitter
- Ribbon (optional)
Festive photographs are a great way to commemorate special moments forever – so, this month have a family photoshoot with a twist. Instead of your typical family photo, why not have some festive fun with it? Get the whole family involved with a craft activity or putting up the tree and set up a camera, you will capture some authentic smiles and laughter. Alternatively, take it to the next level and set up a photobooth. Make sure you have plenty of festive props and costumes available for unforgettable images for the family album.
It’s important to keep your emotional health in check and to allow yourself time to clear your mind and escape the madness that often comes with the festive season. Why not try taking an ‘unplugged’ walk – leave your phone at home and have a wonder around your local area. Listen to your favourite festive tunes and go on a hike alone, or with friends and take in the sights, the lights and the fresh air. If you’re looking for a way to entice the kids outside, why not try a festive themed family scavenger hunt? Give your children a chance to run riot around the garden or local park. It’s up to you what needs to be hunted, it could be ‘three things that go around the Christmas tree’, or ‘decorative lights’ or maybe just ‘a wreath’. Set a timer for all the things to be found and judge the winners at the end!
It’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning behind the festive season, being together as a family. So why not spend a self-care evening all together? Put together a carefully curated self-care box for the whole family. We love bits like face masks, bath bombs, candles, some wax melts, candy canes, a fun and festive DVD and some popcorn, blankets, and fluffy socks to use alongside. Whatever it is that the whole family can use to relax and unwind and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!