It’s the same every year. We think we have ages to get all the presents sorted, order the turkey, and organise a family get together, but we always seem to be rushing to get things ready for Christmas. Well, this year, why not try something different to celebrate the festive season? If you can’t face the thought of peeling sprouts this Christmas, this guide gives you some alternative celebration ideas!
Change your Dinner Plans
The key thing if you want to celebrate the festive season with a difference is to step back from the norm. So, if you always have a traditional home-cooked dinner, why not book a restaurant and have the whole meal cooked for you?
This saves you the stress of getting everything ready, or spending the whole of Christmas morning in the kitchen, and there is no clearing up to do afterwards.
Don’t Send Gifts
Yes, you heard it right… stop wasting money on gifts that you don’t even know your relatives will like or want. Confer before-hand and pool together your money to do something else instead, something that you can do to spend time with each other. That could be a family day out, tickets to a fun show, or attending an event that you all enjoy.
If you have children who come to expect and enjoy the gifting tradition, then don’t disappoint them! However, your other relatives might actually appreciate doing something different, and it also saves them the stress of finding gifts too.
Join in with Charity Projects
Christmas is not a fun time for everyone, so if you want to make a difference this year then why not join a charity project and help brighten someone else’s festive season? This could mean raising money, collecting food donations, or simple spending an hour of your time on Christmas Day to talk with people who are lonely. Making an effort to do something to help others gives you a good feeling, and it is also what the spirit of Christmas is all about.
Go on Holiday
If you are fed up with the cold weather, then why not spend Christmas somewhere hot and sunny? Going abroad for Christmas gives you the opportunity to experience another culture, and you will have a new set of festive ideas that you might like to make your own. Organising a winter sun holiday can be just the thing you need to escape the build up to Christmas, and you can return feeling refreshed and ready for the New Year.
Christmas Day is a day of traditions, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t swap things around now and then, or start new traditions! Christmas time is all about spending time with the people you love, and doing things to help others. That could be by cooking a meal, being charitable or simple doing something nice. Where and how your spend Christmas doesn’t really matter, as long as you have fun together!
Will you try something different this year for the festive season?
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