Christmas is always a really full-on time of year for me, but it’s recently getting a little quieter. Every year, Christmas meant working right up until Christmas eve, as I was always working in retail head offices in PR & Marketing before I went self employed.
Socialising wise, it was always about being surrounded by various Christmas parties, a night-before-Christmas-Eve film night in, Christmas Eve drinks, and in recent years, a festive getaway to some where like Bruges!
However, the past few years have been a little different. There hasn’t been a cheeky European getaway to experience the Christmas Markets oversea’s. It’s all about being at home, having a quiet, relaxing, wind down holiday season. Now I work for myself, I can ‘try’ to switch off early. I’m way too old for the mad Christmas Eve drinks on the town tradition I did in my twenties, where now you’ll find me having a wine at home with my Mum and Dad.
So with 2020 coming close, I thought I’d put a little guide together for those similar to me, in their late twenties plus, wanting to enjoy Christmas without it being stressful and full on.
1. Save Some Time For Creative Baking
Last year was the first year I tried my hand at Christmas baking, making various cinnamon cookies and my all time favourite – mince pies! After purchasing all the festive treats for the house such as Baileys, biscuits, Prosecco, cheeses and all sorts of luxury nibbles to indulge in over my Christmas at-home gatherings, I thought its a nice touch to introduce some home baking.
I’ve also asked my boyfriend for a Kenwood Professional Cake Mixer for my main Christmas gift last year, as I planned that 2019 would be the year where I turned into a master baker!
I can’t say I did, however, I’m planning on inviting some friends and family round throughout December as an excuse – and to pressure me – into doing some festive baking. Also, if their are children in the family, it’s a lovely opportunity to have fun with the kids. Put on Christmas inspired aprons, play the festive music, and bake some gingerbread ladies!
Or, mince pies of course!
Also – have you ever thought that homemade baking is actually a really cute gift idea? If you know a fellow mince pie lover, why not make some cute ones with stars on the lids, or even iced in their favourite colour? Box them up, pop them in a sweet little paper bag, and give them a thoughtful gift packed with lots of real effort! Especially if you have any little ones to buy for, they would love gingerbread biscuits…
You can even use your creative baking skills to create homemade hampers. If you have lots of time, try making Christmas cake, and slab up the cake so that you can gift a large slice to family and friends in a hamper. You can pop in the mince pies and biscuits too, along with some cinnamon tea bags, hot chocolate sachets, and anything else that resembles cosy Christmas nights in…
2. Turn Festive Nights Out Into Family Nights In
Usually, I tend to go on lots of Christmas parties with different groups of friends and companies etc, and normally I attend a lot of blogger Christmas parties too. But this year, I’m stripping it back a little. I’m prioritising family time and having some chilled out nights in, so if you’re considering the same thing, remember that it doesn’t have to be ‘boring’.
First of all – never under estimate the power of a good old games night. It doesn’t have to be too wild of course, especially if you have elderly family. You can have hours of fun with traditional board games and even card games.
You might even want to book a weekend in a lodge or a caravan somewhere not too far away, which always goes down well if you have grandparents or elderly parents who don’t enjoy travelling. Just make sure you have the relevant items there to make it comfortable – mobility scooters, reclining chairs and walking aids are all something to be considered if you’re planning a festive break away, or even if you’re hosting Christmas at your place.
Do your research first before planning a trip away -or a visit to your place – when it comes to making sure those not as mobile as you can be comfortable. You can find help and guidance over at Fenetic Wellbeing, which has an extensive range of mobility scooters, walking aids, wheelchairs etc…
This year I’m loading up on DVD’s to cover these type of occasions. Think of Love Actually and The Holiday -that’s the type of chick flick Christmas movies I like to indulge in from the comfort of my own sofa. Throw in some homemade fancy cooking into the mix and voila – perfect family nights in.
3. Make The Home a Christmas Abode
This year, with more days and nights indoors than usual, I’m making more of an effort to turn my house into a magical, whimsical Christmas adobe.
I feel like I’ve been preparing for a cosy at-home Christmas throughout the whole of November, so much so all my wrapped presents are all neatly tucked under the Christmas tree, festive food is in the fridge and the freezer, and a huge ASDA home delivery has been placed online, awaiting myself to hit send for any emergencies, should I need them nearer to Christmas.
Anything can wrong over the period, especially when you have such firmly set plans across Christmas and NYE. But with unexpected issues such as horrendous weather, kitchen and home disasters (god forbid) or just about anything unexpected, its always good to be financially prepared.
I’ve also booked onto a Christmas Wreath making workshop on the 10th December! I’ve actually never made a wreath before, so I’m super excited to get all creative…
So that’s a few Christmas plans sorted, but as for NYE… I’m stuck! Anyone got any ideas and inspiration? Feel free to share some below!
I’d love a few thoughts on where to go and what to do in and around Greater Manchester for New Years Ever 2019, what doesn’t potentially mean having a wild night out, but does involve getting glammed up and leaving the home.
Let me know guys!