Today marks 50 days until Christmas! In celebration I thought that I would share 50 Christmas activities for your Christmas bucket list.
So here are 50 Joyfully Festive ideas, one for each and every day up to Christmas Day. You can try to do them all or just pick your favourites.
> Write your letter to Santa – he will write back if you write to him by 6th December, find details here. Remember that it isn’t just Santa that might need help deciding what to get you. Write a few things down to give the loved ones in your life some pointers too.
> Write Christmas cards –Christmas cards are a 400 year old tradition – Don’t let it die out because you can’t be bothered. They are a wonderful and easy way to say a few personal words each year and show that you are thinking of people. Get started early and deliver them yourself.
> Fill an advent calendar – instead of buying a chocolate advent calendar, buy or make a reusable one and fill with small gifts they will enjoy – like hair and beauty products or stationary. See my post about the advent calendars I have here.
> Deck the halls – put up your Christmas decorations, make sure you don’t forget the kitchen which is one of the most important rooms during the holidays.
> Plan your Christmas menus – Christmas is not just one day, plan special treats for the whole season. Get out all those Christmas cookery books and make a list of everything you would like to make this year.
> Plan your Christmas TV – buy that Christmas TV magazine, sit down with a cuppa and get highlighting. It’s the only way to not miss things. See a list of my favourite Christmas specials here.
> Have a Christmas shopping day – plan a day out with someone you love to hit the shops.
> Make a Christmas playlist – make sure all your favourite music of the season is played during the holidays by creating a playlist on spotify or a USB stick. See my a cappella favourites post to add some new music to your playlist here.
> Make a Christmas Eve box – wrap up a box with Christmas PJ’s, festive treats and a new DVD for everyone in the family to enjoy on Christmas Eve. See my favourite Christmas animations here.
> Wrap your presents – put a whole evening aside as early as possible – make some mulled wine and put on a Christmas movie to watch or your Christmas playlist. Take your time and enjoy it!
> Have a pamper day – Get yourself ready for party season by setting aside a day to either relax at home or go out and have your hair and nails done.
> Christmas Planter – Plant up an outdoor pot with merry and bright plants to create a festive welcome on the doorstep. Red and white cyclamen, skimmia, holly and ivy are good choices.
Christmas Food & Drink
> Sort out your Christmas drinks menu – See my post here to get something special in for everyone.
> Have a Christmas baking afternoon – make some Christmas cookies, mince pies and sausage rolls to give to guests over the season.
> Go for a Christmas afternoon tea – check out the Snowman themed one at Cafe Rouge here.
> Make a gingerbread house – either from scratch or buy a kit you can assemble.
> Roast chestnuts – (or marshmallows) on an open fire.
> Set up a hot chocolate station in your kitchen – don’t forget lots of marshmallows, cinnamon and sprinkles.
> Go for a festive lunch – take advantage of someone else’s cooking. Lots of ideas for places that serve a festive menu in my post here.
> See the Christmas lights – wrap up warm and go for a walk round your neighbourhood to see all the Christmas lights
> Take a family photo – dress up in your best dress or silly Christmas jumpers and take a family photo. Then actually print it out, frame it and give it to your mum or granny to display proudly. Do this every year. Take it a step further and create a photo calendar or photobook for them.
> Visit a Christmas fair or market – support local and small businesses by attending your local Christmas market. Lot’s of ideas for how to find these in this post here.
> Bake a cake on stir up Sunday – Sunday 24th November is Stir up Sunday this year – traditionally the day you make your Christmas pudding. But I always make my Christmas cake on this day (make sure you have soaked your fruit ahead of time).
> Make a wreath – pick up some supplies from a florist and have a go at making your own wreath.
> Attend a tree lighting ceremony – find when your local lights are being switched on and go and support your local community and businesses.
Christmas Activities and Entertainment
Going Out Christmas Activities
> Go for a winter woodland walk – during the day, get out those wellies and go to see all the beautiful winter berries.
> Attend a Christmas carol service – try and find a candlelit one for maximum festive cheer.
> Go carolling – If church isn’t your thing, how about learning a few carols and going out with friends or family to spread some Christmas joy to your neighbours.
> Meet an old friend for Coffee – yes, you meant to meet up all year but never quite managed it – find time to do it now.
> Go to the Cinema – plan a trip to see the latest Christmas movie as it is released whether you are into Last Christmas or Star Wars.
> Attend a local Nativity – the reason for the season. Check out local churches, schools and some places even do an outdoor nativity play now.
> Build a snowman / Go sledging / Have a snowball fight – depending on the weather obviously.
> Ice skating – No snow? Find a local ice rink and go skating.
For going out essentials gift ideas, read my post here.
Staying In Christmas Activities
> Make a homemade gift – you don’t need to be an artisan and make something spectacular. start with a simple box of cookies, some fudge or a jar of jam or chutney. It’s the thought that counts.
> Host a Christmas party – play all your favourite Christmas music, have a dance and serve Christmas cocktails and mocktails.
> Have a Christmas movie marathon – make popcorn and use the extra to make a popcorn garland.
> Play a board game – don’t wait for the big day to bring out the board games, turn off the TV and have a screen free afternoon of fun
> Make a Christmas ornament – Hobbycraft have ready-made shapes, you just need to add paint, glitter and a little time.
> Christmas flowers – Create some floral displays. Vases and pots with flowering bulbs in, paperwhite daffodils and enormous bright red amaryllis are my favourites. I always buy a poinsettia too. I really recommend Sarah Ravens book Complete Christmas if you love flowers for some great ideas.
> Make paper snowflakes – to hang in your windows for a guaranteed white Christmas.
> Read a Christmas book – my recommendations: The Night before Christmas , A Christmas Carol, Hogfather and Little Women.
> Do a Christmas puzzle – something for all ages. It doesn’t need to be all done in one day. Find a quiet area out of the way where people can escape the bustle and set up a Christmas puzzle.
If you have a home lover to buy for, check out my staying in gift essentials here.
The Spirit of Christmas
> Check on your neighbours – especially if they are alone, take them some cookies or invite them round for a mince pie and a glass of something.
> Make a birdseed feeder – bring festive Robins to your garden and feed them, try this idea on the RSBP website here.
> Donate a toy – donate a Christmas present for a child who may not receive a gift this year. The Salvation Army run this appeal every year, details here.
> Take part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day – buy a Christmas jumper if you don’t already have one and wear it proudly on Christmas jumper day. This year it falls on Friday 13th December, details here.
> Fill a shoebox – with toys for Operation Christmas Child – See the website here. Collection week is 11-18th Nov – so be quick with this one!
> Donate a food item at your local supermarket – all supermarkets have a collection point.
> Host a Christmas Crafternoon – mental health charity Mind are running this campaign, details here.
There you have it – 50 Christmas activities for your Christmas bucket list. How many do you think you will do?