24 unusual things to do this Christmas

Today marks the official beginning of Christmas season which is undoubtedly the best time of the year. If you were following my blog at this time last year you might remember that I started my Christmas Countdown with a post about my favourite things to do during Christmas season. Writing it definitely got me into the Christmas spirit and in my mind I was already eating roasted almonds at my local Christmas market. There is just so many great things to do before Christmas Eve – from iceskating, drinking mulled wine, doing Christmas shopping and building a snowman to decorating the tree, making biscuits and writing Christmas cards. Very old fashioned but I love it. Oh and let’s not forget buying an advent calendar – if you haven’t done that already, go do it now, you still got a few days! Anyway, whilst I was brainstorming Christmas post ideas I thought that I would rewrite last year’s post with a little twist – this year, I’m trying to come up with 24 rather unusual things to do this Christmas. In other words, no rambling on about mulled wine and roasted almonds. I hope that this post will give you some inspiration and will make you even more excited for Christmas than you already are.

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  1. Make your own Christmas decoration. We did that every year when I was little and it was always a lot of fun – I loved making little stars out of golden or silver foil or paper. They are perfect for sticking them to window or hanging them on a Christmas tree.
  2. Get your family or your friends a chocolate Santa Claus on the first of December. We had a tradition in school where we could secretly order a chocolate Santa Claus for our friends – a bit like Valentine’s day but with chocolate instead of roses. This tradition is too cute to be forgotten.
  3. Listen to a Christmas radio station. Yes, that actually exists – there are radio stations that play nothing but Christmas songs throughout the entire year and I have to admit that I sometimes put them on in August. But if you’re not that obsessed with Christmas, now would be the suitable time to check them out!
  4. Make an apple cinnamon crumble. Because it tastes absolutely amazing.
  5. Go to a Christmas market in a castle or in a forest. I went to a Christmas market in the woods two years ago and had a truly magical experience – there were countless Christmas stalls, the food was too good and you could sit around the bonfire listening to Christmas stories.
  6. Speaking of listening to stories – why not have a family Christmas night. You could sit together and read fairy tales, Christmas stories from your childhood or Christmas poems. There really is no limitation to your creativity. You could also sing Christmas carols together – we do this a lot even though none of us can sing.
  7. Go see a school play. These are incredibly cute and you’re also making the actors and actresses really happy.
  8. Have an early Christmas dinner with your friends. Me and my friends from uni are doing that this year and saying that I’m excited is an understatement. What is better than a) celebrating Christmas with your friends and b) celebrating it twice)
  9. Have a Christmas slumber party with your friends. Get together and enjoy a Christmas movie marathon or a pampering night with all the christmassy Lush products that you can find – or just combine the two.
  10. Knit a scarf. I got zero skills in that area but I love the idea of making your own clothes.
  11. Go on a road trip. There is no better time to explore cities nearby or to even leave the country for a day. So pack the car, bring some biscuits and hot chocolate and go on an adventure.
  12. Speaking of Christmas biscuits – why not do something good for the environment and the animals and bake some vegan cookies this year. I promise you they taste just as good.
  13. Do Christmas in a shoebox. By packing boxes full of presents for children in need, you can make someone’s Christmas truly special. You could also donate toys to your local kindergarten or school.
  14. Whilst we are speaking of donations – Christmas is about spreading love and another way to do this is by donating to a charity or an organisation. Every single bit counts and together we can make a huge difference.
  15. Make an advent calendar for a family member or a friend. This doesn’t have to include buying 24 presents, you could also put 24 quotes or Christmas poems in a jar.
  16. If you aren’t a fan of DIY you could also buy your friend one of these Christmas advent calendar cards – they are really cute and very affordable.
  17. Wander. Get a peppermint hot chocolate and instead of sitting inside, just have a stroll, look at all the pretty lights and get into the Christmas spirit. Like I said, Christmas is the best time of the year to explore a new place or to discover hidden corners in the city you call home.
  18. Spend a day with your grandparents. Sit together and talk about the good old times when you were little and wrote letters to Santa Claus. Talk about how exciting it was when he finally responded.
  19. Go sledging. We did that every year when I was a kid and I’d love to do it again. Just see if there is a good place to go sledging and you might combine this idea with a road trip.
  20. Text all of your friends to remind them how important they are to you. Christmas is the perfect time to get back in touch with old friends.
  21. Give money to a street musician. Some people who play in tube stations (or at other locations) are incredibly talented and their music often makes me day – I think it’s about time to give back to them.
  22. Buy a hideous jumper. Oh, and make it a competition. Alternatively, you could buy matching Christmas jumpers, this is as christmassy as it can get. And maybe a bit basic, but that’s alright.
  23. Get your best friend a Christmas teddy. I am the first to admit that I love Christmas teddies and I think that’s a very cute present, no matter what age a person is. I saw the cutest Christmas teddy at Harrods a few days ago and I think I’ll have to go back to get him.
  24. Write a post about things to do this Christmas. Not that unusual I have to admit but I’d love to hear your ideas. Christmas is my favourite season and I can use all the inspiration I can get.

What are your favourite things to do during Christmas season? xx