While it might still seem like a long time until the end of the year, Christmas is sneaking up on us, as it does every year! The holiday season is an enjoyable time; it generally means taking time off work, catching up with loved ones and exchanging gifts. The greatest part of Christmas is the food and post-dinner dessert indulgence. With plenty of fine and gourmet food wholesalers supplying a range of festive delights such as puddings, cakes and Christmas cookies.
But if the idea of all this isn’t getting you into a Christmas mood, grab some cookies and let us help you light up the Christmas festivity all around you with the following ideas:
We mentioned how delicious food associated with Christmas is. As well as the pork and possibly turkey that many families enjoy on Christmas day, there is a host of dessert-type foods to give you some Christmas cheer. Traditional Christmas or plum puddings make a great dessert any time of year, but especially so throughout the festive season. That’s why it’s well worth popping down to the supermarket or just ordering online with Stephen’s Fine Foods and treating yourself.
Christmas is that time of the year when you gather around the family to spend quality time by rolling out dough and baking cookies together. But there’s a reason why gingerbread making has been an iconic Christmas item at dinner. It’s super fun to give the gingerbread house a structure, to add the shapes and edges, to decorate it with icing, edible colours and candies - almost like building a miniature house of your own!
There is no shortage of Christmas-themed movies, and sitting down with one in the lead up to the big day is a great way to get into the right mind-set. You have a huge choice of classic films to choose from appropriate for all ages. Some of our personal favourites include Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. You’ll notice a lot of these are shown on television around Christmas for good reason.
Don’t wait too long to put up the Christmas tree in your living room, as it can be a great help in getting you and your family excited for 25 December. For one thing, decorating your Christmas tree together, especially with young children is a special moment that you won’t soon forget. Having the decorated tree always there creates a certain atmosphere. This is especially the case with the smell of pine throughout the house, something we all associate with the holidays for this reason. You can also put presents under the tree throughout the month of December, which fuels a bit of excitement for all.
When it comes to exchanging gifts for Christmas, crafted gifts with handwritten messages are the best kind of presents there is. Throw all of your family members’ names in a hat and let them pick a recipient randomly.
Once you receive your own gift recipient’s name, start making gifts; it could be silly, it could be edible, or it could be something they’re in need of. Sometimes heartwarming, sometimes a little goofy, exchanging a gift made with your own hands is enough to make the recipient’s day! Just remember: no switching allowed! Aside from DYI, you can also make personalised, edible dessert gifts from good gourmet wholesalers as well.
Making delicious eggnog at home and drinking with your closest friends or family is one of the favourite traditions there is. Typically, eggnog is made with whisked egg, sugar, milk, whipped cream, mixed spices and liqueur. You can also add a bit of your favourite cocktail to stir up the celebration.
Music is an experience that we associate closely with times and events. That’s why for many of us, hearing holiday carols bring to mind Christmases past and the good times we had. You’ve likely been listening to some of these numbers since you were a child, so they’re sure to bring out a little excitement for Christmas day. As well as Christmas carols, there are a number of popular artists’ hits that are well worth popping on over the holidays, including White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and All I Want for Christmas is You.
There are many people that don’t need any help getting into the Christmas spirit and will go all out to decorate their house with Christmas lights as soon as December comes. Your city may also have its share of decorations. So why not take a walk or a drive around and check out the great Christmas displays that sure to fill you with giddy excitement.
Scavenger hunting brings classic Christmas joy for all ages in the family. A scavenger hunt is a great way to host a friendly game on Christmas Eve. You can collect a variety of plastic elves and reindeer, or riddles and clues in rhymes, and hide them all around the house, giving all the family members the opportunity to find the clues and give the right answers.
At the end of the hunt, all family members open the Christmas presents they are allowed to open based on their scavenger hunting results. Later on, the presents are shared with the family all together.
The symbolism of Christmas wreaths and candles are directly tied to the Christmas tradition. You can have a great time crafting your own personalised Christmas wreath with various evergreens, assortments of leaves, flowers and twigs.
Ugly sweater parties have become a ubiquitous part of the season of Christmas! There’s literally a no better way to make the best out of family time than picking the tackiest, the 80s inspired, comical knitted jumpers on Black Friday and laughing about the funniest and ugliest jumpers at the party!
As December approaches, keep our list of must-try “Christmas things” in mind to make this Christmas as fun and memorable as ever - in the most traditional way! It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for Christmas.
And if you’re looking for a great range of gourmet Christmas puddings, cakes, biscuits and delicious edible gift hampers for your loved ones, we’ve got you covered. Feel free to browse our range of freshly made gourmet treats online today.
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