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There’s nothing worse than panic buying and purchasing presents for the sake of it to make your Christmas feel like a chore rather than the magical experience it should be. That’s why I like to be prepared early so I can sit back and enjoy the festive season once it arrives. So here’s my little list of 5 things you can do now to make your Christmas even more magical than usual and you can enjoy it along with your family, rather than feel you’re rushing about trying to make it nice for everyone else!
1. Book your festive theatre trips now
Last year I took James to see The Snowman Live at Hull City Hall. It was such a magical experience! The live orchestra played the music along with a big screen showing The Snowman Movie. The “real” Snowman even made an appearance and walked about the audience at the interval!! James was mesmerised and at only 1 year old he sat through the entire performance. It was a wonderful experience to share with him and really built up my excitement for a Christmas with my growing family.
Here’s a taster of what to expect!
If you’d like to book your own tickets to see The Snowman Live 2017 click this link to find your nearest participating theatre http://www.carrotproductions.com/tour-dates.html and get your own little Snowman to take along with you from this link.
If you would like to join me and the ThriftyBoys in seeing this year’s The Snowman live Tour, we’ll be at the Hull City Hall on 30th December 2017 for another magical family outing. We’d love to see you there! (apologies for the poor quality of the photo – it was an old phone and zero natural light!)
2. Book a Christmas craft course now
Making your own Christmas wreath or table centre piece is a great way to build up your excitement for the festive season. Make sure the course or session is early on enough so you can get the most out of your creation. I had a wonderful time on a course where I made my own Christmas wreath last year. I’m looking to do something similar this year too. Great places to check are your local libraries or councils for short course. Christmas card making is a very popular one but again, you need to organise this early enough so you can get them sent in the post to family and friends.
3. Start spreading the cost of gifts.
The one thing which is bound to tarnish the magic of Christmas is any financial concerns. Join our Thrifty and Frugal Christmas Facebook group to pick up tips, tricks and discounts to ensure your Christmas is all about the magic without getting into debt.
4. Order your personalised gifts early.
There’s nothing more special than receiving a personalised gift and I love sending them too. It really says that the sender has given real thought to the participant. Etsy is an amazing marketplace for personalised gifts and you know that you’re supporting small businesses in the process. Due to this being run by small businesses and sole traders, the customer service you get is excellent too! One of my favourite and most used personalised gifts was this mug given to me by my husband from Emma Bridgewater. If you use my referral link you can also pick up a FREE polkadot mug for yourself with your first order!
5. Book a Christmas Market Trip
National Holidays have some wonderful trips to Christmas markets which are not only magical places to get into the Christmas spirit but you can pick up some bargains gifts too!
Embrace the spirit of Christmas with traditional wooden stalls selling everything from seasonal gifts, handcrafted toys, festive decorations, speciality foods and traditional delicacies, such as gingerbread, roasted chestnuts and delicious mulled wine.
From the delightful Grassington Dickensian Fayre, to the wonderfully German themed Leeds Christmas Market, most cities in Britain now hold annual Christmas fairs. It’s the ideal time to do some Christmas shopping for family and friends, from bustling Manchester Christmas markets to the elegant beauty of Bath, and the vibrant markets of Derby to stunning Chatsworth House festooned with decorations and sparkling lights, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
There are also festive fun fairs, street theatre, the rousing sound of carol singers and beautiful Christmas trees, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. It’s not difficult to get into the mood for Christmas!
If you fancy something further afield then don’t miss our hugely popular European Christmas market holidays to many fantastic cities including Brussels, Bruges, Paris and Cologne. Beautiful buildings adorned with festive decorations, unique European gifts, tasty local foods and a charming continental atmosphere will make this a truly memorable break.
*Disclosure – this post was written in collaboration with The Snowman Live Tour 2017 and contains affiliate links.