As the season to be jolly draws nearer, we thought it would be useful to provide some inspiration for new traditions to try.
Who knows, they might just be your new found favourites.
- Cuddle up outside under blankets and a roaring fire outside enjoying a hot cup of mulled wine with gingersnaps biscuits. Try putting raisins and almonds in the mulled wine.
- Bake and build a ginger bread house decorated with icing sugar. Whilst your making the dough for the house, do some squares in the size of an A4, bake and use as tablets for a family drawing competition using differently coloured icing sugar in spritzing cones.
- Writing rhymes for all presents is a great way of engaging your whole family in guessing what might be inside the presents. With varying degree of creative flair, it provides a lot of laughter…
- Christmas jumpers, tee shirts or even better both! Find the most outrageously silly ones for the whole family and wear every day throughout Christmas.
- The Christmas Walk….It’s an absolute tradition in my family, I simply cannot remember ever not doing it. After several glasses of fizz and a sloe gin off we go regardless of the weather…
- Sloe gin, I have been making it for years! 450g sloes, 225g caster sugar, 1 litre off gin is all you need.
- Prick sloes all over with a clean needle and then place into a large sterilised jar.
- Pour in the sugar and the gin, seal tightly and shake well.
- Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months.
- Strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.
- Make more than you need and keep a ‘matured’ bottle for next year!
- On the 1st of December we always go to my wife’s old primary school family run farm to buy the biggest tree that we can fit in the house. Normally we have to chop a few inches off the top to get the star on! Now we have kids we always go in our van and the car as we can’t all fit in together…
- On the night before Christmas we gather a full production line of family to create homemade sausage rolls, scotch eggs, parmesan and ham pastry twists to munch on Christmas Day whilst the cooking is being done, they are delicious!
- Christmas Day / Boxing Day quiz. You pull a number out of a hat and if you get the question right you get that prize, simple! All the of the presents are laid out on the floor with the numbers on and part of the fun is trying to guess what they are. It’s even funnier when somebody is really hoping to get a particular number and it turns out to be something completely useless to them. At the end there is always a mad dash to change prizes with everyone else to swap and get the things you would’ve liked.
We hope this has provided you with some inspiration for trying new things this Christmas. For additional fun, there is always our Christmas games to try on this page.