Christmas is about getting together with those we love and following our family traditions year in, year out. For most of us that means staying home and snuggling up in front of the TV, or enjoying a board game with the whole family – all with an ample supply of food and drink!
Here’s ten ingredients that make up my perfect Christmas…
Fun and games
Every Christmas we have so much fun bringing out the Monopoly board and other traditional family games. And every year I question why we don’t play games as a family more often throughout the rest of the year and vouch that we will. Of course we don’t.
There’s just something about the spirit of Christmas that allows everyone to let their hair down and be a big kid again – away from the pressures and strains of every day life.
Those evenings spent playing games with the family are definitely some of my favourite and most memorable.
Candles and fairy lights
Nothing sets the mood and says Christmas quite like candles do. I also seem to collect more fairy lights with every passing year and I really don’t mind the shorter daylight hours when my house feels this welcoming. Batter-powered LED bulbs and replica flames are perfect when you have little ones around, but still want to go all-out Hygge.
Sweet treats and popcorn
Having an endless supply of sweet treats to indulge in is an absolute must at this time of year. My mum has always had bowls of chocolates around the house for Christmas – a tradition I’m definitely continuing as we host this year.
I’ve recently become a bit of a fan of having popcorn at home – something I used to only associate with going to the cinema. But it really is the best treat for a Saturday night in front of the TV, and we’re loving the huge variety of flavours that Butterkist have created. We were recently sent a box full of Butterkist goodies to try – From Salted Caramel to Choc Mallow, they’re all so moreish!
All the food
Of course, as well as sweet treats on tap, it’s completely necessary to have a well-stocked fridge that will keep stomachs full over Christmas. As well as the Christmas dinner, you’ll want to think about what to eat on Christmas Eve and stock up on those all-important breakfast ingredients. I also love to have a hefty selection of ‘nibbles’ to took into, from mediterranean platters to cheese boards – it’s completely okay to be a little gluttonous at this time of year!
I popped into our local Aldi store yesterday and I have to say they have a very tempting selection of festive foods – I had to really restrain myself from buying the entire range! But I am a bit of an Aldi fan…
A festive fireplace
We started our home renovations this month with the lounge and the main project was a new fireplace. In our previous living room we installed a log burner – and I have to admit it doesn’t get much better than that for creating that festive vibe…
But we did find it quite high maintenance and have opted for electric this time around, encased in a three sided glass surround. To say that we’re in love is an understatement! (Although I am a little envious of all those pretty mantel pieces that our Christmas stockings are crying out for!)
If you don’t have a fireplace, create a focal point in the room with a cluster of pillar candles or fairy lights instead.
Slippers and pjs
Not leaving the house for days on end is just the excuse you need to lazy around in your pyjamas and snuggle up in front of the TV with your favourite blanket.
A good box set
We are box set addicts in our house and love nothing more than getting into a good series. Some of our favourites from 2017 have been Narcos, Ozark and Mindhunter. We haven’t binge watched for a while, but I’m looking forward to being able to do this over Christmas – sweet treats on tap of course!
At three years old, our daughter is now at that stage where she’ll happily cuddle up on the sofa and watch a film. We recently took her to the cinema to watch Paddington 2, which she adored and Disney’s Frozen still plays on our TV on a weekly basis. The kids can get a little worn out with all of the excitement of Christmas and this is the perfect way for them to take some time out and unwind – allowing you to relax for a couple of hours too!
Music is a must if you’re hosting and I always find that creating your playlists in advance saves you a lot of time and effort further down the line – when you want to be socialising and not choosing music to suitably set the mood! As well as Christmas Hits, I’ll also be creating a party playlist and one with more chilled out sounds for when it all gets a little too much!
And most importantly…
Friends and family
This one goes without saying!
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