Five tips for a great Christmas
As the old saying goes "Christmas comes but once a year" and it is a time that is an annual highlight for all the family. Steeped in traditions that are both national and personal, Christmas time has so many little aspects that all come together it sometimes makes it hard to remember all of them.
So to help you make the most of the small touches that can help make for a great big celebration, here are five tips that can create the perfect scenario, all of which are easily available to buy from homeware stores such as Lakeland.
It might seem obvious but Christmas decorations play a huge role in setting the mood. Part of the trick is in choosing just when the right time to put your decorations up is. We all know that feeling of the summer having just finished and walking into a shop that has festive decorations up at the end of September – it just doesn't feel right.
Traditionally, the decorations should go up around the start of Advent, some four weeks or so before Christmas Day. Other countries have many different traditions, some leaving decorating their homes to the very last minute.
There are some wonderful pre-prepared hampers available that make both perfect gifts and also provide an assortment of treats for the family. Traditionally a Christmas hamper is packed full of things that you wouldn't otherwise buy at most times of the year, which is one of the things that helps make the festive season so special.
An Advent Calendar is originally a part of the Christian tradition of Christmas which marks the days of Advent counting down towards Christmas Day itself. The old style calendar has little 'windows' that are opened one each day and which display a scene from the Nativity story.
Today you can buy many different types of Advent Calendar, themed in various ways. Whichever one you choose it can help build the day by day excitement for children as it leads up to the big day.
Of course food plays a huge part in the festivities and it isn't all just about a big roast dinner. Christmas Pudding is something that is really unique to Christmas and has a whole wealth of traditions attached to it. In the past many would make their pudding some months in advance, with each member of the family taking turns to stir the mixture with a big wooden spoon whilst making a wish.
Although traditions such as this have all but died out due to most people buying a pre made pudding instead of making their own, the practices of putting a silver coin into the pudding and also setting fire to it by igniting brandy poured over it still continued in many households.
Of course no true traditional Christmas can be complete without some form of Christmas tree as a centre point to the decorations. Although it is a Scandinavian tradition it has long been a part of the British Christmas and today you can find a range of options to suit everyone. From huge ‘statement’ trees to ‘living trees’ in pots with their roots attached right through to the most glittery fake imitation trees for that kitsch factor.