It is all too easy around Christmas time to get sucked into the ever increasing commercial world of Christmas – shelling out money often without thinking about it, as companies jostle to sell you the perfect Christmas. However, if you take a step back from the mad rush, what does a ‘perfect’ Christmas mean to you? For the vast majority of people, it isn’t really about opening a mountain of expensive gifts, or standing in the freezing cold sales queues come Boxing day morning, waiting for the sales to begin. Of course, we all love a few new goodies, but the real spirit and meaning of Christmas is getting more and more difficult to find. So, if you want to make a bit more of your Christmas than gifts and shopping then here are a few ideas to start you off…

Making things – Whether you consider yourself creative or not, making things is so much fun. Get a group of friends together, and if you have children, let them join in and maybe make a gingerbread house or if there are a lot of you, even a gingerbread village! It is great fun to do and even if it all falls apart, you will still have some tasty treats to feast on! If you are craving a bit of peace and goodwill, then how about making your own Christmas cards? People love to receive a card that has had the thought, time and effort of making it put into it, and you might even inspire others to do the same!


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Deck the Halls – Whatever your budget, decorating the home is a really fun activity for all the family. Get everyone involved – it doesn’t have to be perfect – little ones can make paperchains to deck the ceilings with, and you could all go and choose a tree together. If you like real trees, in Northampton real Christmas Trees can be found at Welford Christmas tree farm. It is a great place to visit as a family and really get into the excitement of choosing your tree together, ready for the decorations!


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Magical Experiences – You can’t really do Christmas without Santa! Jolly old Saint Nick is the embodiment of Christmas spirit, and it is such a magical time for children, but also for adults. If you have children, take them to see Santa, or watch some magical Christmas films (The Snowman and Miracle on 34th Street are two of the most magical). If you just want to chill out with your partner, how about an enchanting woodland walk amongst the crisp December forest? Some places even put on light shows in the trees near Christmas time for a really festive touch.