Christmas is special for so many different reasons. It's a chance to catch up with family and put your feet up for a while. In preparation for the big day, use the five steps below to make sure you draw out every drop of Christmas spirit as you spend the 'most wonderful time of the year' with family and friends.
1. Make prep fun
Before Christmas Day, it can be difficult to know where to start with the festive preparation. Just make sure you've got everything stocked that will keep everyone happy. Remember that there's more to Christmas than dinner and presents, so get your prep done early and enjoy your time off.
2. Get crafting your decorations
Children can be difficult to keep entertained. A great way to hold their attention - especially the younger ones - is to keep them preoccupied with arts and crafts. Festive decorations like garlands, wreaths, pom-poms, and even snowflakes might be old fashioned, but some arts and crafts keep them occupied for a few hours.
3. Getting the atmosphere right
Before everyone arrives, make sure everything is just right. Your decorations can really add to the festive mood. Adorn your mantelpieces with traditional stockings and line your rooms with sprigs of fresh holly to make your home so cosy throughout the Christmas period.
4. Don’t just hang around the house
It's easy to spend your days either side of Christmas Day with your feet up, but this is the best time to be getting out and enjoying some festive activities. Why not enjoy a trip to the West End or spend an evening in Soho? Trips out of the city are well worth a visit too, and the brisk winter mornings are great for long walks with family - the winter air will make home feel cosier too.
5. Throw a little party
Christmas is all about celebration and hosting a party is an excellent way of sharing the Christmas spirit. Invite friends and family to spend Christmas Eve with you. Mince pies and mulled wine are a great place to start, but canapés and bucks fizz really spread the merriment as Christmas Day approaches.
6. Host a movie marathon
Christmas wouldn't be complete without non-stop festive films. From Elf to the Grinch or Love Actually, a movie marathon is a great way to get everyone revelling in the Christmas spirit.