A Four Shires A-Z of Christmas
A – Advent calendar
Traditionally in the run up to Christmas, children will open one door a day until the 25th December. This will help them to channel their excitement on the build up to Christmas. If you are after something a little different then why not visit Sulgrave where they have taken the idea of the advent calendar to the next level. 24 villagers will decorate one of their windows and each evening to curtains will be opened to reveal a wonderful Christmas display.
B – Buy Local
When buying your Christmas presents why not take a trip to your local highstreets? Here you will find many quirky and unusual shops that will offer you gift ideas for every member of your family whilst helping these wonderful shops stay open.
C – Crafty Christmas
Create your own crackers, prepare your own paper chain and craft your own cards. Christmas is the ideal chance to sit down, with or without your children, to create some fabulous Christmas crafts.
D – De-clutter
Before your children welcome new toys and gifts on the 25th why not sort through those that you already have? As long as they are in good condition you can take them to your local charity shop or find a local Christmas toy appeal that will benefit greatly from them.
E – Entertainment
Pantomimes abound this month across the Four Shires. Most towns and even some villages will offer a wonderful festive pantomime to enjoy. If pantomimes are not your thing then why not see what else is appearing at your local theatre throughout December. There is certain to be something for everyone.
F – Family and Friends
The real meaning of Christmas has to be spending time with those closest to you. Make sure that you take some time out this month to enjoy a few special moments with the people that mean the most to you.
G – Garden Centres
A trip to your local garden centre this festive season will offer you everything you need for decorating your home. Trees will be available in there plenty as will festive plants and flowers and probably the odd bauble or two also.
H – Ho Ho Ho
Visiting Father Christmas in December is a tradition that many families enjoy taking their children too. Santa Claus will be stopping at many local places during the month see pages 32-33 for full details.
I – Ice Skating
Whether we are lucky enough to see snow or not this Christmas there will still be the opportunity to visit many local ice rinks that ‘pop up’ around the areas this month.
J – Jingle Bells
Listen out for them!
K – Kindness
Whether you just pop a little extra money in the charity tin or decide to help out at your local soup kitchen, why not spend a few hours doing something selfless this Christmas time?
L – Laughter
And may there be lots of it!
M – Music
Whether Christmas carols are your thing or Christmas pop music bounces around you head on repeat why not take in some local musical cheer. Many churches will hold their own carol services and pubs and restaurants will likely have local entertainment on during the ‘party season’.
N – Nibbles
Don’t forget to prepare your Christmas nibbles in advance. This will save a little of the rush and stress come Christmas morning. If you are looking for some inspiration then see pages 46-47 of this month’s magazine.
O –Open Fire
Why not try roasting your chestnuts on it?
P – Presents
Don’t forget to wrap your Christmas presents in good time. If you are super organised you may wish to wrap them as you buy them! If not then by taking a few presents at a time you will ensure that you don’t find yourself too overwhelmed.
Q – Queen’s Speech
Many families enjoy watching the Queen’s speech on Christmas afternoon.
R – Reindeer
These animals, synonymous with pulling Father Christmas’ sleigh on Christmas Eve can be seen locally throughout December. Many will appear at Christmas grottos throughout the Four Shires. Don’t forget that all that flying will make Rudolph hungry so why not let your leave a carrot for Rudolph as well as a mince pie for Santa on the 24th!
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T – Trim your tree and deck your halls
Bringing the festive cheer into your home will never fail to disappoint. A beautifully decorated tree, perfectly placed garland and a wreath hanging from your door will herald in the season.
U – Unwrapping
If you have small children then the morning of the 25th will be a mass of wrapping paper and packaging. To help you remember who has given your children what, make sure you have a list in advance that you can quickly take note on.
V – Visitors
Many of us will look forward to welcoming visitors to our homes over the festive period. Enjoy these moments and try not to stress yourself too much over these visits as it is important to remember that they are visiting to see you not your home!
W – Wassail
Wassail is a beverage of hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.
We are sure someone will recieve one!
Y – Yule
Soon after Christmas we will wave bye bye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with all the new prospects it brings.
Z – ZZZZZZZZZZ
Time for a Christmas Snooze