How to still have an awesome Christmas, even though this year totally sucked!

This impossible year has nearly come to an end. And even though this Christmas will be very different to what we are used to, it doesn't have to suck.

Here are some ideas that we will be doing in our house this year. Enjoy!

1. Scavenger Hunt

Rather than rushing through the present opening like we normally do, we are going to do a scavenger hunt. We are going to leave clues around the house for the kids to find their presents. We normally do this on their birthdays and they LOVE it.

2. Decorate gingerbread

We usually decorate a pre-bought gingerbread house with icing and sweets, but this year we thought we would bake and assemble our own house, and make little gingerbread people too. I may regret this when the house starts falling apart and the kids just want to eat the sweets rather than decorate it, but we are going to give it a go. My baking skills are rubbish, so wish us luck.

3. Christmas dinner with a twist

Our kids have never enjoyed the traditional Christmas dinner, so it seems such a waste of food and time to cook it this year when there will only be the 4 of us. So this year we have decided that we will all have our favourite dish for dinner. It may involve cooking 4 different dinners but it will be far easier than cooking a 3 course dinner for 12 people. And I don't have to wash up. Yay! That's hubbies job on Christmas day. Result!

4. Design our own board game

Rather than playing the usual Monopoly, Cluedo and charades, this year we thought we would design and make our own board game. We are all going to come up with ideas on what we are going to make, design and make the pieces, money, dice etc. My daughter has been doing something similar at school for her business studies project, and she had some really great ideas.

5. Facetime calls with family

This year we will be using Facetime to call our loved ones over the festive period. The kids can show their friends what they got for Christmas, chat with family members and play some games. We may even host our own quiz night.

6. Mocktail mixing

My husband and I don't drink alcohol, but we do enjoy alcohol free beer and cider. So this year we thought we could get the kids involved and make our own mocktails. I have found some great recipes on Pinterest that look delicious, and really easy to make. I may even try and get hold of some small tacky umbrellas to finish them off.

7. Family Christmas walk

We are going to take advantage of not being chained to the kitchen all day by going on a chilly Christmas walk. It will be nice to get out and get some crisp fresh air before we have our dinner. My daughter has got a new skateboard for Christmas (shhh don't tell her) so I am sure she will want to take it out for a whirl.

I hope this has given you some ideas that you can do with your own families. Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and new year, and I will see you in 2021.

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