We’ve all got our own Christmas traditions, but why not try something new this year?
Christmas traditions are wonderful, aren’t they? The tree, the mince pies, the hangover. But sometimes it’s nice to try something different or to revive the old favourites.
Below are a few ideas you can try, but feel free to let us know of any others in the comments section!
An Advent Calendar With a Twist: We’ve all made our way through the 24 windows of an Advent calendar and eaten that extra piece of chocolate we really did not need; but I’ve recently seen an Advent calendar that made my jaw drop – and it can make an amazing present. On a piece of wood, engrave the numbers 1 to 28 (that’s how long an Advent calendar can be, depending on the way the days fall), and screw in 28 hanging rings. Tie pieces of string to each of the rings (25 this year!) and attach little, wrapped gifts to them. These can be CDs, hand-made items, a ‘voucher’ to go for coffee together. It’s quite a bit of work, but the base will last a lifetime and the fun will be great!
Make Mulled Cider: We’re all familiar with mulled wine, but why not try making mulled cider this year? All you’ll need are 2 litres of dry cider, cinnamon sticks, all spice berries, cloves, fresh apples, the zest of an orange and – my favourite ingredient by far – dark rum. Combine them all in a large saucepan and watch as it turns into an amazing brew!
Get Yourself A Crib: Walking down the main street of Hamrun, I stumbled upon a shop that sells model figures for the crib. I stepped inside and a whole lot of memories came rushing back … Out of all of the Christmas traditions, it is seeing cribs in people’s houses that I miss the most. So, if you don’t have a crib, why not go out and get yourself one? It’s as much fun to go round buying pasturi as it is to set it up!
Christmas Caroling: Mariah Carey and Britney Spears may have had some very big Christmas hits over the past 15 years, but nothing beats the good old British and Maltese Christmas carols! Oh, come, all ye faithful and put together a nice, traditional playlist to blast while trimming your tree or crafting your crib!
Go To Midnight Mass: Whether you’re uber religious or not, midnight mass is an experience. There is a sense of solemn beauty and peacefulness that just makes the Christmas spirit come to life. So, this year, if you’re unsure about what to do on Christmas Eve, why not give it a shot? You might be as surprised as I was by how much fun it can be.
Are there any other things you think other people should try this festive season? Let us know!