Christmas is a time for celebration and love and there is no better way to celebrate the festive season than with close family and friends. We at Savewallets have thought of 5 great ideas to make this Christmas extra special by engaging in fun, inexpensive activities with your loved ones and creating memories to cherish forever.
1. Perform a family play
While there are many Christmas shows in London from pantomimes to family shows the experience of the whole family working together to perform a play or a musical in the local church or just for your friends is magical. Choose a play with a cast size of your choice or those that are especially meant for your kids or even plays based on a particular theme. Unleash your family’s creativity this year and have loads of fun as your family memorises dialogues, arranges for special costumes and sets to perform a grand Christmas play.
2. Create a Memory book with family photos
The average millennial could take up to about 25,700 selfies in his or her lifetime and the average parent is adding 250-300 new photos and videos per month. Time to use those pictures and selfies to create a personalised memory book for the family! Order a personalised memory book from Notonthehighstreet or Amazon. Gather the entire family and vote for the most memorable pictures and see which ones deserve a place of fame in the family memory book this year.
3. Help those who are less fortunate
Christmas is the season for charitable giving. A small gesture from your family can bring a big smile on those who are less fortunate. Visit one of the London Winter Shelters and share some hot food with the residents or invite home an elderly person who lives alone over for a special dinner. Share surplus food (which there are plenty of in Christmas parties) and volunteer with Foodcycle to serve isolated communities and low-income families in the UK. Here are some more great ideas to help those in need this Christmas.
If you are living in the US we have provided you with a guide of organisations that serve underprivileged families in the US and abroad. The guide shares shares how you can donate to families in need through adopt-a-family programs, toy drives, and even unused credit card rewards. No matter what you choose to do you will gift joy to those who need it the most and enjoy moments of gratitude and fulfillment as a family.
4. Christmas movie night
Gather your friends and family and host a Christmas movie night in your living room or even on the terrace if you don’t mind the cold. Get cosy under blankets, get some popcorn, cookies, mince pies, cheesecake, nachos and your favourite snacks for a special movie night. Let’s get you started on your plans to host the perfect movie night with the top 100 Christmas movies of all-time and another list for the kids.
5. Go ice skating
While your dreams for a White Christmas may not come true in London you can definitely go ice skating or book an ice dancing session for the family. TimeOut has come up with a comprehensive list of the best ice skating rinks in London that you can visit this Christmas. Here are some ice skating tips for toddlers and beginners. Get a good pair of skates and you are ready to go!
What Christmas activity did you enjoy the most this year? We would love to hear about any special experiences that you shared with your family this year which made Christmas 2017 even merrier!