Sound the alarm, because there are less than 2 weeks until Christmas Day and we don't know about you, but in the Select HQ we're running around panicking about how we don't feel Christmassy yet because we still haven't made it to Winter Wonderland or got around to watching the Home Alone boxset! The funnest part of Christmas is the build up after all, so with very little build up left, now's the time to run around doing all the traditional Christmas activities and visiting all the Christmas places that are guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and Christmassy inside.
We're talking mulled wine fuelled trips to a Christmas market, Christmas baking with your girls and last minute Christmas present shopping for the fam. The beauty of Christmas is that it makes us forget about how cold, dark and dreery winter really is and instead leaves us wishing for snow and opting for cosy nights in instead. We all have our Christmas traditions of things we do during the month of December to get us excited for the big day, so work your way through the 'Ultimate Christmas Bucket List' now and we promise that come December 25th, you'll be feeling more Christmassy than ever before...
1. GO TO A CHRISTMAS MARKET
A trip to a Christmas market is the perfect Christmas day out for getting you in the festive spirit, so block a day out in your diary this December and make a trip to your local Christmas market or head to a different city for the day, and we promise you'll be feeling all Christmassy in no time. There's just something so special about that dreamy combination of mulled wine bubbling and the smell of chestnuts filling the air, so wrap up warm and eat and drink your way around Christmas heaven this month.
2. GET YOUR BAKE ON
There's no better time to test our your baking skills than at Christmas time, so invite a few of the girls over one Sunday and get creative with some festive Christmas baking. Whether you go for some cute festive cookies or traditional mince pies, they're sure to be a winner with the family, so get your Mary Berry on and bake away this December.
3. INVITE THE GIRLS OVER FOR SOME MULLED WINE
Is it even Christmas until you've had a mug of mulled wine? No it is not. This yummy Christmas tradition is what we look forward to all year round, so invite the squad round for
4. DRIVE AROUND AND SEE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
If you can't brave the crowds of Winter Wonderland or Kew Gardens this December, then see the Christmas lights the old fashioned way and hop in your car and drive around your neighbourhood instead. Have a nosey at what your neighbourhood's houses have to offer and be the judge of your own Christmas lights competition.
5. GIVE BACK
Christmas is about giving back, so do some research and get into the Christmas spirit this December by helping out those less fortunate than yourselves. Whether you help out at a soup kitchen, donate to a food bank, or organise a shoe box round up, there are many ways you can give back this Christmas, so spread a little Christmas love and you'll be left feeling all warm inside.
6. GO ICE SKATING
It's not Christmas until you've made a fool out of yourself on an outdoor ice rink...Whether you're a pro or a human Bambi on ice, then you're guaranteed to have a laugh irregardless, so round the troops up and head down to your nearest ice rink this December for a cold but fun Christmas activitity that you're definitely going to want to remember to bring the camera for!
7. BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Get creative this Christmas and decorate your own gingerbread house. With kits available in pretty much every supermarket and tonnes of gingerbread house inspo on Pinterest, it's never been easier to get on board this yummy Xmas activity this December.
8. HAVE A CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON
The beauty of December is that there's little to do inbetween the Christmas parties as it's so cold, so this makes for the perfect excuse to binge-watch all the Christmas movie classics. We're talking Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually and The Holiday, so check out the top 10 Christmas movies to watch edit now and work your way through this Christmas classics this December.
9. GO FOR A COUNTRY WALK
Make a conscious effort to put your iPhone down this December and spend some time in the great outdoors instead. There's nothing like a cold winter's walk followed by a rather large hot chocolate to get you feeling all Christmassy, so if you're struggling to find things to do during Christmas, then step away from a screen and embrace nature by going on a long country walk.
10. GO CHRISTMAS PRESENT SHOPPING
The thought of actually venturing out into shops full of thousands of stressed Christmas shoppers is enough to send the online shoppers amongst us running for the hills, but Christmas present shopping really isn't as bad as you think and can actually be an enjoyable Christmas activity to get you into the Christmas spirit if you do it right. Write your Christmas list beforehand with exactly what you want to buy people on, stick some Christmas music on your phone and head to somewhere Christmassy and make Christmas present buying an enjoyable experience for once this year...
You've got exactly 14 days to work your way through 'The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List', so get cracking and nail the Christmas activities this year...
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