We all like a good excuse for a celebration. This last weekend, I visited Birmingham’s German Christmas Market and 110% fell into the Christmas spirit; which is probably why I’ve decided to go fully festive with this post. With Christmas around the corner, there has never been a better excuse for a festive shindig. Rally together your best friends, spread the Christmas cheer, indulge in some Chrimbo foodie delights, scatter some goodwill around, and have a good old time. Christmas Day is ultimately always quality family time, so why not have another mini-Christmas with your pals? Two Christmases in one year? Count me in.
Visit your local Christmas Market: My local German Christmas Market is in good old Brum. The possibilities at Birmingham’s festive feast of a Christmas market are endless. You can while away the hours stumbling across stall to stall chock-full of traditional German sausages, hand-made chocolates and exquisite jewellery, along with various Christmassy knick-knacks. You can even take a ride on the big wheel, whilst trying not to feel a little bit queasy about how high up you are, or you can try your hand (well, feet) at ice-skating/slipping/falling over. But seriously though, you need to go to a German Market in order to kick in the Christmas spirit. It’s a rite of passage.
Participate in a friendship advent: As soon as Halloween is over it is inevitable that your local Spar is going to start rolling out the Christmas advent calendars. On 1st November, you resist the urge to go in there and rip them all off the shelves in an ‘it’s only November’ rage, but by now the temptation to go in there and buy a load with your friends asap is very hard to resist. Ultimately, you guys aren’t going to see each other every day- and it would be wrong to eat the chocolate without you all being in each other’s presence. So, what if a few days of advent have passed and you’re only just finding the time to meet up? It means all the more chocolate on one day to indulge in. Winner.
Festify your lives with some DIY Christmas decs: There is literally nothing better than a snow-flake making, paper-chain creating seshion. And the best thing about it? It costs literally no money. You can then take your masterpieces home and hang them about your room in all their glory.
Whack our your Christmas jumper: No one likes a novelty more than at Christmas time. The more outrageous, tacky and garish the Christmas jumper, the better. Also, a jumper with a Christmas-related pun on it will get all the likes on Instagram.
Watch every single Christmas movie that has ever existed in the lead up to Christmas: I dare you to go onto Google and type in ‘Christmas movies’. You will be greeted with an extensive list of every Christmas film that’s ever been made. Now your job is to work through every single one of them, together as a Chrimbo team, before the big day itself.
Have a group roast dinner: Just think about how cute this will be. You can all chip in together and cook up a storm in the kitchen. One person can be in charge of the veg, another on the meat and another on the roasties- and there won’t be any squabbles throughout this teamwork because the festive season puts everyone in good spirits. Invest in some crackers, drink copious amounts of mulled wine (if you’re legally able to) and I promise that you’ll find every single awful cracker-joke absolutely hilarious.
Take part in a Secret Santa: There are two pros to this method of gift-giving. The first is that the act of putting names in a hat, finding out who you need to buy a gift for and then subsequently having to keep it a secret from them until the exchange of presents is oh so very exciting. The second is that you can set a limit on how much the presents are, which indeed helps if you’re like me and are oh so very skint. Fabulous.
And there you have it. The perfect lil pre-Christmas to enjoy with your pals.