This is the best time of year to make the most of precious family time spent together and we have put together our guide to five festive activities that you can all enjoy.
Although it may be tempting to snuggle in bed with your latest copy of the Broons and a box of your favourite chocolates at Christmas, it is important to spend quality time with your loved ones. Christmas only happens once a year so it is a good idea to try and make the most of it. No matter what your budget, young or old, these family activities should really get you in the mood for some festive cheer.
It may not be an innovative choice but it’s a classic one and perfect for the whole family. Dust down the old board games, such as Pictionary or Trivial Pursuit and test your wits against each other. If this is just too old-hat and particularly if you have younger children, you may want to exchange the traditional games for something more current, such as the PlayStation or Wii. Make sure you don’t choose one-player games though, as they defeat the purpose. Popular racing titles such as Gran Turismo or Mario Kart, will be sure to bring some fun into the day. Sing Star, Just Dance and Wii Sports are also excellent choices for some friendly competitiveness, although if you have a particularly tone deaf auntie, it might be better to give Sing Star a miss!
What better way to enjoy Christmas than to dish out the popcorn and settle down with the family for a full day of movies. All the classic favourites, such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf and Home Alone are ideal to watch over the Christmas break. Wrap up in onesies and duvets for the perfect way to relax with the whole family.
Baking is good family fun that everyone can get involved in and it is a way to spend time together while making something tasty in the process. Keep the yuletide theme going, with gingerbread, Christmas cookies or Scottish shortbread, which everyone will be sure to enjoy. Home-baked goodies also make the perfect gift and will be appreciated more than shop bought treats. See page 17 for a recipe to make Scottish shortbread.
There’s nothing more festive than looking at Christmas lights and you can be sure the family will love taking a wander and checking out what the neighbours have on show. You could also take a stroll into town for a look at the spectacular City Centre lights which were switched on by Santa himself at the annual Christmas Light Night, which took place on the 14th November.
The true meaning of Christmas gets lost at times, as we scramble around shops trying to find the biggest and best presents for our loved ones. As nice a gesture as this is, there are other ways you can show kindness at Christmas and set a good example for your children, if you have any. Visit neighbours, especially any that are elderly or alone, after all, it is the season of goodwill. You never know, you might make someone’s day!