Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones. And whether your 5 or 55, it’s the most wonderful time of the year and a time that family takes centre stage. But it’s hard to keep everyone entertained throughout the festive season, which is why we’ve put together a list of our favourite family activities to enjoy at Christmas time. Special thanks to Laura from The Breastest News, Sam from North East Family Fun, Susan Mann and Katy Stern from Otis & Us for contributing their ideas to our blog!
Bake a Christmas Treat
Christmas is the time to overindulge, and what better way to indulge than with your own homemade goodies? Many families have cherished family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation, and Christmas provides the time to try them out.
But if you don’t have a family recipe, keep it simple with these Jammy Star Cookies from BBC GoodFood. An easy bake that kids will love to get involved in, with minimal ingredients and a relatively quick baking time, you can sit back and relax with a cup of tea and one of your homemade biscuits in under an hour and a half! Plus they are an ideal gift to give to friends and family on Christmas morning, or to enjoy when visitors pop by.
Opt for different shaped biscuits for an extra special festive treat. Christmas tree, snowman, reindeer, candy cane and snowflake are some of our favourites! You could also decorate the top of your biscuits in festive colours.
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Watch a Christmas Movie
There’s nothing like a Christmas film to get you feeling festive! All our family bloggers agree that watching Christmas movies is one of the best family activities to enjoy during the festive season – especially since it’s not weather dependent. Switch the lights off, light the candles, close the curtains and snuggle up together on the sofa with a fluffy blanket and let the Christmas movie marathon begin. The only things missing are movie snacks and everyone’s favourite, hot chocolate! From It’s A Wonderful Life, A Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express to everyone’s favourites Home Alone and Elf, there’s endless movies to choose from! We’ve enlisted help from our bloggers to help you decide on a Christmas classic for all the family to enjoy. Laura from @BreastestNews says The Snowman is a favourite in their household, while Sam and the gang from @NEFamilyFun love watching Christmas Chronicles.
But they all agree that snuggling up with lots of festive treats and watching the magic of Christmas come to life on the big screen is the best way to enjoy indoor family time during December. It’s a classic Christmas tradition for everyone to enjoy!
Decorate the Christmas Tree
For an extra special touch, why not make your own Christmas tree decorations? From decorative pine cones to scented fruit decorations, there are lots of ideas. With relatively inexpensive and easy to find supplies, you can create something magical that can add extra sparkle to your tree and can be used for years to come. Here are some of our favourite Christmas decoration ideas –
Festive Pine Cones
Pine cones tend to fall in autumn and can be found not too far from conifer trees and in conifer dominated woodland. Scotland’s native conifer tree, the Scots Pine can be found throughout Scotland so you shouldn’t have to wander too far from home to find a conifer forest and some fallen pine cones for your Christmas crafts.
Here are some ideas for decorating your pine cones –
- Paint the pine cones in a colour that matches your Christmas tree colour scheme
- Spread some glue on the ends of the scales then dip in either
- Artificial snow
When you’ve finished decorating, glue on some ribbon to the bottom of your pine cone to allow your decorations to hang on the tree, or alternatively, simply place them on the branches.
Does your family have homemade tree decorations? Tweet us @cameronlodges with pictures!
Going To The Pantomime
It’s not only festive season, it’s pantomime season! Pantomimes are deeply rooted into our culture and are often based around fables and fairy tales to keep the little ones smiling and amused. Expect laugh-out-loud comedy, creative backdrops, dazzling costumes and plenty of boos and hisses at all the evil villains. Pantomimes have all the ingredients to make the perfect family day out. The theatre is calling, you better grab those tickets and get going! This year in Glasgow alone, you can look forward to Snow White, Jack and The Beanstalk and The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio.
If we’ve missed any pantos or you’d like to share your experiences with us then tweet @cameronlodges
Do Something Different This Christmas
There is still time left to book a luxury lodge break and escape to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond this Christmas. It’s the most magical time of the year and we’d like to share it with you. Plus, we have limited Christmas and New Year availability so book now before it’s too late. Book before 21st December and we will give you 10% off!