Christmas Day can be an anticlimax for some people after the frenetic build up, but we absolutely love it!
Here are seven of our favourite things about that all important occasion:
1. Opening presents
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Do you open all your gifts on Christmas Eve and just do Santa gifts on Christmas Day? Do you open all your presents on Christmas?
No matter your age, it’s always thrilling to see beautifully wrapped presents with your name on them.
Here’s hoping Santa got your letter in time!
2. The fun of seeing what everyone else got!
As well as revelling in your own good fortune, it’s always great fun to see what presents everyone else got.
Seeing their joy at the gift you bought for them is even better than the feeling you get when you open your own prezzies!
Decorating your home for Christmas is one of the fastest ways to get into the holiday spirit. People often feel nostalgic as they bring boxes of decorations down from the attic and slowly unpack all of their favorite ornaments.
Picking out new Christmas decorations can be a fun family activity, too, and by adding pieces over time, you’ll be able to amass a meaningful collection.
3. Eating Christmas dinner
For many of us, the crowning glory of Christmas Day is the epic dinner that takes place once a year. Serve a traditional Christmas dinner menu filled with classic dishes, including smoked salmon starters, roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding.
Talk about a feast! Turkey, gravy, ham, potato stuffing, brussel sprouts, plum pudding, brandy butter, mince pies – it really is the best meal ever.
4. The brilliant TV films!
It’s easy to think of holiday movies as the one area of cinema audiences have permission to practically forget about the rest of the year. With a limited window between Thanksgiving and Christmas, most film lovers can only make time for a handful of seasonally appropriate screenings before New Year’s snaps our attention back to awards season and the big Best Picture contenders.
We love getting the TV guide the week before Christmas Day so we can get a good look at all the amazing specials, documentaries and films scheduled for the holidays.
Now all you have to do is record everything so you don’t miss them!
5. Munching on chocolate all afternoon
|From shortbread trees and chocolate coins to caterpillar fruit gums and candy-cane sweets, there’s plenty to tuck into. Photo: independent
There are so many gorgeous chocolates to choose from but when it comes to a good old-fashioned Irish Christmas, you’ll rarely find a home without a tub of Roses in it!
From classic British shortbread – it tastes better at Christmas – to Colin and Percy treats, the letterbox gifts are set to make perfect alternatives to a tin of chocolates this Christmas, and will go hand-in-hand with a festive card.
Then again, we won’t say no to a box of Milk Tray either…
6. Flaking out for the afternoon with nothing to do!
After the hectic few weeks leading up to Christmas, there’s nothing quite like flaking out on the couch after dinner and doing absolutely nothing.
You’ve nowhere to be, nothing to plan and no responsibilities apart from boiling the kettle or going out to get more coal for the fire!
7. Playing charades/cards/Monopoly with your family
While we all know the classics – secret santa, white elephant, & charades – we want to bring forth 45 other stellar games that are guaranteed to bring some cheer this season. Now hold those groans. Before you roll your eyes, hear us out: Party games aren’t just for kids. Whether you’re hosting an office party for your coworkers, a small family gathering, or a youth group event at church, there are plenty of enjoyable (and free!) options for both children and adults.
Depending on how tired you are, this can be incredibly frustrating or incredibly funny!
Sure look it, have a go and if you get canned in the first round, you can always take solace in the tin of chocolates…