“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ― Peg Bracken
From the jingles you hear while strolling along the streets to the sudden influx of Hallmark Christmas shows airing on Netflix, you know for sure that the most wonderful time of the year is approaching.
If you are planning to spend the Christmas holidays at home and need some inspiration on what to do this year, you came knocking on the right door.
Spruce Up Your Home for X’Mas… & CNY too
With Christmas and Chinese New Year being exactly one month apart, there’s no better time to do some spring cleaning while bringing in the festive cheer to your home! And that’s right, Marie Kondo is back! She also aims to spark young readers the concept of tidying with this picture book called Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, a story about two best friends, a collector and a sorter, where they have to figure out how to make room for what’s always sparked joy – their friendship.
After sorting out what sparked joy for you, why not take a step further by giving back. Instead of throwing away your things, sort those in good conditions that are fit to sell or donate. For those items in working condition, consider donating them to any local charitable organisations, for example, The Salvation Army, Minds and Greensquare.
And there you have it, a sparkling clean home that spreads holiday cheer and most importantly, sparks joy.
Making Christmas Ornaments
Get crafty and imaginative by making Christmas ornaments with IKEA’s Pyssla Beads and Pyssla Beads Template. Besides Christmas ornaments, challenge yourself to holiday-themed characters and designs. This Christmas activity will certainly keep the little ones entertained and plus, you wouldn’t have to spend big.
Don’t Forget the Music
To sync yourself with the festive mood, it’s important to set the right tune at home with these tracks perfectly suited for this season. Besides the overplayed All I Want for Christmas Is You, here are some lovely festive song suggestions. Which are your favourites?
A Homely Christmas Playlist:
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year – Andy Williams
- Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helmes
- All Alone on Christmas- Darlene Love
- The Christmas Song – Ne-Yo
- Last Christmas – Ariana Grande
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Mariah Carey
- I’ll Be Home – Meghan Trainor
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Lea Michele
- Making Christmas – Pentatonix
- Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson
- Frosty The Snowman – Michael Bublé (ft. The Puppini Sisters)
- Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
- Into the Unknown – Idina Menzel and Aurora
- These Are The Special Times – Celine Dion
- One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
- Christmas Time – Christina Aguilera
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
Hosting a Games Night
Christmas is a great time for us to rest, relax and unwind and one way is by playing board and card games as a family. Bring out all your food stash to the table and let the family games night commence. Form teams and battle it to the end of the night. Be reaaaallly careful not to go too far though, it’s Christmas after all.
Having a Feast
What is Christmas without a feast? If you don’t have the time to cook up a storm, cast your food worry away with FairPrice Christmas Catalogue. From the sweet treats to the usual delights like Honey Baked Ham, find the perfect combo that best suit your family taste buds.
Alternatively, opt for a homely healthier version this year with these 4 ingredients swaps we dished out specially for you!
Be ho, ho, home for the holidays! As we get warm and cozy with the spirit of the festive season, cherish the time we spent at home with your loved ones. Plus! wishes you a Merry Homely Christmas & a Happy New Year!