Getting Your Jingle On!
By Sara Allen. I love Christmas ~ it really is the most wonderful time of the year! Sounding cliche I know... but I cannot wait to decorate the Tree and start thinking of all those favourite holiday Movies that are a must-watch this time of the year. Yes, it's time to brush off the Christmas to-do list and to help you get started, here are some great sites that just might have you jingling-all-the-way! The Christmas season is loved and celebrated by people all around the globe; for some it is a thankful time, with deep religious significance, and/ or the getting together with family, friends, help and share with others. Christmas is for everyone! 20 years ago, James Cooper from the UK founded a website that is all about Christmas. Want to find out more on Christmas traditions like how it is celebrated by different cultures around the world or where did the Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe come from; this site is stacked-full of interesting facts and is an amazing resource for all things Christmas! [Note: it is not exactly what I thought it was... check the word meaning/translation of Mistletoe... ] Time to light it up! Don't you just love how people seem to get so creative with Christmas decorations and fairy lights. Christmas displays and lighting up the streets is one of the beautiful things about Christmas; you can take a stroll down Oxford or Regent Streets in London and also find many amazing winter light trails for your local area. Of course, you can also check YouTube for some of the most incredible and many over-the-top displays like these (and thank goodness for solar powered lights!!) Christmas Markets are a tradition Of course this year might make things slightly less crowded or mean some of them will be cancelled. But Christmas markets are fast growing and fun tradition in the lead up to Xmas. They are great places to try some Christmas goodies, mulled wine and locally made craft beer, gingerbread, chocolates and gift ideas. Germany and many European cities are just amazing to visit before Christmas - again, for this year it might be much harder to do, but definitely worth checking out any local markets in your area, if they are allowed. Maybe you already have a Christmas Market Bucket List? I am still working on mine and can't wait for when I can grab my Passport, pack a wheelie bag and take off again! Christmas Movies If you are like me, you will already have your firm favourites! Whether it's Movies that remind us about the good things in life, heartwarming stories, through to the fun, whacky and magical movies that remind us of when we were small and so excited that Santa was going to be visiting that very night! I really cannot pick just one, we have a top 10 -15 that we always look forward to watching each year, here is some of them: The Santa Clause Movies - all Home Alone 1 & 2 Christmas Vacation (National Lampoons) Elf Trading Places Love Actually Jingle All the Way The Holiday Polar Express The Grinch White Christmas The Christmas Chronicles Christmas Songs At the start of the season, the playing of classic and 'jingly' Christmas songs are like music to my ears and by the time Boxing Day has arrived; we have usually had our fill and ready to change the channel for another year... If there is one Christmas song that would be considered the most popular of all time, it would have to be Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas is you! According to Wikipedia, on November 24, 2019, the song won three records in Guinness World Records for one of the best-selling and most recognizable Christmas songs, most streamed song on Spotify in 24 hours (female) (10,819,009 streams in December 2018) and most weeks in the UK singles Top 10 chart for a Christmas song (20) titles. and yes, it is one of my No1 favourites!! COVID Christmas Shopping For most people this year, it most likely that we will not able to get-together in big groups and spend time with family and friends as we have in the past. But no need to be sad, chin-up and send some Christmas Hugs and Cheer their way - but get in early! Online Shopping and delivery companies will be under the pump this year to ensure the anticipated volume of online Christmas gift packages will be delivered in time. The pressure will be on for these Santa's little helpers! Best to get organised and get in early! Let the person know something is on its way and to keep, put under the Christmas Tree, to be opened on the day. Here are just some of the very cute Christmas Gift ideas we have on the Positive Bunch* online Shop. *The Positive Bunch Shop supports social good projects and includes free worldwide shipping! Christmas Baking There are some really yummy traditional Christmas fare that can be baked up for the holiday season. You may have your homemade favourites already to go; but if looking for some inspiration, you can find some great 'how-to' backing and cooking videos on YouTube that can help out if you are struggling a bit this year. Helping Others While we are hoping to celebrate the holiday season with the people and things we love, there are many people that will be struggling or will be alone during this time. Reach out to your local Volunteer, Church or Charity groups- checkin with your Neighbours and older community members; it might be donating food, gifts, visiting or making some calls over the holiday period. Sharing with others, being there for someone is really what the Christmas spirit is all about. We will be posting a series called ‘The 2020 Quarantine Christmas’ over the next weeks. We will be exploring different ideas about what you can do this festive season whilst staying safe! Jingle on, the Christmas countdown has started!