Gorging on chocolates, guzzling mulled wine, and watching endless festive re-runs on TV has almost become as synonymous with Christmas as decorating the tree and wrapping presents. Break the mould this year and embrace some healthier family traditions with our ideas for festive fun…
Many people reach for food when they’re bored – so it can help to keep your mind and your hands busy. Getting stuck into a craft project is a great way to take your mind off things, so why not make some Christmas decorations? If you need inspiration, we love the Martha Stewart YouTube channel, which houses tons of crafty videos to get your creative juices flowing.
Listen to a carol service
Is there anything better than music to lift your spirits and awaken your senses? Christmas is a great time of year for getting out and seeing some live music – there are free carol concerts all over the country. We especially love seeing the traditional Salvation Army bands – you can find out where they’ll be in your area by checking out their website.
Donate your time
A great way to feel good at Christmas is to do something to benefit people less fortunate than you. If you’re thinking of volunteering at Christmas, now’s the time to find out what opportunities are available in your area. Visit TimeBank for details of charities looking for volunteers.
Go ice skating
Whether you dance on ice like Torville and Dean or simply scramble around like Bambi, ice skating is a great way to spend time with friends and family. Most major cities host their own Winter Wonderland where you can enjoy ice skating, carols, and craft stalls, surrounded by beautifully lit Christmas trees and twinkly lights.
Enjoy the great outdoors
What better way to enjoy the holidays than to get out into the fresh air? Wrap up warm and explore the beaches, countryside, forests and even mountains of your local area by getting on bikes or strapping on your hiking boots and seeing what’s out there. Find trails near you on Footpath Maps or the National Trust and get reluctant kids involved with the Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives, which provides downloadable games and activities.
Borrow a dog
Dog walking is a brilliant way to stay active, but if you don’t have the time/space for a dog full-time, you can still get the benefit by volunteering to walk someone else’s. A furry friend is not only a great walking companion, but it has also been proven that talking to and petting a dog can actually lower your blood pressure as well. Find out how to borrow a dog here borrowmydoggy.com