Christmas Eve is the perfect night to sit down in front of the telly and watch a few films together to get yourself into the Christmas mood. Read on for some tips to get the most out of this special evening!
First of all, of course, play Santa if you have children. Fiddling about with presents and displaying them for maximum impact is one of the best parts of being a parent. Getting it done first and foremost is a good way to allow yourself to relax for the rest of the evening.
Christmassy films to get yourself in the Christmas mood are a great idea. For more traditional ones, you can choose from Home Alone, Jingle All the Way, or It’s a Wonderful Life. Have a little think as to which films really bring home the Christmas spirit for you; if you shell out a little extra for next-day shipping, it’s not too late to get some from Amazon! If you want to go for something new and different, consider Rare Exports, a Finnish film about the original Santa, a terrible and bloodthirsty creature. It’s funny, it’s a little scary, and it’s Christmas in a nutshell!
Pick a few films to choose from on the night; everyone’s idea of Christmassy films is different, and there is no reason you can’t watch two or three of an evening!
The next thing to focus on is snacks. You want Christmassy snacks, but nothing too elaborate as your kitchen needs to be spic ‘n’ span for the cooking to be done on Christmas Day. You can make an American recipe called Puppy Chow, which is quite delicious:
Microwave a half cup of peanut butter with a quarter of a cup of butter and a cup of chocolate chips for one minute before stirring through and adding half a teaspoon of vanilla. Put 9 cups of plain Shreddies (or an off-brand equivalent) into a large bowl, and pour the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over it all. Mix and toss until all the Shreddies are evenly covered. Now get a large Ziploc bag and add in 3 cups of powdered sugar before adding the chocolate-coated Shreddies and shaking well so the powdered sugar coats the lot. If you find you don’t have a Ziploc big enough to do the job in one go, divide it into batches before decanting into a serving bowl. Sure to make everyone happy! And to make it extra Christmassy you can stir through a few edible gold and silver balls or sprinkle on some edible glitter.
Hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon or a snuff or nutmeg can really put the Christmas spirit into your evening, too, allowing you to warm yourself and any guests you may have whilst scenting your home with the twin smells of chocolate and spice. You can even crush up a candy cane and stir some of it through to add a hint of mint. Or make some chocolate fudge and crush up candy canes to decorate it with – the possibilities are endless!
If you prepare now by nipping to a DVD shop like HMV, ordering from Amazon or renting from Blockbuster, you can prepare for an amazing, comforting Christmas Eve immersing yourself in the Christmas spirit and enjoying the calm before the storm!