December is the most wonderful time of the year, especially as we have all been cooped up at home for the last few months. Most of us have been feeling the festive spirit quite strongly since the month began, but there may be a few stragglers who are yet to decorate the home or create the Christmas and New Year festivity vibes.
Others may belong to the school of thought that pays no attention to Christmas whatsoever. However, with kids in the house, Christmas becomes a festival that is hard to ignore! I am here to help you plan the easiest and best last-minute Christmas vibe at home. The collection of the material will be at the touch of a button, the only effort you will need to put in will be in the physical act of decoration. Don’t stress however, there is merit in that too! It will distract the children and keep them busy for a while!
So, without further ado, here is my last-minute Christmas guide if you are celebrating in India in 2020:
1. CHRISTMAS TREE
Christmas is a big celebration in my home, as my mother-in-law is Catholic. We grow 3 Araucaria (Christmas trees) in our garden round the year, and then bring the one in the best condition up to the living room every December. However, I know everyone doesn’t have the facilities or the time required to nurture a live Christmas tree. Hence, I’ve done the work for you and found a 4 feet tall tree available on Amazon, which will make life very easy for you.
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2. AFFORDABLE YET LONG-LASTING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
As with the Christmas tree, my mother-in-law has been collecting beautiful Christmas ornaments all her life and has managed to preserve most of them in pristine condition. Some even go back to the time of her grandmother! However, this year I got Christmas ornaments for the first time ever on Amazon and just loved the beautiful pieces. There was a wide variety to choose from and so I made a list of the ones that I liked best and whose high quality will ensure longevity of life. Fortunately, they are reasonably priced too!
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3. LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS
This is the easiest way to get into a festive mood. Set your children down and make them write letters to Santa Claus. Make them aware of the need to be good throughout the year if they would like to receive the presents of their choice from him, and ask them to decorate the cards beautifully because St. Nick loves pretty things!
4. CHRISTMAS BOOKS AND MOVIES
If you want to set the holiday mood, turn to tried and tested Christmas books and movies on various OTT platforms. My picks for movies include
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
“Jingle All The Way”
And here is my list of the best Christmas reading for young children.
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5. MAKING AN EASY GINGERBREAD HOUSE
We did this activity as part of my son’s online class and it was so easy to do that I had to share it! Just take any biscuits in a square or rectangular shape, use honey or jam or any other spread of your choice as a gluing agent and decorate the sides with Gems, MnM’s, or any candy of your choice! Even if it doesn’t come out looking great, watch your children enjoy eating it
6. CHRISTMAS MASKS:
If you are planning to venture out you will need beautiful Christmas and festive themed masks for yourself and your children. Take your pick from these that my mother, designer Harleen Anand, has made exclusively for this occasion. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for price enquiries.
7. CHRISTMAS CAROLS:
Youtube has numerous karaoke versions of Christmas carols. Just set your laptop up and have a whale of a time singing with your family members.
I hope you liked reading my last-minute Christmas guide in India for 2020, and I do hope you will take my recommendations for the Christmas tree, ornaments, toys, books, movies and masks. If there is anything you feel I have left out, do let me know in the comments below!
Wish you all a very merry Christmas and a terrifically happy New Year 😊
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