For anyone that is a regular reader of the UK2 Newsletter will know all about our ‘Tip of the Month’. We decided this month to do a Christmas tip of the month special.
Top tips from the UK2 team about Christmas, everything from what to do with last years old Christmas cards to what to make with the turkey left overs.
- Don’t leave the present buying to Christmas Eve, not only will you miss out on valuable eating and drinking time, but it will be crazy busy on your local high street and all the good stuff will be gone. Instead do what I do, sit down, turn on your PC and shop online. I recommend www.shop.com for all your shopping needs; it’s a one stop shop for just about everything.
- If you’re not a fan of wrapping presents just invest in gift bags and silver tissue paper. Put the gifts inside and scrunch the tissue paper around it. It not only looks professional, but takes no time at all!
- Use last years Christmas Cards as gift tags. Cut them up with some zig zag scissors and there you have it, not only are you helping the environment by not wasting paper, but you have some personalised gift tags.
- When its time to put up the Christmas decorations get a few friends round, have a few drinks and get them to do it for you. It takes the stress out of having to do it yourself and you can have a giggle at the same time.
- Go Ice Skating, this is great fun and is probably as close as most people in the UK will get to a snow like winter wonderland.
- If you’re a party animal a good tip is to drink a glass of water after every alcoholic drink. It might sound boring but believe me it doesn’t stop you having fun at all, but you’ll be thankful the next morning.
- Christmas Eve games. This is a family tradition every year on Christmas Eve we play the ‘pound game’. Everyone that comes over on Christmas Eve has to buy something for a pound and wrap it up. Everyone sits in a circle and picks a number out of a hat, then each person takes their turn to pick a present from the middle of the circle. Once everyone has picked a present they open them and see what they have got (most of the presents are useless, and there is always one that certain people want). You all take a number again and starting with the highest number, that person can either choose to keep their present or swap it with someone else’s. This game can be hilarious as people will fight for the present they want.
- Have a full English breakfast on Christmas Day, with champagne and scratch cards. Start the day off as you mean to go on I say. I think Christmas day is the only day of the year that I can be constantly eating and not feel full up!
- On Boxing day go for a family walk with a twist! I thank my Dad for this one. Going for a walk need never be boring again. Go to http://www.geocaching.com/faq/ find a walk near you type the coordinates into a GPS system and off you go. Geocaching is a bit like a treasure hunt, but is world wide. It may seem a little odd, but its really good fun and give you a purpose to going for a walk, and some of the caches are hidden in really odd places 🙂
- With your left over Turkey make some turkey curry, I think this is the only time of year I would ever eat turkey curry and enjoy it. Why not try making Thai green turkey curry