Six new Christmas traditions: do it your way

Six new Christmas traditions: do it your way

Whether it’s your first Christmas with grandkids or it’s just the two of you this year, it’s never too late to start a new Christmas tradition. Here are some ideas.

Whether it’s your first Christmas with grandkids or it’s just the two of you this year, it’s never too late to start a new Christmas tradition. Here are some ideas.

Replace candles with melts

Make your home smell of Christmas – and we don’t mean sprouts. While constant cooking in a full house can make things seem a little reeky, there’s an easy way to make sure your family associates Christmas with fresh fragrances. Just put a New Febreze Unstoppables Wax Melt into a festive-looking wax warmer and in just 15 minutes your home will be filled with a clean, warm scent that will forever evoke the festive season to your family. And with no open flame, it’s toddler-friendly (and pet-friendly) too!

Give the grandkids a new ornament each year

It’s tempting just to buy baubles and tinsel in bulk, but just by buying one or two more unique and charming ornaments each year, you’ll soon have a tree that is truly personal for your family. Why not start a tradition of choosing a special ornament each year to go in the kids’ stocking, so they can place it on the tree on Christmas morning? Then when they go on to have their own families, they’ll have a ready-made stock of truly meaningful decorations.

Turn carol-singing into karaoke

Ok, so we all love a few Christmas carols on the radio, and cheer when the singers coming knocking, but it doesn’t take long for Good King Wenceslas to get a bit tired. And who wouldn’t get a bit self-conscious warbling out Ding Dong Merrily round the Christmas tree? Try doing karaoke with some Christmas classics instead – a few eggnogs later, you’ll all be belting out the power ballads together.

Ditch the turkey lunch

There’s a huge sense of occasion with a roast lunch, but after years and years of everyone insisting on turkey, why not try something new? Lots of people prefer chicken, beef, fish or even goose, and you can still enjoy all the trimmings. If you have vegetarians or vegans in the family, you’ll need to cook an alternative anyway, and if it’s just the two of you, you’ll be eating the turkey till spring! Go for whatever tickles your taste buds at this time of year, or something you know you can cook well and easily, and consider creating a new traditional lunch this Christmas.

Swap your Christmas cake for cupcakes

Maybe you love Christmas cake. But it’s definitely an acquired taste, and there is evidence that increasing numbers of the younger generations simply don’t like it. Even if you have a small cake for yourselves, when the family’s there, you could just replace it with something everybody loves. Try a lighter cake that still has the same warming wintery flavours of cinnamon and cloves, or why not go in the opposite direction and make cupcakes or fairy cakes? It’s easier, quicker, and your grandkids will probably thank you.

Spend Christmas abroad

If your kids already live abroad, you may already have tried this, but if it’s just the two of you, it’s a great way to escape the winter – and break out of the tired old traditions while you’re at it. If you book well ahead, you could be spending Christmas Day on a beach, or basking in the sun. You could even consider booking a large villa for the whole family so you can take the grandkids along – there’s nothing they’ll love more than a Christmas swim!

What fragrances say Christmas to you? Share your thoughts below, or why not leave a review of Febreze Unstoppables Wax Melts?

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