If your anything like me, Christmas begins as soon as the bonfires burn out and the last firework has been set off on November 5th. It’s at that point I begin browsing for gifts, making my wishlist and blaring our the Christmas music. It truly is the most wonderful time of year!
It’s also the time of year when I’m wanting to get into the spirit by going out, meeting up with people, spreading some joy and having a good time. But this costs money – something me and my fellow students don’t have a whole bunch of. And if you have a big family like I do, money needs to be reserved for gift giving. But that doesn’t have to stop us from heading out and having a good time!
Here I’m listing a few ideas of things to do to get in the Christmas spirit, without traveling far and certainly without breaking the bank!
1. Go to a Christmas Market/Fair
You don’t have to pay through the nose to get the ultimate Christmas experience – more places than you think have a Christmas fair that runs throughout December. Get on Google to find one near to you! In Aberdeen, Union Terrace closes for the month and a cute little Christmas market opens up, featuring a Bavarian style bar selling mulled wine, various food stalls, stalls selling Christmas themed items and gifts, and an ice skating rink. It’s free to get into, and is the perfect place to stop for an afternoon catch up with friends.
2. Organise a Christmas dinner
Most workplaces will throw a company Christmas dinner, where they take you out and treat you to a three course meal. You can get on board with this and throw one from the comfort of your own home! Get together a group of pals and get them to either chip in to a pot to cover food costs or bring a dish to add to a pile. Make it BYOB and have a great day eating, drinking and chatting about your Christmas plans.
3. Mulled Wine Evening In
Similar to above, but probably cheaper – Get everyone to bring a bottle of red wine and make your own mulled wine! Not only is it fun but it smells so Christmassy! Get some Christmas music on and spend the evening sipping warm wine whilst enjoying each other’s company. Not a wine fan? Mulled cider is also a thing, and definitely a student approved idea!
4. Secret Santa
It’s bad enough having to buy gifts for your family. You want to make everyone happy, but when they deserve islands and all you can afford is a candle it’s demotivating. And when it comes to buying your friends gifts, you’re not sure they’ll appreciate whatever bargins you can find at the bottom of the Primark clearance bin. So gather everyone up and set up a Secret Santa. Set a price limit (£10 maximum is usually enough), chuck everyone’s name in a hat and draw a random gift recipient for everyone. It takes the pressure off gift buying and lets you focus on getting one great gift! And you you can have a fun evening exchanging gifts; maybe tie it in with your Christmas dinner or mulled wine evening!
5. Christmas Baking
Exams coming up and need a break from revision? Take yourself away from the desk and get into the kitchen and bake yourself some treats! It’s time to get creative – Gingerbread biscuits and cinnamon cupcakes are the perfect Christmas snacks. Plus they’ll make your student home smell amazing, and your stressed out friends will love you for it!
These are my student friendly, price friendly, Christmas themed ideas to get into the spirit of Christmas. Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments!