Sparkly lights have been strung up in the streets, the shops are full of shoppers carrying heaving bags and there are mince pie crumbs everywhere… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas isn’t it?
But it wouldn’t be Christmas without Piccolo’s ultimate checklist to help you feel extra festive, so pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and read our list below-ho-ho.
There’s nothing like a classic Christmas song to get everyone up in the morning and feeling Christmassy all day. At Piccolo we have been listening to some of the classic Christmas hits since mid-November and wanted to share our playlist for you to enjoy too.
Head to Spotify to listen to our favourite tunes and get ready to Rock Around the Christmas Tree, Deck the Halls and hit those high notes with Mariah Carey’s festive favourite.
2. Films – selection of films
In fact, All I Want for Christmas always makes us want to watch Love, Actually – but as it’s not the most family friendly film, the team at Piccolo have come up with their favourite suggestions for you and your little ones to snuggle up on the sofa and watch together:
Home Alone, The Polar Express, Elf, Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch and that old- time classic: Miracle on 34th Street.
But wait – a movie marathon wouldn’t be complete without some scrumptious snacks…how about trying our Alice’s White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Biscuits www.mylittlepiccolo.com/blogs/recipes/white-chocolate-dipped-ginger-biscuits.
3. Visiting a Christmas market
Our founder Cat grew up visiting Christmas Markets across Europe – they’ve always been a huge part of Christmas across the Mediterranean and in recent years the UK has launched some fantastic ones too.
Crammed full of stalls selling hand crafted presents, mulled wine, artisanal chocolate and whopping great wheels of cheese, they’re a great place to wrap up warm and head to with your family. They often also have lots of fun family friendly activities like ice rinks, rides and perhaps even a visit from Father Christmas himself.
4. Write a letter to Father Christmas
Speaking of the important man, it’s definitely time to get your little one writing their Christmas wishes to Father Christmas and his elves in the North Pole. We have it on very good authority that the best address to get a letter to him is: Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ
5. Christmas Tree
And, last but not least, it’s important to get the Christmas tree up and decorated. Whether you go for a stylishly elegant colour scheme or use baubles made at school by generations of little ones over the years, a brilliant Christmas tree makes the whole house look and feel Christmassy.
We’d love to hear your Christmas traditions and how you get in the festive mood – do let us know what you and your family do at firstname.lastname@example.org