Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Get a Headstart on the Festive Season ; Why Wait? There Are Lots of Christmas Treats You Can Enjoy in the Run Up to the Big Day

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Get a Headstart on the Festive Season ; Why Wait? There Are Lots of Christmas Treats You Can Enjoy in the Run Up to the Big Day

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IT'S the most wonderful time of the year - so the famous song goes. And that is never more true than when there are little ones around and you can share Christmas as a family.

Of course, the lead up to the festive season is almost as exciting as this special time of year itself, and there are lots of things you can all do together to have a magical and Merry Christmas.

1. See the festive lights IT doesn't cost a thing to see what your town or city has to offer.

Every area also has a house that goes Christmas lights crazy so just take a walk around the neighbourhood to admire all the Christmas lights. Hold your own competition to see which you judge the best.

2. Visit a local garden centre THERE are often Christmas activities and festive treats and shopping for the perfect tree is a real family occasion.

3. Watch a Christmas movie SNUGGLING up on the sofa to watch a festive classic is the perfect way to inject a bit of Christmas magic into a dreary December afternoon and you can enjoy some mince pies and mulled wine (adults only) to enhance the festive feel.

4. Go to a panto PANTOMIMES are a must-do for any family. It doesn't have to cost a bomb either. You could go to a top theatre production with a star studded cast, or support a local amatuer production.

It's full of singalong songs, fun, and jokes - what's not to enjoy? 5. Make a festive gingerbread house CHILDREN will love making their own house that is good enough to eat.

See easy to follow instructions on how to make one at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes 6. Feed Santa and his reindeer FATHER Christmas needs fuelling for his mammoth journey. Why not make some mince pies - there's a great recipe from TV presenter Kate Garraway on Wallace and Gromit's BIGBake website (www.bigbake.org).

Or mix together oats and glitter to sprinkle on your path on Christmas Eve. Santa's reindeers will love to eat it and the sparkling glitter will help to guide them straight to your front door.

7. Visit a grotto YOU must see Father Christmas himself. He gets around all the country so check where he is in your local area and admire the fun and busy home that's created especially for him.

8. Go ice skating RINKS are popping up all over the country and the atmosphere is unbeatable, with Christmas music, twinkling lights and lashings of winter cheer... just like scenes from a Christmas card.

JOKE TIME What's an ig? A snow house without a loo. What do snowmen eat for lunch? Icebergers.

How do you keep the snow from giving you cold feet? Don't go around BRRFOOTED! What kind of maths do Snowy Owls like? Owlgebra. What do you call a snowman with a six pack? An abdominal snowman. What do you call an old snowman? Water.

MAKE YOUR OWN SNOW GLOBE lid is screwed on. You should also check that the toys fit the width of the jar with space around the sides so that the glitter can move around. …

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