It is that time of year again, where 10 days from now whole families will flock to their living rooms to find masses of gifts, wrapped in various papers and bags, surrounding a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. All this to celebrate the birth of a child 2 millenia ago, who’s ideals have built the principles of many civilizations today. Christmas is a truly beautiful time of year. Not only for its incredible decorations that add a little charm and romance to every town in the world, but because of all the loving spirits, giving and caring attitudes of all the people that choose to celebrate the holiday.
For me one of the most exciting things about Christmas is the opportunity to see so many of my loved ones and catch up in some truly quirky and wonderful adventures. So without further delay I want to share with you some of my top Christmas activities to mark every festive occasion of the season.
Winter Wonderland is an unmissable place. I have gone every year for the last 5 years, and yes it is crowded and much of it is noise and parents that cannot control their kids, but here is my tip, GO DURING THE WEEK. Seriously, when I have been there during the week during the day the place has been deserted and a true wonderland to walk through. I love the smell of all things sweet, mulled wine, the sound of Christmas, the hand craft tents it’s just my favourite thing to do every year, at least once. Winter Wonderland is held every year at Hyde Park from the last week of November to January and it is FREE admission, just show up in your festive best and have some fun.
This year I went to my first ever Christmas Concert held by the fabulous (I am totally biased) Hitchin Thespians. Now I know that this is my society and this may seem oddly suspicious, but I can honestly say it was the most beautiful evening, spent with my mother in the audience assisting to some fantastically sung performances and even joined in with some Christmas Carols. It was the most stunning little festive concert, sung with a lot of love and care from the choir, some great pieces were chosen, from traditional carols to more obscure foreign carols and cantatas, some hilarious Christmas readings and we were even served mulled wine and warm mince pies in the interval. I was honestly never introduced to the festive season in such a style, and I loved every second of it. I felt so warm and happy and glowing with true Christmas Spirit. If you are not a spiritual person at all but love a good Christmas event, please search for your local amateur dramatics/theatre/musical theatre or choir societies as I can guarantee they will be putting on some sort of performance to mark the season.
After working at the Richmond Theatre for a year, and starting my job there with 8 consecutive weeks of 10 weekly performances of Aladdin the pantomime, I thought I would despise panto forever. You tend to get sick of hearing the same songs, with the same dance routines and the same wasted jokes being repeated to audiences who are none the wiser. However, I was wrong! Sleeping Beauty at the Gordon Craig in Stevenage was by far the BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN IN PANTOMIME. It was everything and more I could ask for, with all the local jokes, the newspaper headlines being mentioned, the typical pantomime devices, all the current songs and hype dances like the whip nae nae, an actual moving dragon and a tardis! I honestly felt so happy after this and it was such a beautiful thing to see the whole audience sing along, dance along and play along with the whole situation. The kids loved it and I was the biggest kid of all.
So there you have it, just some of the Christmas activities that aside from the obvious like decorating, buying and wrapping presents, writing Christmas cards and figuring out the festive menu for the year really get me into the Christmas spirit. What Christmas adventures have you taken part in this year?