Christmas is the perfect time to invite some friends and family round, spread out on the sofa, cook up some treats and put on a festive film. It’s also a great opportunity to have a quick pre-Christmas clean!
If you want to quickly spruce your house up before your guests arrive the focus on the essentials - grab a wet wipe and run it over the surfaces in the important areas of the house, such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom.
After that you just need to select the right movie. We’ve selected six of our favourite flicks that are certain to fill you and your guests full of festive cheer.
Elf - Will Ferrell plays an overgrown ‘elf’ who heads to New York to hunt for his father. Funny and festive.
The Grinch - A modern take on an old classic. Jim Carrey plays the Christmas stealing Grinch.
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Is this a Halloween film or a Christmas film? We’re not so sure, but it means you’ve got two excuses to watch it!
Miracle on 34th Street - There are plenty of versions of this Christmas classic, both old and modern. You should be able to find one that fits everyone’s tastes.
Home Alone - Nothing says Christmas like an abandoned child fighting off two would be burglars. That’s probably why it’s the highest grossing Christmas film of all time.
A Muppet Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens’ famous story, as told by Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang.
Once you’ve picked a film, you need to sort out the snacks! You could head to the shop but since Christmas comes only once a year, why not try these fabulous Christmas Sugar Cookies?
1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in extracts and egg.
In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
Do not cool the dough. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut with a festive cookie cutter. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
After your cookie have cooled you can then decorate them with icing, sprinkles or you can leave them plain.
Don’t forget to tidy up afterwards! Baking can be a messy business, so take extra care wiping down all those surfaces. Check your floors too and if there is any flour or crumbs give them a clean with a wet wipe or mop.
That’s it! You’re all set. Grab yourself a cup of eggnog or mulled wine (if you’re old enough) and settle in.
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