With so much festive info coming out of the HoneyKids’ HQ, we thought it only wise (almost as wise as the three wise men) to gather up all that merry fun, and put it in one easy place. Settle down with a steamy cup of coffee and take a mum time moment to read our ultimate guide to all things Christmas in Singapore… And check back regularly as we’ll be updating every time a new seasonal story pops up (psst: our latest update is the gift guide you need to share with your family: what mums really want for Christmas this year).
First up, you’ll need to appease your excited little elves with an official Christmas countdown. Whether you want to go the traditional advent calendar route, or you’re after a festive app or website to do the trick, we’ve got you covered.
You’re also going to need plenty of bribery tactics to keep the kids out of too much mischief during the Christmas school holidays. A meet and greet with Santa and a December-long threat of the ‘naughty or nice’ list usually works a charm. Don’t forget to take your small elves to the biggest Xmas party of the year… the one we’re helping host with Tanglin Mall: The Tanglin Mall Santa Workshop!
But before the kids’ behaviour turns into too much of a pantomime (here’s our guide to the best kids’ theatre shows from now until Christmas), tick off a day or two checking out all the blockbuster movies released in time for Christmas 2017. Popcorn, peace and quiet.
Whether you fancy a full on winter break to the ski slopes (check out our guide to where to buy cold weather wear before you jet off), or prefer spending Christmas on an easy getaway with the kids, it’s not too late to book a Christmas ho ho holiday! Don’t forget to work out the ‘packing for Christmas overseas‘ logistics before you leave: those excess baggage charges could really end the festive season on a sour note!
Aside from the gifts we mums really want, you’ll also need some stocking fillers for everyone from the babies through to the teens, and we have a few nice ideas for charitable gifts that mean the world to others. Because, let’s face it: most of us have enough stuff.
If you are staying in Singapore then you’re going to need to know how to avoid all that cooking and washing up on Christmas Day by booking a fabulously festive brunch, buffet or lunch. Or if you can’t even be bothered getting dressed or turning on the oven, here’s where you can get your Christmas meals catered and delivered. Yule also need a Christmas tree to throw your Christmas tinsel at. The jollier the better – it’s the perfect tonic (along with mulled wine) to help you avoid feeling a bit blue if it happens to be your first Xmas in Singapore as an expat. If you are dining at home this Xmas and you’re happy to do the meal prep, order in the turkey, ham and all the trimmings in plenty of time.
We’re all a little guilty of overindulging during the merry season, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to whip up easy Christmas party food and snacks with the kids in the kitchen. And after all that culinary work, we say snuggle up together eating the goodies and watching one of the all time great festive family flicks.
Next up: Christmas craft! Create your own pom pom wreath, throw lots of glitter at a DIY bauble and then colour in your own Xmas gift tags. Make sure the craft kit is full before you get started: there’s nothing more annoying than not having enough googly eyes when you rustle up a toilet roll reindeer.
If you don’t have the time (or the inclination) to make your own Christmas decorations, (s)no(w) problem: there are tons of cool Yule markets to browse and get all the gifts and baubles you’ll ever need. Lots of them have entertainment for the
interlopers children, so make a day of it.
Parents, you’ve totally got this. Take a bough for being oh-so-festively organised. And if you’re not, then don’t worry a jot. We know all about life lessons learned during the Christmas season. Oh and if Christmas isn’t your thing at all, we’ve pulled something out of the (non festive) bag for you: 10 alternative ways to spend 25 December!
Ho ho hope you all have a very merry one!
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