Marty's Blog: 7 Things To Put You In The Festive Spirit
The air has changed, it’s gotten a lot colder and businesses are still trying to get over the chaos of black Friday. So as we are about to go into December (and exam/hand in season) I thought I’d give you a couple of ideas to feel a little more Christmassy!
As someone who is constantly skint I’ve recently learned the benefits of doing a secret Santa in my friend group, it’s so much cheaper that way. Not only does it stop you having to buy presents for each of your friends, as a group you can set a limit on how much realistically everyone can spend. Sites like DrawNames are a great way to make sure everyone can get in on the action and it’s FREE!
Edinburgh is famous for their fantastic Christmas markets and how much effort they put in. Whether you want to bare the crowds at the main market on Princes Street, the Christmas tree maze in Princes Gardens or go for a shot on the waltzers on Castle Street there’s something for everyone! Pro tip: I’d recommend going mid-week and/or during the day to avoid the crowds a bit, also go on an empty stomach!
Make Some Mulled (Tonic) Wine
What’s a more student way to celebrate the coming of Christmas (and the procrastination of Uni work) than by getting drunk on some mulled wine. For those who don’t know Buckfast is a sweet wine, made by monks that is loved throughout Scotland, so why not make it a little bit more festive. Just follow the recipe below:
Without a doubt one of the best Christmas traditions is going to see a pantomime. If you have never been to one before expect a lot of audience participation, high energy performance and the odd joke that probably shouldn't be in a kids show. Edinburgh has a whole selection of them throughout the city, from big venues like the Kings to many local independents.
Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends so why not try your hand at hosting a make-shift Christmas dinner. I, for one, know i'm pretty awful at cooking, but even if your carrots turn out raw or your potatoes turn out a little..."crispy" you can still have a fun time with it! Why not use this time to give everyone their Secret Santa gifts and serve up that mulled wine? Hosting something like this can be daunting but with the right people and food, it'll go down great!
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