The fire’s on, the decorations are up and all the festive plans have been made. When it comes to Christmas – for mortgage adviser Jo Jingree’s household, there’s no place like home.
So, with the countdown until the Big Day well and truly on we wanted to share some of the festive traditions Jo and her family have got on their to-do list.
Afterall, ‘tis the most wonderful time of the year…
1. Advent calendars with a purpose
Yes, we know there’s nothing quite like opening a cardboard door every morning to reveal the chocolatey goodness that’s inside. But this year, Jo and her family are taking part in something wholesome.
“This year, at Freya and Oscar’s school they’re doing a reverse advent calendar,” Jo tells us. “This is where we gift something to the local food bank. It promotes the idea of giving, not just receiving.”
At the beginning of December, each child at Freya and Oscar’s school brought in one food item. Then, throughout each day this month one item will be placed into a hamper.
Jo says: “At the end of the Christmas term, the hamper will be donated to the local food bank brimming with tins of tuna, long-life milk, beans, cereal, pasta and more. How great is that!”.
2. Seeing Santa
Would it be Christmas without a visit to Father Christmas? We think not! Although we’ve been told Father Christmas and his little helpers will be visiting chimneys up and down the globe, he’s made a very special visit to London this month too.
Jo explains: “We’re taking the kids to see Father Christmas at the Strand Palace Hotel, which I’m sure they will love.”
Whilst there, the kids (and the big kids) can meet furry creatures in a snowy setting, they can watch elves working hard in a Victorian toy workshop and wander through an enchanted forest.
3. Making Christmas biscuits
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like an afternoon of festive biscuit baking.
Jo, her husband, Sacha, and the kids will be putting their baking skills to the test in a bid to make some Christmas biscuits for Father Christmas and his reindeers. There will be icing, chocolate and edible decorations to get creative with.
But the question remains: does Father Christmas prefer cookies, shortbread or both?
4. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Described as the world’s best destination for festive fun, this month Jo and her family will be meeting up with some friends and their kids to have a wander around Winter Wonderland in London.
“We’ve never been before, but heard some good things,” Jo says. “Plus, there’s a ‘Santaland’, lots of live shows the kids can watch and churros – all three are something we can all enjoy.”
If one of your plans this year is to start your mortgage process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mortgage Confidence. Jo is the principal mortgage adviser at the business and deals with a range of mortgages. This includes: remortgages, first time buyers and buy to let mortgages. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.