5 fabulous feel-good activities to get you in the festive mood.....

An unseasonably mild November may have you not quite believing that Christmas is just around the corner but with only 33 days to go, the team here at JBC HQ can’t help but feel  the festive spirit creeping through the cracks and filling the office and our heads with merriment!  If you, like us, enjoy the the countdown to Christmas as much as the main event, here are some quick ideas for getting you refreshed, relaxed and in the festive mood:Festive Film Sunday.....

A laid back Sunday with friends or family watching back-to-back Christmas classics is the perfect way to get some much needed relaxation whilst injecting a little festive cheer on a drab wintery day. White Christmas, It’s a wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol and Jungle Book would definitely make it onto our must see list!

Winter walks.....

Make the most of winter weekends, escape the crowds and get outdoors for a long and leisurely walk taking in a much needed dose of fresh air, daylight and relaxation after a week inside a centrally heated office. Make it a romantic afternoon packing a snuggly blanket, a flask of hot chocolate with a dash of brandy and make some delicious treats for a winter picnic date for two. For a family friendly afternoon pack a camping stove (or build a fire if your camp-master skills are up to scratch!) and cook up some hot dogs in the great outdoors. Late November and early December is also the perfect time to seek out those Chestnuts for roasting or Sloes for syrupy gin making.

An alternative shopping experience.....

A large number of cities across the UK now have the wonderful continental farmers markets arriving shortly and bringing with them a range of meats, cheeses, and other scrummy food stuffs plus a range of alternative and often handmade gift ideas.  Plan to go in the early evening to fully enjoy the festive sights, sounds and smells creating a pleasurable, stress free shopping, browsing and sampling experience.

Girls (or guys) night in.....

Taking time out to be with friends a week or so before the usually family focussed Christmas period offers a chance to catch up, have some fun and get get some much needed me time. Drinks and nibbles, dinner and conversation, film night, a pampering session or competitive games will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy and ready for anything.

Give.....

Giving feels good. Which why our lovely lot here at JBC donate time and money to a variety of charitable organisations and community groups. If you have some free time, give it away to someone who can use it either through direct help or via random acts of kindness (we think they are the most fun by the way). If time is short, look for gifts that give something back or have real and lasting impact. Top of our list is of course JoinFITE (including Dermalogica JoinFITE products for a double giving experience!) and Director Matt’s personal charity The British Red Cross.

The Christmas countdown is officially underway here so if you have any top tips for enjoying the festivities, drop us a line and let us know!