SO MANY DAYS OF CHRIST­MAS

2017 is al­most over and it’s fi­nally the fes­tive time when all the places are well lit and dec­o­rated, peo­ple are merry, and there’s just lots of adorable-look­ing food ev­ery­where. Yes, it is Christ­mas sea­son, when there is so much to be ex­cited about. But

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Here are some things you need to do this Christ­mas if you haven’t been do­ing them al­ready.

Se­cret Santa

Se­cret Santa has be­come a Christ­mas tra­di­tion that peo­ple ir­re­spec­tive of their faith, coun­try, back­ground have been ac­tively fol­low­ing. It is a fun game in which you be­come some­one’s Santa and make their day by giv­ing them a present. Mem­bers of a group need to pick chits that will have names of other mem­bers of the group. You will be as­signed to buy a gift for the per­son whose chit you pick.

Bake

One thing I used to look for­ward to dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son as a child were the plum cakes. With time my taste in cakes kept vary­ing but I would al­ways want to try a va­ri­ety of them dur­ing Christ­mas. So this year you could try and bake your own cake ei­ther by join­ing a quick bak­ing class or through the most re­li­able teacher - YouTube. Pick a theme and bake not just for your­self, but also for your friends and rel­a­tives and dis­trib­ute it around.

Brunch

Even if you are not much of a brunch per­son, Christ­mas brunches are al­ways spe­cial. You get to wear the Christ­mas caps, be amidst the beau­ti­fully pleas­ant decor and savour on some amaz­ing food while Christ­mas carols and jin­gles play in the back­ground blend­ing with your con­ver­sa­tions. There are a num­ber of places in Oman where you can go to dine out or you could even in­vite your gang home for a nice brunch by the Christ­mas tree.

Christ­mas Karaoke

There are tons of Christ­mas clas­sics that can get you in the fes­tive mood al­most in­stan­ta­neously. Or­gan­ise a fun karaoke ses­sion with your friends and sing out loud at a cosy venue of your pref­er­ence. Some of the Christ­mas spe­cials you must put on the list would be All I Want For Christ­mas Is You —Mariah Carey, White Christ­mas —Bing Crosby, Santa Claus is

Com­ing to Town — Jack­son 5, Blue Christ­mas —Elvis Pres­ley, 8 Days of Christ­mas —Des­tiny’s Child.

Dec­o­ra­tions

The Christ­mas sea­son doesn’t just feel good, it even looks good. It’s all about bright lights and colours and fancy dec­o­ra­tions. Now is the time to open your DIY kit and hone your art and craft skills to make your crib look pretty and fes­tive. Some of the es­sen­tials would be fairy lights, Christ­mas tree and ac­ces­sories, wreaths and gar­lands, DIY snowflakes and other pa­per-made adorn­ments.

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