It’s the first uninterrupted Christmas since the Covid pandemic started and news brands have been helping readers spread some holiday cheer. Here’s how to make the most of the festive period, with some help from news publishers…
1. Bring on the feast
TikTok trends become viral sensations overnight and have had a huge effect on pop culture in 2022. Food and drink inspiration has particularly grown in popularity. From the recent interest in air fryers and recipes to hangover drinks and butter boards, Metro looked at this year’s TikTok culinary highlights and how to add a festive twist.
2. Turn up the tunes
Holiday songs are great to gain a sense of nostalgia and excitement leading up to the big festive day. The Guardian investigated what makes a good Christmas song successful and become part of Christmas culture, looking at different genres, popular artists and their jolly singles over the years.
3. Put on some heartwarming entertainment
British artist and author Charlie Mackesy found massive success in 2019 with his internationally bestselling book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. He started drawing the beloved characters in 2018 for a small group of friends, posting them on social media.
The book went on to break records, spending 152 weeks in The Sunday Times bestseller list. Now, this wholesome tale comes to screens this Christmas — the Times Culture team had the story.
4. Pack the suitcase
The i explored the surprising secrets of a multi-city festive cruise. While Christmas cruises might traditionally target older travellers, they may also appeal to younger generations with their reasonable price tags. Eleanor Peake spent six days cruising along the Danube, stopping off at three of central Europe’s best markets along the way: Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna.
5. Visit the Ghost of Christmas Films Past
Released almost 20 years ago, Christmas romcom Love Actually has since become one of the most iconic festive films of all time. The Mirror’s TikTok channel looked back at the A-list cast and investigated what the actors have been up to since.
6. Go on a snowy walk… with a camel?
What could be more wholesome than witnessing Albert the Californian camel experiencing snow for the very first time? The Independent shared a video clip on Instagram of excited Albert skipping through the beautiful white scenery. He also rounded up his fellow furry goat friends, making sure they were involved in the snowy fun too.