19 December 2018

December is a perfect time to organise a get-together with your neighbours and get into the festive spirit. It can also be a lonely period for some, so try and take a break from the chaos and spend time with people in your community.

Christmas tree decorations

There are plenty of festive things you can organise with your neighbours, either before or during the holiday season. Here are a few ideas:

Make decorations together

Pull a group together, get crafty and make keep-sake festive decorations. You could make them for each other, add them to your tree or give them as gifts to loved ones. These reusable decorations are easy to make and guaranteed to make your home feel festive. Have a go at making dried citrus garlandshanging felt hearts or these wonderful plastic-free decorations suggested by one of our network members, Emmajo. Take a pic and tag us on social media (@edencommunities) so we can see what you’ve been up to!

Go carol singing

Bring the holiday spirit to your street and go carolling with a small group. Revive this tradition of the past and show off those hidden talents of yours. Not a singer? Not a problem. It’s all about having fun!

Throw an open house party

Invite the neighbours to join your gathering and celebrate the festive season. It doesn’t have to be an all-day/all-night event. Christmas is a busy time, so arranging a rough finishing time will work well for you and your guests. You can also keep it simple by providing drinks and nibbles.

Inviting your neighbours over for a festive toast is great to pencil in during the time between Christmas and New Year; it can be lonely for some as visitors have left and it’s also usually a little less hectic after Christmas Day. 

Keep it small and sweet

If a party isn’t for you, invite a couple of neighbours for a smaller catch up over a mince pie or slice of Christmas cake and a cuppa.

Christmas card and a chat

A Christmas card is a lovely way to remind someone that you’re thinking of them. You can personally deliver cards, which is extra special and it’s a conversation starter! Save the stamps and put some time in your diary to check in with your community. It’s the little gestures that mean the most.

Meeting your neighbours this holiday season is a great opportunity to start talking about The Big Lunch 2019

Chat about initial ideas, get excited about planning your first Big Lunch or reminisce about all the fantastic memories of your last Big Lunch.

Find out about the incredible impact The Big Lunch had last year in neighbourhoods and communities across the UK here. Prepare yourself for a handful of amazing results!

December is a perfect time to organise a get-together with your neighbours and get into the festive spirit.