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Ideas – Christmas

Need some ideas and inspiration for some fun things to do and great places to go? Here are some useful suggestions to liven up a Christmas party and other festive & Christmas activities.

Get Out There on the perfect winter adventure!

 

Christmas 2020 has been and gone, and this strange year is almost over! As tempting as it may be, don’t get sucked into that post-Christmas lull. Instead, Get Out There and burn off those Christmas and Boxing Day calories to get yourselves ready for a better, brighter, healthier 2021 with a festive walk.

To really get you into the spirit, here’s our guide on how to add some festive sparkle into your Treasure Trail to make it the perfect winter adventure.

 

Get Out There with Treasure Trails

 


Before your adventure

 

Normal, everyday adventurers will just rock up at the start of their Treasure Trail and crack on. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, true adventurers know that you need to be prepared before tackling your expedition!

 

Get warmed up

 

You never know what you might encounter on your quest, so it’s always best to get warmed up before you go. That way, it’ll be much easier to escape from enemy agents, chase down the criminal or navigate perilous obstacles. Try this festive warm-up to get your minds in the zone and your bodies ready for action.

 

 

Dress to impress

 

Now that you’re all warmed up, it’s time to get dressed for your quest. Of course, you’ll need to blend in to avoid suspicion. Grab your Christmas jumpers and Santa hats, or wrap yourself up in tinsel and baubles so you can hide in plain sight as a Christmas tree!

 

Pick your codename

 

There’s one final thing you need to do before you’re ready for your assignment – you need to pick your codenames. Given the time of year (and to keep the festive spirit alive) you should pick a Christmas codename to avoid blowing your cover. Take a peek at this elf name generator to see what yours would be!

 

 


During your adventure

 

Now that you’ve got yourselves prepared, it’s time to get out on your Trail adventure! Grab your local Treasure Trail, head to your quest start point and get ready to crack those Clues. There are a few more ways which you can add the festive sparkle to your expedition, though.

 

Be aware of your surroundings

 

Any great agent always stays aware of their surroundings, while detectives make notes for their records. Between your team, decide on a silly hand signal to use whenever you spot something of importance to your festive mission. Let your team know anytime you notice a Christmas tree, bunches of holly or cars in festive green and red colours. Anything Christmassy could be important, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.

 

Hunting down the sneaky Clues

 

You’ve got your hand signal sorted, but you need to come up with a new signal for whenever you track down one of the sneaky Clues. If you know you’re safe from the enemy gaze, shout “Ho Ho Ho I’ve found it!” when you spot the next vital Clue in your quest. However, if you fear you’re under surveillance, you’ll need to be more subtle. Try standing still and making your best impression of a Christmas tree or present so that no one overhears and intercepts you.

 


After your adventure

 

Amazing work, Explorers – you’ve completed your festive mission! Now it’s time to stretch it out, submit your answer and toast your success.

After getting some valuable exercise for mind and body, you definitely deserve to put your feet up and unwind with a post-quest movie. Not sure what to watch? Take this quiz to discover what kind of adventurer you are and get some suggestions.

 

 

Quiz - What type of adventurer are you?

 


Get social

 

Don’t forget to check out the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or find us on Twitter and Instagram! Follow us for regular Trailing antics, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! Plus – tag us your photos of you out on your winter adventure. Not only would we love to see them, but you might also be picked as our ‘Explorer of the Month’!

 


23rd December 2020

Posted In: Christmas

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My Simple Formula for the Perfect Family Christmas

Hi!

I'm Sam.

As well as being part of the Treasure Trails team I'm also the Dad of two challenging loud Peter Rabbit obsessed adorable children!

Max is 7 and Emily is 4.

Christmas Selfie

My wife Lucy and I have been planning Christmas for weeks!

As soon as Bonfire Night comes around, even before the final sparkler has been extinguished, "Operation Perfect Family Christmas" is implemented.

Bonfire Night

OK.

I may have over played MY involvement a tad!

Correction! Lucy has been planning Christmas for weeks and my job is to nod in agreement.

A plan of action is drawn up, detailing when we will be seeing key family members.

Presents have been purchased made by Father Christmas's Elves and we are finally ready for the big day.

Phew! Thank goodness that's over.

There's a lot of pressure to create the perfect magical Christmas and us parents bear the brunt of this stress.

I want to give Max & Emily the perfect Christmas and I'm sure you are the same with your children.

But, as parents, is our idea of 'perfect' the same as our Children's?

The natural reaction is to go BIG!

Hey, you’ve worked hard all year and want to spoil your kids rotten, and I’m certain that there isn’t a single kid in the whole world who doesn’t like ripping open loads of presents on Christmas day morning!

But when does it all become too much?

Becoming Ebenezer Scrooge won’t win you any fans!

The exact opposite of going big on Christmas is to embrace your inner Scrooge! This is something that comes naturally to me!

You’ll certainly save a ton of cash but unless you get enjoyment from seeing children cry (and the rest of your family for that matter!) I wouldn’t recommend this option!

The Secret Formula to the Perfect Christmas is a Simple One!

Spend Quality Time Together!

Let’s be honest, when it's all done and dusted and the kids are back at school, what will they really remember about Christmas?

My natural answer to this question would’ve been all the amazing (and ridiculously expensive) gifts they got from Father Christmas.

That was, until I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this powerful letter written by a teacher!

Spend Quality Time Together

Wow! Who would’ve thought it?!

After wiping the tears from my eyes, I promised myself to make more opportunities to spend quality time with my loved ones!

I for one am looking forward to playing Junior Cluedo with Max (he's going to make a great Treasure Trails detective when he's older!), splashing through muddy puddles with Emily (Peppa Pig has a lot to answer to) and walking hand in hand with Lucy on a local Treasure Trail while Max is hunting for clues!

I'm 100% positive that spending quality time together as a family will make this Christmas one to treasure for years to come!

Merry Christmas & Happy Trailing!

Sam X

12th December 2018

Posted In: Christmas, Ideas

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