Abodus Advent Calendar 2020

2020 has been a strange year for us all. We know that with travel restrictions in place, you may not be able to get home this Christmas. While this Christmas period may not be what you hoped it would be, that doesn’t mean that it must be all bad! If you can’t get home and you are staying in your student accommodation, we’ve put together a list of 24 fun and festive activities to keep you busy during Christmas this year. Read on below for an idea per day to keep the Christmas blues away:

  1. Hot Chocolate and feel-good TV. Curl up on the sofa in your comfiest tracksuit bottoms and with your fuzziest throw blanket, and enjoy a hot chocolate in your most festive mug. Turn on the telly and watch this playlist of our favourite feel-good TV shows.
  2. Make your own virtual Christmas cards. This year has been all about doing things virtually, so why not create your Christmas cards in the same manner? There are plenty of great choices for virtual Christmas cards out there, but these Elf Yourself cards are our absolute favourite. Include your best selfie, choose your theme and voila! It’s guaranteed to give you a great laugh whilst making it, and it will certainly put a much-needed smile on the faces of your loved ones this Christmas.
  3. Bake the best Christmas biscuits. Pop on your favourite Christmas playlist and get your baking essentials ready, but make sure you make plenty of extras! This recipe is guaranteed to fill your flat with gorgeous smells, and your stomach to the brim!
  4. Attend the Abodus Virtual Christmas Party. We’re kicking off the Christmas season early this year! Join us from 9pm and party into the night with DJ Mark Farge for some great music and festive vibes. We’ll be running a Christmas jumper competition, so be sure to come with your best, funniest OR tackiest Christmas jumper for a chance to win some great gift vouchers!
  5. Get great gifts on a budget. After such a strange year, everyone could use a great gift this Christmas, but not at the risk of breaking the bank! Read our alternative Christmas gifts and Christmas budgeting blogs to get ready for the festive season ahead.
  6. Join a festive virtual Christmas market. Support small businesses this Christmas from the comfort of your own flat. Attend a virtual Christmas market like this one and get all of your Christmas shopping sorted in one go!
  7. Dance off the biscuits. Remember those yummy Christmas biscuits that you made a few days ago? We bet you have since eaten them all! Why not counter-act those calories during our TikTok dance class? A good workout and a good time in the same instance? Yes, please!
  8. Write out your Christmas wish list and letter to Santa. We’re sure you’ve had your loved ones pestering you for your Christmas list so that they can get their shopping sorted. Get organised by making your list using this fun design, and even enjoy a festive childhood favourite activity by writing a letter to Santa, too! (Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too old to believe in Santa! 😉)
  9. Donate to a food bank. ‘Tis the season for giving back! And here’s the perfect way to do so, without costing you any extra money: Donate your non-perishable foods before you leave your accommodation for the festive season. Find your local food bank here.
  10. Play ‘Among Us.’ This new app is much like the classic party game, ‘Wink, Wink, Murder,’ and it has taken smart phones everywhere by storm as of late! Play this fun virtual game with other residents who are staying on site for the Christmas period.
  11. Official Christmas Jumper Day! Put on your favourite Christmas jumper, whether it is tacky, cute or just plain fun! And don’t forget to snap a selfie and post it on Instagram, tagging @abodus_student_living.
  12. Have yourself an eco-friendly Christmas! Check out our blog for a huge list of the best ways to ensure that you have a low tox and low waste Christmas.
  13. Make your own homemade Bailey’s hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is good, but Bailey’s hot chocolate is even better! Enjoy one (or a few!) of these yummy drinks while decorating your flat, FaceTiming a loved one or snuggling up on the sofa with a good book.
  14. Enter our giveaway competition on Instagram. Win two Amazon Echo Dots— One for you and one for a friend. All you have to do to enter is tag a friend you’re thankful for, and who you want to give back to this Christmas! Enter via the giveaway post on our Instagram page.
  15. Deck your Halls. Is there anything better at Christmastime than homemade decorations? Take a look at these easy, fun and affordable decoration ideas and channel your inner crafter!
  16. Host a game of virtual Christmas Bingo. Just because you can’t go out to Bingo at the moment, that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the Bingo to you! Download this Christmas Bingo template and get all of your loved ones together for a virtual Bingo night, and don’t forget your dotter!
  17. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. The festive period can sometimes feel a bit lonely, but it’s the perfect time to bring people together, even if it’s over a Skype or Zoom call. Phone up an old friend or family member and let them know you’re thinking of them, and don’t forget to wish them a Merry Christmas!
  18. DIY a festive wreath. When you’re decking your halls, don’t forget the most important part: The door to your flat! Others might not be able to see the inside of your flat in person, but you can give them an idea of just how fab it looks by making one of these festive wreaths for your front door!
  19. Play “This or That? Christmas Edition!” If you need something to get you feeling festive, then look no further! Take five minutes to fill in this template and share it with your friends on social media so that they can do the same.
  20. Take time to wrap your presents today. Don’t make it feel like a chore! Turn on your favourite Christmas playlist, get a virtual fire on the telly and get your gifts wrapped perfectly using this method.
  21. Make some mulled wine and enjoy a few of your favourite festive films. Sit back, relax and enjoy one of these Christmas classics with this mulled wine recipe. We can’t think of a better Christmas-themed night than this!
  22. Make your own Christmas Crackers. It’s nearly Christmas now, and it’s time to get your Christmas crackers at the ready! You could just buy your own, but where’s the fun in that? Create your own using these instructions and get yourself into the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas!
  23. Bake a tasty chocolate yule log. Your Christmas biscuits have been gone for quite a while now, and it’s Christmas Eve Eve, which means it’s time to do some more baking and munch to your heart’s content! Try this recipe and if you love it, why not share it with your friends?
  24. Get a festive playlist on and get ready for Santa’s arrival! Whether it’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or “Jingle Bells,” get in some last-minute Christmas tunes, hang up your stocking and set out Santa and his reindeers’ goodies. And don’t stay up too late or you might miss Santa altogether!
  25. Happy Christmas from Abodus Student Living! We hope that you have a wonderful day, full of all of your favourite drinks and snacks, and virtually surrounded by your loved ones.