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A fresh approach to the festive season

T’is the time for novelty jumpers, sorry Secret Santa gifts and soggy turkey sandwiches. Or is it? Could it actually be the time for mouth-watering feasts, clever gift-buying and classy clothes? In sponsored_longform with Smint, we’ve decided to freshen things up this festive season and do things a bit differently. Join us! 

1. Never run out of wine

Whether you’re hosting a spontaneous Christmas party or attending one, turning up with a half-drunk bottle of Cava is only acceptable once. To ensure you don’t have to resort to quaffing the white wine vinegar, sign up to a wine delivery service like dropwine.co.uk, which delivers quality wine within the hour in London or give Oddbins a call in any major city. It’s the antidote to hastily-purchased overpriced corner shop options.

2. Christmas jumpers get a metal makeover   

If jumpers featuring Christmas puds with sweet little faces or snowmen flying kites aren’t your bag, invest in a heavy metal/rock and roll festive pullover instead. Bands such as AC/DC and Black Sabbath have all dipped a sardonic toe in the Christmas knitwear market and the results are surprisingly brilliant. 

3. Leave the country

Experience Christmas abroad with a European city break. With three night stays starting at just £159pp at Thomas Cook, you can wander into a festive wonderland in Wenceslas Square, Prague, where twinkling lights illuminate breathtaking architecture and traditional wooden huts sell hot goulash. Or have two nights in Vienna, where the first ‘Krippenmarkt’ was recorded at Schonbrunn Palace in 1298, for just £121pp with British Airways.

4. Take the pressure out of presents

Say goodbye to your annual last-minute gift-buying panic and instead sign up your loved-ones to a fun and thoughtful monthly subscription service. Pact delivers boxes of freshly-roasted coffee beans to subscribers’ doors every month, while The Naked Marshmallow Company drops off cosy selections of handmade marshmallows and hot chocolate.

5. Embrace panto (non-ironically)

Panto is finally receiving the recognition it deserves with household names practising slapstick around the UK. Cinderella at the London Palladium promises the most star-studded cast with Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden, Julian Clary, Lee Mead and Nigel Havers all looking bewildered while a lively audience screams, “He’s behind you!” 

A fresh approach with Smint

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Smint, great tasting sugar-free mints, deliver a fresh state of mind and a boost in confidence. With 40 mints per dispenser or 50 mints per tin, you can feel reassured that wherever you are, whatever the occasion, you’ll be facing things head on.Available in Peppermint, Spearmint and Strawberry flavours (all sugar-free), take a fresh approach to the Christmas season with Smint. 

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