The Christmas countdown has well and truly begun, with just 58 days to go until December 25th. Are you getting excited? Well, you might well feel a little frisson of anticipation after hearing that we could actually be in line for a white Christmas this year… the first in five long years!

Of course, the Met Office says that it’s far too early to make any predictions about what the weather’s going to be doing come the last week of December, but the chances are always there that we might see snow in Trafalgar Square… so we’ve got our fingers crossed at any rate.

That said, while it might not snow on Christmas Day, we are apparently in line for quite a lot to come our way over the next few weeks. James Madden of Exacta Weather was quoted by the Daily Express as saying: “There will be phases of strongly negative plunges particularly from December to January. This will result in some very potent or potentially memorable periods of cold and snow within this period for many parts of the country, and despite some swings to milder weather at times, the colder periods of weather should be taken seriously and prepared for sooner rather than later, so that people aren't taken by surprise when these wintry blasts do occur.”

So let’s just assume for the time being that bad weather really will hit us this festive period. What can we all do when we’re all snowed in? There’s plenty to keep us entertained at home when sat around our large round tablecloths – so here are three fun ideas to help you keep boredom at bay and spend some serious quality time with all the family.

DIY Christmas decorations

Start to get your Christmas tree ready by sitting down around the kitchen table and making your own decorations. We especially love this idea from Michele Made Me where little twigs from the garden are magically transformed into ice skate ornaments. Could these be any easier to make or any cuter? Amazing!

Family recipe book

Gather everyone around your kitchen table, provide them with pen and paper and ask them to write down their favourite family recipe, as well as writing down just why they like it so much. When everyone’s come up with a recipe, stick them in a journal so you can have your very own family recipe book. What’s great about it is that it can be added to over time.

Have a tea party

Get out your very best china, get everyone to dress up in their gladrags and make sure all the dolls and teddy bears are invited to the best tea party in town. Make some sandwiches in cute shapes using cookie cutters and serve alongside some delicious cupcakes for a really fun snow-day activity..