Christmas is the most festive time of the year when good will and holiday cheer become of paramount importance. Some people throw parties to show that they are in the spirit of the season while others attend parties or hand out gifts and charity. Whatever function you decide to take up during yuletide, why not show that you are ready for the celebrations in a creative Christmas costume? There are many cool yet cheap ideas outside of typical Santa Claus suits; you just have to be imaginative about it.
Traditional Christmas themes
Rather than the plainness of a red bathrobe and a beard made of cotton, why not consider other traditional themes associated with Christmas? A Christmas tree costume can be a standout look and requires only green clothing and strategically-placed decorations to produce satisfying results. An elf costume is a good way to go too as long as you own the right materials. Footed pyjamas and some fabrics from a craft store for ankle, wrist and waist decorations will be a decent starting position. It’s not an elf costume without the pointy hat, so keep some green felt left over. Alternatively, you could dress up as something simpler like Christmas foods or even a present. Dressing up as a gingerbread man, Christmas pudding, a Christmas cane or even a turkey adds a quirky element to proceedings. Dressing up as a present is a cost-effective option made by cutting head, arm and leg holes into a large box and decorating it with colourful wrapping paper and ribbon.
Film character themes
Films offer some great ideas for costumes, particularly Christmas-themed films. You can purchase costumes based on characters like Buddy the Elf from Elf, Jack Skellington’s Santa from The Nightmare Before Christmas or a Jack Frost-type snow man costume from sites like eBay and Amazon. If you’re budget conscious, then you can make the costume. A snowman outfit is a simple matter of some white felt stuffed with polyfill, gloves, a scarf, a tattered top hat and some orange paper to create the iconic carrot nose mask.
Biblical character themes
Dressing up as biblical characters is as easy as collecting bathrobes, towels and sheets of material in soft earth tones. Figures like Mary, Joseph or the three wise men are traditionally depicted in muted, simple apparel topped off with a shepherd’s staff or decorative boxes containing “gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Buy a pair of sandals for footwear and some soft rope to accessorise the layers as a head tie and a belt. The staff can be made from strong cardboard. It is not advised that you create a staff from wood for children as it can be harmful when used incorrectly.
Literary character themes
The Dickensian characters from A Christmas Carol will probably be the first ideas that spring to mind. Ebenezer Scrooge wears subdued attire that is comprised of a dark suit jacket, a top hat and other winter-based accessories. You can also choose to dress up as one of the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future from the same book. There are costume ideas outside of this famous novel too, with the train captain from The Polar Express being an accomplishable option or even the Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.