DIY ideas for a merry pre-Christmas

Some Schlosshotel magic for a tranquil Advent season at home

So this is Christmas … Christmas is just around the corner and you’re spending a lot of time at home. Are you looking for inspiration on how to use this time innovatively? Here, the Schlosshotel Team reveals their greatest DIY ideas, from our favourite recipes for Christmas cookies and delicious hot punch to excellent tips on how to pamper yourself or enjoy creative quality time with your kids.

Teller mit Weihnachts-Plätzchen1. Christmas cookies

Kokos Busserl from the SHF bakery

Kokos Busserl taste as delicious as they sound. With our chef’s recipe you can enjoy these sweet Schlosshotel coconut macaroon kisses in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 325 g caster sugar
  • 20 g coconut syrup
  • 20 g honey
  • 10 g white balsamic vinegar
  • 200 g shredded coconut
  • 90 g flour
  • 50 round baking wafers

Method: Beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff. Gently stir in the syrup, honey, and white balsamic vinegar. Fold in the shredded coconut and flour. Place the baking wafers on a baking tray and spoon the mixture onto the wafers. Dry rather than bake the macaroons in the oven at 80 to 120 °C.

Craving more? We also have a tasty recipe for classic Austrian vanilla crescent cookie. No doubt you’ll love them just as much!

Read on for more deliciousness.


Punch im Glas mit Zimstangen und Orangenscheibe

2. Festive Christmas drink

Hot punch from the SHF bartenders

What better way to pair these delightful home-made cookies than with a cup of spicy Christmas punch. Our bartenders’ special recipe guarantees that your punch will be a hit.

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 l black tea
  • 1 l dry red wine
  • 1 fresh orange
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 splash of rum
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Method: First, prepare the black tea and let it cool. Peel the orange and lemon using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler. Then, press out the fruit juice. In a large pot, combine the red wine with the orange and lemon juice and the peels. Add the tea, cloves, sugar, and rum. Slowly heat the mixture while stirring. Don’t bring it to a boil! Once the desired temperature has been reached, strain and garnish with the toppings of your choice. We love to serve our hot punch with a stick of cinnamon and a slice of orange. Chin-chin and cheers!

For the little ones: leave out the rum and substitute the red wine for grape juice, add a bit of sugar and enjoy an alcohol-free version of our punch.


3. Home spa and #metime

Milk and honey bath à la Cleopatra from the SHF spa

They say it’s good to go for a walk or relax after indulging. Let’s just opt for the latter and treat ourselves to some pampering. Whether in the spa, or maybe just your own bathroom, you deserve it. The Schloss Spa is happy to share a very special recipe for a relaxing break at home: a nourishing milk and honey bath inspired by Cleopatra. This bath is great for stimulating skin metabolism and helps to detoxify your body. The bath also provides a good amount of vitamin E, leaving your skin smooth and perfectly quenched. Most importantly, it feels heavenly. You can find out below how to create this soothing bath with just a few simple ingredients and also how you can step the whole experience up a notch.

Cleopatrabad in Zubereitung

Ingredients:

  • 1 l whole milk, preferably goat’s milk
  • 100 ml sesame or olive oil
  • 100 g liquid honey
  • 10 drops lavender or rose essential oil

Method: Combine the ingredients using a countertop or hand blender. Run a hot bath, add the mixture, and carefully blend it with the water using your hands. Relax and unwind. Once you are finished, pat yourself dry so that your skin can absorb all the goodness.

For an enhanced experience: pamper yourself with a full-body salt scrub before the bath. This boosts the healing effects of the bath and is generally good for your skin. Enjoy!

Looking to treat someone else? This bath mixture also makes a perfect gift for your mum or best friend. Fill the princess bath mixture into a decorative bottle or jar.


4. Christmas decoration

Paper ornament from the SHF Kids’ Club

Had enough relaxation? Then it’s time to transform your living room into a pre-Christmas workshop. At Schlosshotel Fiss, the SHF Kids’ Club offers plenty of inspiration for creative Christmas crafts that can be enjoyed by the entire family. How about some home-made Christmas decoration made out of paper?

 

Aren’t they just magical? Now it’s your turn to make these effortless Christmas ornaments.


5. A dream in white at 1,436 metres – Schlosshotel Fiss winter season

At Schlosshotel Fiss, we love the Christmas season for so many reasons – not just the delicious food and drink and decorative crafts. The area surrounding our hotel is magical during the cold season. The Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski region offers plenty of adventures and provides perfectly groomed pistes as well as swift slopes for amazing skiing. Right in between, Schlosshotel Fiss provides an excellent ski-in and ski-out location. We even have a lift that’s waiting to take you directly from the hotel to the piste. For those who prefer a little less adventure, we also offer quiet winter experiences. How about a romantic carriage ride through the vast winterscape of the valley? Or, leave your tracks in the snow and take in fantastic mountain views on a gentle winter hike; it’s a highlight for the whole family. At Schlosshotel Fiss, we have a wonderful selection of winter packages created to make your dream of a carefree and relaxing winter break in the Austrian Alps a reality.

zwei skifahrer auf der piste in serfaus fiss ladis

Remember: sunny days are coming soon. Until then, sing your worries away and listen to our good mood song: Sunny Days Are Coming

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