Christmas is traditionally a time when shopping, eating and partying form a large part of the celebrations. Yet each sign is unique in its own way, so what does it take to make this time of the year extra special for you?
Aries: an active Christmas
With a low boredom threshold, just sitting around at home watching old films on television probably isn't for you. Confident and energetic, you don't mind dancing the night away at parties as long as there are enough exciting, dynamic personalities to claim your attention. Shrinking violets need not apply! Because you like to stay on the move and enjoy a spot of competition, channel that dynamic spirit of yours into some winter sports such as skiing (indoor or outdoor), tobogganing, or ice skating.
Taurus: a sensual Christmas
Great food, good wine and comfortable surroundings are your idea of a sublime festive season. As a practical earth sign you probably enjoy decorating the home and tree, as well as cooking (and sampling) all those wonderful meals. Any musical talents, especially in the singing line, might be creatively expressed in a choir, or door-to-door carols. With physical pleasures in mind you might also appreciate the occasional massage, especially with oils, or any therapeutic treat that helps you unwind and recharge.
Gemini: a sociable Christmas
This time of year wouldn't be complete for you without plenty of people to talk to, whether it's on the phone, by e-mail or in person. You love popping into their houses to have a chat, catch up on the latest gossip and plan that stimulating get-together. Variety definitely is your spice of life at any time, so you won't stay in one place for long. Exchange new ideas, get out and about, decide on a new class or some kind of learning for the New Year. Lots of parties will also be stimulating for you.
Cancer: a family Christmas
Christmas just wouldn't be complete for you without a large gathering of your nearest and dearest. You love making others feel at home, and something cosy with familiar faces around would suit far more than anything loud and noisy. You're a bit of a softie at heart, with a sensitive, sentimental side, and probably enjoy cooking a big festive meal with everyone around the table. At some point the photographs will come out and you'll curl up in front of the fire or the television to catch up on the news.
Leo: a dramatic Christmas
Let's face it, with all those long, dark, dreary days, this fire sign needs an injection of light and colour. Trips to the theatre, to the opera or out to dinner will lift your spirits – anywhere you can dress up and make an impression. Being cooped up at home or in the kitchen will make you miserable. Head for the bright lights to shop, to buy some champagne, indulge in that spot of amateur dramatics or panto. Failing that, getting away to a Venetian hotel or Scottish castle might be just the touch of fantasy you need.
Virgo: a useful Christmas
You've probably been working on Christmas preparations since March! With your keen eye for detail, this is the time of year when you like to go through all the items on your festive list, checking all arrangements, making sure everyone has just the right present to suit their needs. It's important for you to be of service in some way, so voluntary or charity work, working behind the scenes, preparing a Christmas meal for those less fortunate, might be more appealing than just having fun and indulging yourself.
Libra: a harmonious Christmas
This is the time of year when you like to bring people together, making the right connections and maybe spending time with your other half, that special partner who can make this season truly romantic for you. With your great taste for blending design and colour everything needs to look good, so the decorations will always be extra special. Any Christmas tensions can upset your sense of balance, so the bigger social occasions or intimate dinner parties where you charm as the host or hostess might be more your style.
Scorpio: a mysterious Christmas
You may enjoy the long, dark winter evenings, but too much celebration can irritate that private inner world you need to hide away in. With your keen perception you assess others accurately, so people will find you intriguing and magnetic at any social gathering you do attend. A ghost hunting weekend in that old mansion, Glastonbury Tor on Christmas Eve, or celebrating the winter solstice at Stonehenge might be more in your line, absorbing all those intense energies and utilising your psychic side in a supernatural location.
Sagittarius: a faraway Christmas
Your idea of the perfect Christmas might be another place or country altogether, lazing on a beach in Australia or tracking polar bears in the Antarctic. You love the excitement and fun of Christmas as long as there's plenty of scope for you to explore the world around you rather than being tied down to shopping, eating and watching films on TV. Your idea of heaven is an invitation to more than one party, visiting different friends. An open door to a quick escape is important for that restless spirit.
Capricorn: a productive Christmas
You always find it hard to unwind and let go. Holidays worry you: you always like your mobile or computer switched on for that extra bit of business. The frivolous fun side of Christmas doesn't really appeal. Try to get that leisure/work balance right, indulge your inner child and let your hair down when entertaining. The office party is your favourite kind, mixing business with pleasure, networking with the odd drink or two. A team-building weekend might also be your idea of festive relaxation.
Aquarius: an unpredictable Christmas
Endless plans and traditional get-togethers with the usual relatives or family gatherings are probably not your thing. An alternative Christmas, with vegetarian food mixed with conservation activities, in a group of people who share your values and ideas might suit. You positively welcome the spontaneous or last-minute getaway – in fact you'd probably prefer it that way. Yours would probably be the anti-party party, full of rebels who like to shock with the unconventional, giving any festive gathering that electric touch.
Pisces: a magical Christmas
You love the fairytale fantasy side of this season. You're a romantic dreamer, always longing to escape to other worlds, so any chance to leave that boring everyday routine appeals. Dancing the night away to your favourite music (preferably under the stars) would make your ideal party: you're not one for loud noise and crowds. Singing, particularly in church, might also soothe the spirit at this busy time. Dressing the tree and buying presents will help keep your feet on the ground. A fancy dress party would be ideal, as you're a bit of a chameleon and love to pretend you're someone else.