Anyone considering a festive party next month could think about making it Christmas fancy dress-themed in order to enjoy something a little bit different. states that there is no need to reserve dressing up for Halloween only, as Christmas is a great opportunity to don funny costumes and be even more merry than usual.

"Christmas offers a lot options for costumes, from traditional icons like Santa Claus and his reindeer to popular holiday movie characters like Scrooge," the website pointed out.

If your party is adult-only and does not have family members on the guest list, suggested you could opt for a sexy fancy dress theme, with Mrs Santa Claus and naughty elves two good ideas.

You could even offer a prize for the best one to encourage a little competition!

Red could be a good choice of colour for your Christmas fancy dress costume if you're a woman, as recent research from the University of Rochester in New York showed that men find it more desirable and will spend twice as much money on someone dressed in this colour than any other hue.