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Homemade Advent Calendars – Christmas Crafting…

Only traditional advent calendars are allowed in our house. No chocolate Hello Kitty calendars here I’m afraid. Luckily we have very little resistance to this – as yet! This year we decided to create our own advent calendar to add to the 2 traditional calendars already lined up on our mantlepiece waiting for 1st December.

Here’s how we did it, it’s very easy so do give it a try. To help keep the suspense of what’s behind each door, why not get everyone to create one and then swap so they’ve no idea what lies underneath.

Our easy guide…
What you need:

  1. 2 x pieces of card
  2. Very sharp scissors/knife (for the grown up!)
  3. Glue
  4. Pens – or other decorating tools if you fancy

What you do:

  1. Draw a lovely Christmas scene on one of the pieces of card
  2. Turn over the card and draw Continue reading
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Homemade Christmas Pudding – Y U M M Y !

We’re a little late with our Christmas pudding making this year but there’s still enough time to let it mature and taste extra scrummy.

We absolutely suggest making your own too. I am definitely a Christmas pudding convert in the last 10 years. Homemade is most definitely the way to Christmas pudding perfection. It’s also a family tradition to get together, make the pudding and each have a stir and make a wish.

If you fancy a try, here’s our recipe (tried, tested and very, very yummy!). It’s enough for a large pudding for 8.

Ingredients (excuse the ounces, my grandmother doesn’t do grams):

  • 8oz Moist Brown Sugar
  • 8oz Sultanas
  • 8oz Raisins
  • 8oz Currants
  • 4oz Candied Peel (personally, I can’t abide the stuff so Continue reading
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Christmas Craft Fun – Homemade Christmas Cards

homemade christmas cardsAnother advent afternoon, another afternoon of Christmas craft fun. This time, we were making the rather unexciting task of writing our Christmas cards exciting.

Last year we kept all our Christmas cards so we could have some craft fun this year – and the end results were pretty fab!

We got out our Christmas craft glitter, glue and pipe cleaners and got to work. With a little cutting skills, some skillful gluing and some hidden sellotape and blue tack we made some superb Christmas cards that the aunties, uncles, nannies and grandads will all love. A special homemade gift.

What you need:

  • Card – you can buy blank cards from stationery shops, we just folded in half some card we were lucky enough for Daddy to provide Continue reading
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Christmas Craft Fun – Pretty Paper Baubles

Christmas tissue paper baubleWe have spent the afternoon up to our elbows in tissue paper. We decided to try and make some pretty Christmas paper baubles to add a homemade touch to our tree, I have to admit it took a couple of attempts but the results are very rewarding. Opening out the bauble in all its beauty is a proud moment!

If you feel like having a go yourself there’s a little how-to below. A couple of pointers from us though:

  • We found glue sticks the best type of glue to use as they didn’t make the tissue paper soggy (our first attempt was about 60% OK, 40% soggy!)
  • Keep the glue dots quite small and as even as possible for a more even looking bauble

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Christmas Craft Fun – Santa’s Workshop

Last week we paid a visit to our local pound shop. If you haven’t visited one recently, go and have a wander round. We found some really fantastic Christmas craft ideas for just a pound a time. You can also pick up some bargain Christmas decorations for cutting up and making new masterpieces.father christmas' craft workshop

I’m sure they’ll be lots of posts over the coming week showing you the different craft fun we’ve had from our local pound shop but this post is highlighting the Santa’s Workshop we found.

All together in one pack, all we needed to was stick together and add a little imagination to decorate. Since making the fabulous little workshop we have had several hours of fun making up Christmas storries, imagining what’s in the presents and reenacting Father Christmas visiting our house on Christmas Eve.

You could always give this a go yourself, you would just need glue, sellotape, some foam sheets and a creative imagination. We would normally start from scratch but at a pound, we just couldn’t resist.

Take a little trip yourself and see what you can find.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Christmas Lanterns

christmas paper lanternsI imagine you think we must have reached the end of our Christmas papercraft inspiration, fear not, it’s only just beginning! Today’s fun was creating Christmas lanterns to hang up anjd decorate your home this Christmas.

String them in a line and hang across your hallway to welcome visitors or in the windows to share the beauty with the outside world.

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Homemade Christmas Gifts – Apple and Cranberry Chutney

Following on from our fabulous chocolate truffle Christmas gift recipe, we’ve been busy in the kitchen whipping up some tasty Apple and Cranberry Chutney.  It goes perfectly with cheese and cold meat so makes the perfect homemade gift which can be opened and enjoyed on Boxing Day.

Your Christmas Chutney IngredientsHomemade Christmas Chutney:

  • 1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped
  • 500g eating apples, peeled and chopped
  • 450g onions, sliced
  • 50g fresh root ginger, finely chopped
  • 1tsp peppercorns
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 250ml cider vinegar
  • 500g cranberries

How to make your Christmas Chutney:

  1. Put all the ingredients except the cranberries in a large saucepan
  2. Gently heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Bring to the boil and reduce heat
  4. Simmer for about 50 mins stirring regularly until the apples and onions are soft and the mixture is thickened.
  5. Add the cranberries and cook for another 10 mins or until the cranberries are softened but not burst.
  6. Spoon the mixture into jars and seal.
  7. Keep in a cool dark place until time to wrap up.
  8. Once open keep chilled.

Our little ones loved designing gift tags to attach to the jars with ribbons or why not package up with some nice cheese? Either way, it’s a great gift for food lovers and we’re sure it won’t last long into the New Year!

A little tip old jam, pickle and chutney jars are perfect for this. Start collecting them now to use for next year’s homemade Christmas gifts. Then just cover with a square of material and tie with ribbon for a perfect, homemade festive gift.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Nativity Pegs & Spoons

wooden peg and spoon nativityWhat a fabulous way to spend a late November afternoon. As you will have realised by now, we are counting down the days to advent to count down the days to Christmas. Almost every craft, drawing and painting game we play is Christmas related but today was extra special fun.

We performed our own little nativity play – twice –

What you need:

  • Spoons
  • Pegs
  • Craft bits and bobs – buttons, wool, paper, felt, straws and more
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A captive audience

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Christmas Craft Fun – Christmas Angels

christmas angel papercraftOnce again we’ve been preparing our home for Christmas and this time we decided to create an angel or ten to decorate our shelves, window ledges and fireplaces.

They’re really easy to make which is great but it does mean you can quickly end up with a flight (the actual name for a group of angels, I looked it up) of angels.

They’re great fun for 2 year olds and 10 year olds alike (though your 2 year old will most definitely need a lot of assistance to make sure there isn’t a wonky fairy in the flight!).

What you need for your your angel:

  • paper (relatively stiff)
  • scissors
  • a compass, circular things to draw round or a stead circle drawing hand
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Christmas Lights Night

Christmas Lights Turn On WitneyWe know Christmas has been creeping up on us but tonight it well and truly arrived in our town. We spent the evening in the town centre waiting for it to be illuminated, knowing it would last until the last mince pie has been eaten and Father Christmas and his reindeer have settled down for their New Year rest.

If you have the chance to go and see your local Christmas lights being turned on, don’t stay in like scrooge. We had a lot of fun wandering around the stalls (making money for local schools and charities), eating pig roast rolls and drinking warm ribena. We saw a 9 foot real life Christmas fairy and her Christmas tree friend (did you know fairies high five? We found out tonight – much to the delight of our 5 year old companion), real life reindeer – disappointingly with their stable trailor next to them rather than their sleigh, a Father Christmas ice sculpture and a steam engine!

But wait – who turned the lights on I hear you ask. Well, we had the town rector, the mayor and a man in a suit. AND!!!! For those of you that also had Christmas light nights tonight and thought Continue reading

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