Welcome to day 2 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Eggnog Cookies. I have to say that I’ve never tried traditional eggnog. We always have snowball drinks at Christmas which is made from Advocaat but I think Advocaat is different to […]
Welcome to day 1 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Rudolph Gingerbread. Everyone loves gingerbread here. KayCee and Ella look forward to making a gingerbread house each at Christmas time, not only is it fun to do, it’s delicious! We all […]
We’ve rounded up some Christmas craft ideas for children of all ages from the craft advent posts we did a couple of years ago.
KayCee and Ella had great fun making all these crafts and did an excellent job.
You can find links to all of the Countdown To Christmas 24 advent Crafts on my Pinterest board
Christmas Craft Ideas
The children have sprinkled magic reindeer food on Christmas Eve for many years. Sometimes we bought it from the school Christmas fair but they much preferred it when they made their own. We’re going to be making bags of reindeer food for the younger cousins […]
Like the song says, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s definitely true for me. I love everything about it, including all the planning and organising that leads up to the big day.
It’s made even more special when you have your own family Christmas traditions. We seem to add a new one each year!
Special Tree Decoration
Buy a special tree decoration for your baby’s first Christmas. Wrap it and add it to the stocking so they can open it on Christmas day and add it to the tree.
Do this every year and when they have their own home, you can package them all up and give them to your child so they can put them on their first Christmas tree in their new home.
Christmas Mug For Hot Chocolate
A few years ago I started buying Aiden, KayCee and Ella a Christmas mug for their Christmas Eve hot chocolate. We now have a great collection of mugs and I’m going to package them up the same as the tree decorations and give them to the children when they have their own home.
Decorating For Christmas
We always decorate for Christmas on the first Saturday of December. We put Christmas music on and I put the lights on the tree then Aiden, KayCee and Ella hang all their own tree decorations.
While we’re decorating, Ant makes us all a snowball, well, he makes a very weak one for Ella and none for KayCee because she doesn’t like it!
I always buy chocolate tree decorations, not all of which make it on to the tree 🙂
Different Ways To Countdown Advent
The usual chocolate advent calendar is all well and good but it’s not the only way we count down to the special day.
Christmas storybook advent – I bought 24 Christmas storybooks from the charity shop and wrapped them in Christmas paper. KayCee and Ella take turns to open a story each day and we read it at bedtime.
Activity Advent – Pick 24 different activities and write them on little paper scrolls. Roll them up and tie with Christmas ribbon. Pop them in an empty advent calendar – we have one similar to this felt Santa calendar
Random Acts Of Kindness Calendar – This calendar from Coffee Cups & Crayons has ideas for doing a random act of kindness every day of advent.
Make A Gingerbread House
KayCee and Ella love making gingerbread houses; one year we made them as gifts for family and everyone thought they were great.
We used this recipe from Tesco and it’s now our go-to gingerbread house recipe.
Christmas Movie Night
Popcorn, hot chocolate and treats from the Christmas trolley are a must on our family Christmas movie night. We usually watch Elf while snuggling under our Christmas blankets.
We all love movie night and sometimes have more than one!
Christmas Eve Box
Our Christmas Eve boxes usually contain a new pair of PJs, the new hot chocolate mug, some special hot chocolate and a pair of Christmas slippers.
We open our Christmas Eve boxes at night but if you wanted to open yours in the morning, you could put Christmas quiz books, a storybook, Christmas DVD and some chocolate coins in. Your children will have plenty to keep them occupied while you get on with any last minute organising you need to do.
What are your favourite family Christmas traditions?
KayCee and Ella made these marshmallow snowmen for me. Not all of the marshmallows actually made it to snowman status because they were just too yummy and they couldn’t resist them!
They’re great fun to make with young children. You just put 3 marshmallows on a skewer and use writing icing to draw on the snowmen’s features. We used Cake Decor Choco Writers chocolate writing icing. Ella used the red writing icing to add scarves but next time we make them we’re going to use some strawberry fruit winders instead.
Ella wants to give the snowmen hats next time we make them. She’s going to use small biscuits and a Rolo chocolate to make top hats 🙂
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Secret Santa is a great way to cut down on the number of presents you have to buy. Instead of buying everyone a gift, all participants put their names in a hat and each person picks a name out. They then buy just one gift for their secret Santa partner.
A spending limit is usually set and it’s up to the participants whether they buy nice gifts or funny gifts.
Here’s a mixture of nice and funny gift ideas that all cost less than a tenner 🙂
Secret Santa Gift Ideas
- Comes with handy tools.
- The most tooled up black pen ever.
- Hexagonal shape prevents rolling away and getting lost.
- Talk about being Man’s best friend.
- Simply whistle, and voila the device beeps.
- Find your keys quicker than ever.
- A pet with very little maintenance.
- This kitty will grow up to 6 times the size.
- Simply add the tiny cat to water and watch them grow.
Find Me A Gift
- Featuring a retro Kellogg’s Coco Pops 1970s advertising print
- Flavour: chocolate lip balm
- A fabulous explosion of chocolatey goodness
- Filled with mini marshmallows
- Just add warm milk
- Contains 3 hot chocolate bombs
- Not suitable for vegetarians
- Gluten free
- Contains 4 x Muslin bath bags filled with herbs including lavender!
- Bags can be infused in the water and rubbed onto skin like soap
Not On The High Street
This explosive box contains some of the hottest chilli powders ever tested, including current world champion Scorpion Moruga (2,000,000 SHU), a former world hottest Butch T (1,500,000 SHU), the legendary 7 Pot (1,300,000 SHU), and the ten-minute burner Ghost powder (1,000,000 SHU). Each one is beautifully presented in a corked glass bottle.
A contemporary twist on an old English favourite! Delicious humbugs made with real white rum and flavoured with passion fruit and lime.
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