Christmas can be a wonderful time, but for many of us it’s a day that we edge closer to with a mounting sense of dread and sadness. For many of us, the inevitable expense and logistics that come with negotiating a successful family Christmas. For yet more of us, Christmas brings with it a series of emotions related to traumatic experiences that are only exacerbated by the relentless enforced joviality of the season. Those of us who have lost someone around Christmas time or have spent their childhoods with little to look forward to over the festive season can find it extremely difficult to muster the goodwill and enthusiasm that go into every cup of Christmas cheer. It’s an emotional ordeal that would tax anyone but for those of us with children the problem is compounded. Image Credit Kids make Christmas, that much is a self evident truth. Their smiles as they behold the glimmering tree, their excitement as they tear through their gaudily wrapped gifts and their unbridled joy shine brighter than any tinsel or fairy lights devised by human hands. However, there are some of us for whom even this is not enough to undo the pain or […]
There will come a time in the year, most likely after Christmas, where you will want to start thinking about having a clear out at home. We did this last weekend and I asked the children to choose some fabulous toys to take to charity, to help make another child’s Christmas a happy one. You will want to get rid of your old possessions and pieces of furniture, ready to make room for all the new things you received during the festive season. However, when it comes to clearing out your home, you will also want to get the kids involved and get rid of their old toys.
It is never too early to get into the festive spirit, and one of the best ways for you to do this is by taking on exciting Christmas craft projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to create gifts that your loved ones are certain to enjoy, decorations that will look stunning in your home, and edible delights that are sure to get you through the cold winter months. If you are searching for inspiration, you will need to read on. Below are seven Christmas craft ideas.
I have come across some wonderful gifts for children over the past few weeks and I thought it would be really helpful to list them all in one place, to offer some inspiration for families. You might need one more extra gift for your child, or a niece or nephew to buy for still. Whoever it is for you will get some good ideas below in my gift guide:
As you may remember, the Constants are little Build-A-Bear Workshop fans and we recently went and did a little building for a good cause, Children in Need. We got a spots of fun pup with an outfit and Princess Celestia from My Little Pony – one of Isla’s favourites at the moment.
The Two Fairies at Marks & Spencer sent Isla a lovely Christmas parcel to make her very own Christmas tree angel decoration and we just had a whole lot of sticky fun making them. But our Christmas tree looks very special.
Currys are giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win their very own External Hard Drive, this can be extremely useful over Christmas to back up all those lovely photos and videos and for us bloggers – keep a back up of the blog! They come in handy for all sorts of things and I can tell you briefly from the Curry’s page that this hard drive is very lightweight and portable, just what you need when visiting friends and family over this festive period. Don’t forget it might make someones Christmas too, so you can always wrap it up! So what do you need to do to win this very useful prize: Leave a comment on this post telling me the last time you used Currys or you visited their website. Tweet: “I would love to win with @mummyconstant and @CurrysPCWorldUK http://wp.me/p2923n-WD #12daysofconstantchristmas RT” Like the Currys Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/curryspcworld?ref=ts&fref=ts and write on the wall “I would love to win the External Hard Drive with Currys and MummyConstant, http://wp.me/p2923n-WD. “. Competition closes at noon Wednesday 12th December 2012. Winners to be announced on the 12th December 2012. Good luck.
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