I must admit I have little Noah’s birthday to celebrate this weekend and the thought of Christmas is looming in the shadows of that but it hasn’t stopped me starting to prepare: decorations, advent calendars and yummy Christmas recipes, along with some Christmas crafts that we can all get involved in over the festive period. I have put a collaboration of bits together to help inspire those of you who want to get started with the shopping but not sure where to start!

Christmas Decorations


I love making my house look Christmassy and this year I have purchased a few new items that will look lovely on the mantle piece, hanging on door handles and decorating the kitchen units:

  1. Memo Holder With Hanging Hearts a gorgeous little card display that will look perfect in the kitchen
  2. Noel” Christmas Wooden Block Letters “ this will look brilliant on the mantle piece with my candles
  3. CHRISTMAS COTTAGE T-LIGHT HOLDER I purchased two of these candle holders as I thought they would look beautiful on the mantle piece on a bed of cotton wool to look like snow
  4. RED JINGLE BELL WREATH DECORATION I love hanging things from door handles, this red wreath would look lovely around the front door so everyone see’s it as they leave the house

Christmas Crafts


I am so excited to sit and make the PAPER CHAIN KIT VINTAGE CHRISTMAS with the children this year, they are just old enough to take part in fun little activities like this – we are going to decorate our kitchen with fab paper chains so that it feels really Christmassy over December and most probably January too! The Make Your Own Little Christmas Friends Craft Kit make for a great Christmas craft activity that we can also use as little presents for people too. I love making things to give away, it makes it mean so much more.


Counting down to Christmas

I have always wanted to do my own advent calendars for the children and make the surprises on each day a little different from a chocolate face or shape, so this year I have purchased them a lovely 50’s style advent calendar and I plan to put homemade sweets, cakes and little tiny toys for them to count their days down to Christmas day.

Christmas Recipe

I love baking especially when there is a theme to the baking, I love the Christmas style muffin cases, especially as they are square. This recipe is a brilliant recipe for Christmas:

[yumprint-recipe id=’20’]I love Christmas, a time for family and a time where everyone comes together to celebrate and be happy. This post was written to be part of a fantastic dotcomgiftshop competition.


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