It’s that time of year again….

It really is that time of year again.

Summer’s over, the kids are back at school, X Factor’s back on the TV and the C word is starting to come up in the conversations all around me more and more.

Which can only mean one thing!

It’s time to dust down the long abandoned Christmas blog and start getting prepared for my favourite time of year.

I’m trying to get organised enough that everything is done by the 1st December so I can enjoy the run up to Christmas with one less thing to think about.

Are you with me?

If you are (and I hope you are) then consider this to be your two week warning and if you haven’t already sorted out your Christmas spending budget and got your mini Christmas organisation book done, then you need to read this post before you do anything else.

I’ll be back!

Activity Advent – Make a paper Christmas Wreath….

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without a wreath, is it?

We have a lovely homemade wreath that Jen made us last year with dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks and a big lovely red bow on it but the kids wanted to make their own version so we decided to make a paper one of our own.

As with most things we make, this is really simple to make and the kids can get as creative as they want which is the idea of Christmas crafting.

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First you need to cut our a circle of card like in the first picture.  I used green card but it doesn’t really matter as i gets covered up anyway so a folded out cereal box or card from a cardboard box would be OK too.  I used a dinner plate and casserole dish lid to draw around for mine.

Next you need to cut out some leaf shapes which is the fiddly bit.  I used sheets of green A4 paper and *may* have cheated a bit here as I folded each sheet of paper in half 3 times so I was cutting out 8 shapes at a time.

Then you can start sticking – my eight year old did all the sticking himself because it’s almost impossible to go wrong.  I just told him to go around the wreath following the pattern of one leaf pointing out one way, one leaf straight forward and the other leaf pointing out the other way like in the picture above.

The final part is the decorating which is where it gets messy.

We used a bit of glitter, some sticky shapes we had and added a lovely green ribbon at the top and I think the finished result looks lovely blu tac’ed to the door downstairs….

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While we had the glitter out we decided to make a few decorations for the tree by drawing around some Christmas cookie cutters and decorating the shapes.  We glued some ribbon to the back and now they’re hanging on our tree making it look all sparkly….

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There’s lots more Christmas Craft ideas here if you want to see what you can make.

Disclosure: we were sent a lovely craft pack to help us enjoy our Christmas crafting.

Activity Advent – Lolly stick tree decorations….

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Easy peasy – glue three green lolly sticks together in a triangle shape and when it’s dry, glue a loop of ribbon to the top of it so you can hang the finished decoration on the tree.

Next you just need to decorate your lolly tree with anything you have – ribbon, sequins, pom poms, random sticky shapes…. Anything!

When it’s dry, hang it on the tree for it to look beautiful and be admired by everyone who sees it ;-)

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Activity Advent – Snow flavoured ice cream….

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Seeing as there may be snow in the next few days I thought now would be a good time to share one of my favourite recipes of all time – Snow flavoured ice cream!

First you need to send a small child outside in to the snow with a big bowl to gather up some clean fresh snow, making sure that they know that the top of the wheelie bin is not the best place to gather clean snow from!

When you’ve got your bowl of snow, you need to put in in the freezer for a while so it doesn’t melt while you sort out the rest of  the ingredients, otherwise it’ll be snow flavoured milkshake and not snow flavoured ice cream ;-)

Next, mix 1 cup of milk, 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence together in another large bowl.  Add the snow bit by but to the milk mixture and just keep stirring until it looks like ice cream.  It’s ready when it gets to this point and you need to eat it straight away because it does melt quite quickly!

Add more snow if it’s a bit watery and pop the bowl back into the freezer to harden it up a bit.

Pity that it doesn’t snow more often or this would definitely be a regular in our house!

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