Crafty ideas for Christmas

I am a fan of Kirstie Allsopp and all things that look nice round the home for next to nothing.

There are some people that like to have a ‘themed’ Christmas tree every year favouring one or two colours and storing or selling anything that clashes from previous years. We have more of an ‘everything from previous Christmases’ vibe to our tree, with clashing colours and styles mixed in with children’s decorations and the odd random bit of wrapping accessories. It looks more like someone detonated a bomb of random Christmas decorations near the Christmas tree and wherever they landed was the end result.

There are, however a few baubles that make me slightly wince to put on the tree, yet I don’t quite have the heart o consign them to another year in the attic without a festive outing.

However, the London department store Liberty, have come up with a brilliant way to ‘upcycle’ these baubles – check out their blog post for a fab idea for Christmas 2014.

(Sorry if for some people this is all a bit too early to talk about Christmas, but at least we are the right side of bonfire night).

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Giving the boot to Father Christmas

My daughter is nearly 9 and she asked me if Father Christmas is real.

I came up with the most realistic response I could think of, ‘Thank God he is real because Mummy and Daddy wouldnt be able to buy you two lots of presents. Father Christmas saves money for Mums and Dads worldwide’. Seemingly satisfied she asked no further questions and I breathed a sigh of relief inside.

Every parent wants to prolong belief in Father Christmas for as long as possible because Christmas just isnt the same afterwards.

The pressure builds every year and you find yourself getting angry with high street retailers for giving the game away. For example, I picked up the Boots gift guide the other day and found a section titled Stocking Fillers ‘great gifts to keep your little ones happy at Christmas’. It made me so angry to read this. I was then thinking up excuses to tell my daughter if she happened to stumble upon those pages.

Marketers forget that children can also read and still believe in FC.

I wish FC was a reality for everyone – Christmas just isnt the same once you discover Dad in a red dressing gown (which is how I found out). I forget what age I was……

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