And if you are one of the lovely people in the pro-Christmas camp then you already know the many, many reasons that make Christmas the best time of the year.
And you are one of those miserable 'Christmas is too busy and expensive and commercial and tiring and too much bother' people then nothing I can say will change your mind, so we'll just have to agree to disagree.
But for those of you, like me, who can't get enough of Christmas, here is my round up of the craft, cooking and Christmas capers that are taking place in our house.
I finally got around to making this version of a Christmas tree I saved as a pin I saved two years ago. At our house we have an entry so I now had the perfect spot for it - now I just need people to actually use our front door so someone can actually see it!
I got the reindeers for half price at Lincraft and the small tree at Harris Scarf. I sprayed the bottom of an empty coconut oil jar with gold spray paint and found the pine cones and wood on our block.
All up it cost me about $25 to make and didn't take too long. I used a 60cm x 90cm canvas I bought from a bargain shop for $15 and I cut wood I found in our wood shed to lengths of 55, 45, 35, 25, 15 and 10cm. I used a hot glue gun to stick them on the canvas and then also stuck on a set of battery operated LED lights ($2.50 from Big W). I decorated it with ornaments from our Christmas tree hanging them on hooks I made from thin wire loops. I also decorated it with pine cones I found and clay ornaments I made (see below). I used twine to make the star from small sticks.
Our beautiful dog is getting old and I wanted to make a tree ornament out of his paw print. I made a baked dough using bicarb soda, cornflour and water based on this tutorial from Tips for a Typical Mum. However I couldn't get a decent paw print so I went with the dog bone shape instead.
We also made some as heart and star decorations and made some into gift tags by stamping them with names.
And our table centre piece.
The lights and tree are from typo and the ornaments balls from the Reject Shop. The Angel is a lovely gift I was given once from a client when I worked as a physio.
Our other Christmas craft will involve making some wrapping paper, our Christmas cards, a version of these reindeer bottles for MJ's kinder teachers and this chocolate Christmas house.
Christmas Capers:We have started an elf on a shelf this year - well kind of. I'm using a $3 ornament from the Reject Shop as the elf, but MJ is still loving it. Here are a few shots of what Elfie is getting up to.
We are also celebrating 25 days of Christmas. MJ loves checking our advent calendar to see what Christmas activity is planned for the day.
1. Put up our Christmas Tree
2. Make Christmas Tree ornaments
3. Make our Christmas wrapping paper
4. Make our Christmas cards
5. Write a letter to Santa
6. Visit the Christmas windows
7. Buy a present for the Wishing Tree and food for the Food Drive
8. Attend Carols by Candlelight
9. Make up a new bed time Christmas story, unwrap a new Christmas story
10. Have a photo with Santa
11. Attend Kinder Christmas party
12. Attend family Christmas party
14. Take Christmas photos of boys
15. Watch Christmas movie with Christmas treats and new PJ's (ready for Christmas morning photos!)
16. Visit Christmas lights - maybe even polar express style with a golden ticket and hot Milo in a Thermos
17. Make Chocolate Christmas house
18. Make gifts for teachers
19. Write a 'thankful' list for the year
20. Make Christmas shape dog biscuits for Oke
21. Visit Christmas shop
22. Make a Christmas Carol play list on spotify
23. Christmas drinks with friends
24. Cookies and carrots left out. Attend family Christmas party
Cooking:For most of our Christmas functions we need to bring a salad and a sweet.
My sweets will include:
This amazing layered mousse cake from SugarHero
A Mango and chocolate tart.
And I have to find something that will transport well on a 3 hour drive to Kyabram - maybe an indulgent chocolate slice from Create Bake Make.
My salads will include:
This Couscous, chorizo and zucchini salad from the Woolworths magazine
And I think I'll tweek my usual roasted pumpkin, walnut, spinach, chickpea and walnut salad to include a couple of the festive elements from I Spy Plum Pie's Roast Chickpea and Sweet Potato Salad
And the only Christmas meal I am completely responsible for is breakfast. I think I'll go with pancakes and smoked salmon, avocado and egg on fresh sourdough. Maybe even a homemade sourdough now that the wonderfully generous Celia has sent me some starter from her Priscilla - thank you so very much!
What's happening in your house for Christmas?
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