Christmas traditions


How to Get Kids to Sleep on Christmas Eve

How to get kids to sleep on Christmas eve is a collaborative post with DUSK Luxury Bedding to celebrate their Christmas Sleep Hub. As an adult, I know how hard it is to get to sleep on Christmas Eve and if I find it a challenge then I totally understand why my children struggle! The excitement, the anticipation and the joy all create a fizzing feeling that stops sleep. I think that Christmas Eve and Birthday Eve are the hardest night of the year to get children to go to sleep. So here are some of my tried and tested tips for getting children to sleep the night the Santa comes more »


How to create a magical Christmas on a budget 1

Christmas truly is a special time of year – an occasion for families to get together and spend some quality time, and a chance to reflect upon the year that was. Plus, there’s nothing quite like the many traditions that go along with the festive season: putting up a tree, decorating the house, wrapping the presents. However, there’s a reason that pockets get tight in December. Gift-giving can set you back a hefty amount, and if you’re short on money, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have the means to make Christmas exactly what it should be. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to have a magical Christmas on more »


Family Handprint Christmas Tree Canvas 12

This beautiful keepsake Family Handprint Christmas Tree is a wonderful piece of seasonal artwork that brings so much joy each year. There is something magical about a collaborative handprint art canvas that fills me with such happiness. Better still I bring it our each holiday season and it reminds me of happy times and when my kids were young. Plus it is great having artwork using their little hands. I mean who doesn’t love Christmas Traditions?


Make your Own Homemade Christmas Crackers

I am a big fan of Christmas Crackers, I love the excitement and anticipation of pulling a cracker at Christmas. So why not make Christmas Day go with a bang by making your own Homemade Christmas crackers. They are a super simple craft, easy to make and you can add your own unique gifts, jokes and party hats in order to personalise your Christmas Day. I know it is super easy it is to pick up a ready-made box from any supermarket, however, in order to get gifts that my family will use and not just tat they are often expensive and really wasteful. I love how making crackers I know more »


10 Family Christmas Games for Zoom 3

Playing Family Christmas games for zoom is a great way to keep your family connected this festive season. This Christmas is going to be very different for a lot of people, us included and we are going to have to adapt our Christmas Eve party to a virtual one over zoom. Hosting virtual Christmas parties can still be fun and will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Lots of businesses have used Zoom to keep in touch with remote employees and colleagues over the pandemic and I have had a weekly chat with my sewing buddies using it for over 18 months.


Advent Calendar Activities with Free Printable 4

Celebrate the build-up to Christmas with these fabulous advent calendar activities for Kids and Printable Activity Advent Calendar. This really is the cutest way to pass the days during advent and to reinforce family values at this special time of year and is full of Christmas activities and Christmas crafts.


Clove and Orange Pomanders perfect for Christmas 1

Clove and Orange pomanders are perfect for Christmas. They add a fabulously festive touch and scent to your home and for me are the smell of Christmas. I used to make these with my mum over advent when I was younger as we never put the tree up until after my birthday on 20th December, so they are so evocative of that time for me.


The Importance of Christmas Traditions 1

The importance of Christmas traditions is a paid collaborative post with Christmas Tree World.  I am not going to lie, this year has been a challenging one in The Mad House, a person very close to us died and it has weighed heavy on my mind and in my heart since. They left behind a young family and that is what inspired this post and cemented my thinking about the importance of Christmas traditions.

The Importance of Christmas Traditions

How to make a DIY Believe Christmas Plaque

DIY Believe Christmas Plaque is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. I adore Christmas and I love creating so it goes without saying that I love to fill my home with seasonal pieces that have meaning. This Believe Christmas Plaque came about to remind my boys’ that as long as we believe in Christmas the magic will always be there. Last year was the first year that both of my boys’ didn’t believe in Father Christmas and we had to have that conversation.  You know the one I mean, that not believing in the big man doesn’t mean that you stop believing in the magic of Christmas. In fact, their job becomes even more more »


5 Magical Elf on the Shelf Alternatives

Not a fan of Elf on the Shelf? Need an alternative way to countdown to Christmas? Then don’t worry we have you covered with these super fun Elf on the Shelf Alternatives. I love the anticipation of Christmas and the build-up to Christmas Day and it is something I really remember from my childhood and have always wanted to create for my family.   So we have some magical and creative ways to countdown to Christmas that are not Elf on the Shelf.


4 fabulous sets of Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Printables. Random acts of kindness perfect to print and use for an advent calendar or kindness jar

Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Printables

It is hard to believe that we have been doing an acts of kindness advent calendar for four years.  It all started when I was concerned that the boys were becoming rather immersed in the commercialisation of Christmas and of advent. I wanted them to understand and learn about Christmas and advent being about giving, so came up with the idea of an alternative advent calendar.


Air drying clay ornements 13

Every year we make salt dough or corn flour ornaments and unfortunately they got damp in storage and they were ruined, so this got me thinking about using Air drying clay for a more permanent Christmas decoration.