Christmas


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Gifts for strangers

Yup, I have been doing the Random Acts of Kindness again. Yesterday morning the father and son from the “Syrian resettlement” family was on the radio. Their English was broken, but they came across the air waves as wonderful people. The son was 13 years old, the same as my eldest son. I felt for him as he described terrorists “taking” his town. He’s a normal kid, from a troubled country. He had no say in where he was born or the conflict going on there. I decide I’m going to welcome them to their new home. I try to find out more about the family, and now know the approximate ages of the other children. The lad is getting Lego Technics – my own 13 year old says it’s a decent gift, and he’s an expert on being a teenage lad afterall. The daughter have a pink kitten TY […]


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Happy Christmas 2

I just thought you would all appreciate a Christmas card? I am not doing cards this year, (have you seen the price of stamps these days!?) I’ve made decorations for local friends though. I’ve sent a parcel of dog toys and treats to the Dogs Trust instead of wasting lots on stamps.


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Last minute Christmas tree craft 14

I don’t really do Christmas cards anymore. Instead I’ve made a little gift at a similar price to a card but with way more love, care and cute. I was looking at my craft box carrier bag (sorry) and thinking what I can make. Last year I made some friends heart shaped decorations using red and green checked tea towels, bright ribbon and some pound shop jingle bells. I had started a bit of a tradition, the lovely ladies I meet for coffee (almost) every week would be expecting something cute.


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Have you written to Santa yet? 3

Christmas is about making things magical and special for the kiddies isn’t it? It isn’t about the price of presents, or the size of the turkey. Apparently the current generation of parents are determined to keep their little elves children believing in Santa. The NSPCC surveyed 2000ish parents, and the findings of this are below. Personally I think I’ve lost the “believe I Santa” thing with my boys, D hasn’t believed for years, and this year Jen tells me he doesn’t want “any silly gifts from Santa – I know that’s just YOU writing in your wrong hand!” Even if I have lost this fight, I intend to keep trying a bit longer, just in case. They will get a letter from Santa, we will feed the reindeers and we check out NORAD Santa radar together a few times on Christmas eve.   The nation’s favourite family Christmas tradition for parents […]


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Lego hunting! 8

Earlier this week a dear blogger buddy wrote on social media she had forgotten to buy her son his normal advent calendar. This wouldn’t sound a problem to most parents but I realised my friend was rather upset and I was determined to get a Lego Star Wars advent calendar to her son somehow! View image | gettyimages.com I had been trying every website I knew, both for instore and online stocks. All sold out. I wanted to give up as I felt I might not be able to sort this…. But I am far too stubborn to quit. I phoned my local radio station and explained that Lynn’s son was really upset, and I really wanted their help. My plan was to ask the local people to hand one in – maybe there was one in a small independent toy shop that I had never heard of? Maybe there […]


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Gloucester Victorian market 5

This weekend my family and I went to Gloucester Quays Victorian market. Gloucester quays does events like this at various times of the year, and they do it rather well. There were lots of stalls, food huts and a few fair rides. We didn’t go with the intention of buying lots of money, more like browsing for ideas.


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Homemade Christmas Gift – Tea for Two

If you want a cheap but thoughtful Christmas present then I’ve an idea for you. We made homemade biscuits from one of the millions of recipes easily found online and displayed them in a cute way. Firstly we make biscuit dough and roll it out to about half a centimeter thick and cut it into various sizes of stars using cutters. When these have cooked and cooled slightly arrange them biggest at the bottom, sticking the stars together with icing as you go.


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Today Is #XmasJumperDay 2

Did you know that you can make a real difference by wearing a festive jumper and donating just one pound? Save the Children is asking people to make the World better with a sweater. This is to help raise money for their life saving work, which helps the most vulnerable children, in the poorest countries, with things such as vaccines and mosquito nets. Save the Children work in more than 120 countries.


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Shloer Crafternoon Tea and WIN (ended) a Bottle 30

Recently I attended Shloer’s brilliant blogger event “crafternoon tea”. It was cakes and posh sandwiches, coffee and crafting with a whole lot of Shloer. Fabulous idea! A lovely dinning room in a posh hotel, and the Makery were teaching us how to make homemade hearts as Christmas tree decorations from ribbons and small bits of fabrics, and buttons and things. I made 2 hearts when I was with Shloer, and now I’m tempted to upcycle old clothing into gifts. Who wouldn’t want a homemade tree decoration made with love by a friend or relative? If only I had a sewing machine, I’d be dangerous!