Christmas is just around the corner and I like getting the family involved in making home-made gifts and traditional christmas ornaments. I’ve got lists of ingredients and crafting supplies and the fun will start this Sunday with making batches of mincemeat for Stir-Up Sunday. Having a more home-made Christmas doesn’t have to complicated. It might take a bit of time but it is time you can spend together. Here’s some ideas for a more home-made Christmas.
Family members often appreciate traditional Christmas ornaments and thoughtful home-made gifts from children. Handprint keepsakes are really special and these Christmas Tree Handprint Ornaments are easy to make, as well as being a lovely traditional Christmas ornament gift for a grandparent, or an Auntie or Uncle. You could even try some Christmas Crafts for Older Children and make some beautiful Christmas wreaths, or a Chocolate Santa sleigh!
Bookmarks are very easy and cheap to make, as well as being a great gift for the book lovers in the family. I love this cute Reindeer Bookmark and it would be a fantastic gift to give along with some Magic Reindeer Dust.
Salt Dough Christmas Decorations are easy and great fun to make and if you don’t have time to make the shapes and bake them before-hand then you can always use some Christmas Printables to occupy busy fingers whilst the salt dough is baking.
I love the smells and the delicious festive treats that this season brings. We’ll be making mincemeat this Stir-up Sunday. The house fills with spice, fruit and warmth. It’s my favourite time of the year. I love having edible home-made decorations on the tree like Christmas Tree Biscuits or an adorable traditional Gingerbread Men Garland.
There’s lots of my favourite Christmas recipes to enjoy too. We’ll be enjoying Christmas Crumble, Christmas cake, Mulled Apple Juice and delicious hot chocolate… the list goes on!
It’s also a great idea to bake home-made gifts for friends and neighbours. Ginger Passion Stars are very festive and would be a fantastic gift inside a traditional Christmas tin box or a home-made cardboard or paper box. Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies are simple, delicious and a lovely gift for friends or neighbours. These Peppermint Snowmen are really cute and are a fantastic gift for family and friends.
Children love making gifts for teachers. These Hot Chocolate Santa Gifts are easy to make or you can re-package treats in a home-made style like these Chocolate Snowballs in a Jar. If home-made is too much at this busy time of year then have a look at these ideas for Teacher Christmas Gifts.
Christmas is a time for giving and spending time together
If you want to enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable holiday season then have a look at these tips for a Stress Free Advent and do the things that your family enjoy. Don’t feel pressured to do something just because someone else is doing it too.
Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about giving and kindness to others so think about taking part in schemes like Operation Christmas Child, the Reverse Advent or a homeless rucksack appeal. There are lots of ways to get involved with helping others.
Will you be including some home-made and traditional gifts and decorations in your Christmas this year?