The top 5 most frequently asked How to questions this Christmas.

According to the annual Google Trends the top five most frequently asked “How to…” Christmas related questions this year were:

  1. How to make a Christmas wreath?
  2. How to make Christmas decorations?
  3. How to cook a Christmas Turkey?
  4. How to draw a Christmas tree?
  5. How to decorate a Christmas tree?

That’s give me plenty of ideas for great blogs over the coming months.  This year we had lots of people reading my “How to cook a turkey” blog from a couple of years ago.  This blog looks at 6 top tips from professional chefs that you can use in your own kitchen. Its worth reading again and trying these tips next time you do roast chicken as the same tips work for that as well.

Top Christmas related How To's 2015

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Mantlepiece runner for Christmas.

I spotted the brilliant handmade Christmas mantlepiece runner earlier today when Cruickshank Crafts posted a picture and a link to their blog marking 6 months until Christmas.

 mantle piece runner for Christmas.

I love this type of handmade and personal Christmas decoration.  I find this so much more stylish than anything you’ll find in the shops.  Anyway I thought I share this with you today, well ahead of Christmas to give you some inspiration when planning your Christmas decorations.  I highly recommend popping over to Cruickshank Crafts to read the full article.   Last Christmas I pointed out a few Christmas tree’s that had been decorated with mostly handmade decorations.

Christmas tree decorated with homemade Christmas decorations

It may not be for everyone but why not try and get the family involved this year in making the decorations for the tree rather than just buying ready made decorations.  It’s a great way to spend cold rainy weekends with the children in October, November and December…

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New Christmas Tree Gallery

I do like to see a Christmas tree which has been decorated simply or with lovely personal homemade decorations.

 Christmas tree decorated with homemade Christmas decorations

 

I’ve now added a Christmas Tree Gallery page to this site where I’ll be posting pictures of Christmas tree’s.  I hope these give you some inspiration when you are deciding how to decorate your tree this year.

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Christmas Bargain

I never buy Christmas cards for next Christmas in the January sales as it just doesn’t seem in the spirit of Christmas. In fact, buying Christmas cards and wrapping paper is probably one of the first things to do on my Christmas ‘To do’ list. However, I am willing to take advantage of the January sales for those Christmas finishing touches. I talking about Christmas Decorations, cake decorations table runners, etc. As these things are usually overpriced to begin with it seems sensible to take advantage of the sales.

Although most of the sales are now coming to an end there are still bargains to be found.  For example, John Lewis are talking sales anymore but there are still items reduced.  On my list are some Christmas cake decorations.  It saves the thought of icing actual words on the top of a cake.

Christmas Cake Decoration

Another bargain are Christmas Crackers which are great fun but not worth spending too much on.

 

Christmas Crackers

 

Don’t delay and miss out!

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5 Christmas decorations ideas you can make with your kids

We encourage guest blogs and we’re please to bring you this guest blog from Michael Curtis. If you have similar inspiring good advise or stories please get in touch.

 

Five Christmas decorations ideas you can make with your kids

Two years ago, on dark and stormy late April evening, a hole appeared in our roof.

Why, dear reader am I bringing this up on a Christmas-themed blog? Because this particular hole appeared right above two boxes of Christmas decorations. One was filled with sparkly tat accumulated from years of early December runs to Wilkinson’s. The other, above a box of decorations made by my Sister and me when I was 6. A sparkly cone with wings and the sort of terrifying demented face that can only be created by a 4-year-old girl had adorned the top of our tree for 22 years. Its horrifying gaze was as much a part of Christmas for us as minced pies and burnt Yorkshire pudding, and we genuinely mourned its loss.

So, without further ado, I humbly present a guide to creating brilliant Christmas decorations with your kids that will be both cherished and will scare away burglars for years to come.

1) There’s a Christmas tree on your Christmas tree.

Take some cardboard. Take something Christmas tree shaped, (in our case, It was a shape for cutting biscuits.) Take a pricstick, and some glitter. Combine. Stick a hole in the top, tie some string in there. Break up the inevitable glitter throwing fight. Success.

2) Paper chain!

Your kids will fight doing this, for the first ten minutes. It is, after all, not as immediately exciting as, say, beheading terrorists on the Xbox. Then, when you’ve half-bullied them, sweatshop style, into creating a 3 meter long paperchain, their little hearts will swell with pride and they’ll start tying bits of paper into a chain for hours on end until they come up with something that is far too long to fit into any room constructed by mere mortals. Keep any important documentation out of reach.

3) Arial The Little Mermaid Fairy

There was a period in the Early 90’s when the Little Mermaid was cool. Then it was not. And that left a free Little Mermaid doll. 2 winged shaped bits of card and a metric ton of glitter later, we had a beautiful half fish-half fairy to sit atop our grandparents tree, trying to lure the other decorations to a watery grave with its irresistible sirens call. Tell your daughter that you’re going to teach her how to turn her toys together into ‘magical Christmas fairy’s’ and she will try and donate everything she owns. This same strategy works when getting your kids to recycle, for the record. My niece genuinely believes that somewhere in the world is a magical fairy born of a Tango can.

4) Gingerbread men

Torturing your kids by hanging sweets and cakes in their eye view for weeks and not letting them eat any of it is part and parcel of what Christmas is all about, darn it. Decorating Christmassy gingerbread men with icing with your kids is what’s known in Northern parts as a ‘rite laff’. As is figuring out the resulting mystery of ‘who ate the legs off all the Gingerbread men’ 3 days later. (Pro-tip; It was probably the Dad)

5) Little Santa Hats

I don’t know why we made so many of these as kids ? Our Christmas tree looked like a collection of trophies from a hunt of a thousand elves. Simply put – Take red card, wrap into a cone, glue together, stick some string on, stick a bit of cotton wool on top, voila!

There you go. 5 ways to make decorations that your kids will love, and will leaving you finding bits of glitter around your house for years to come.

Bio; Michael Curtis currently works for Hallmark Cards in the Christmas department where he basically gets to do the above with industrial-grade equipment. Its ace.

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