If you’re looking for ways to to create a magical Christmas, look no further. Prompted by the wonderful Stephanie, who writes and edits Life at 139a, I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to create a dream list of ways to make the holidays special. We come from a range of disciplines: some are expert crafters, others skilled in the garden or kitchen (all areas where I really need some help!). If you scroll down through this post, you’ll find links to inspirational posts on creating home-made decorations, yummy festive recipes and more.
As for me – well, as regular visitors to this blog will know, I write a lot about travel, arts and culture for families, and ways to have fun in London. My own contribution to the list is a post on how to make the most of the free festive fun to be had in the UK capital. From carols in St Paul’s Cathedral to a Christmas Pudding Race and cracker-making at the Wallace Collection, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season without spending a bean. In another post, I’ve put together a round-up of our top picks of London’s family theatre, like the Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, or The Cat in the Hat at the Pleasance. And, in an old post, I explain why Christmas with kids has its own special magic.
Now for the rest. Hang onto your hats – there are some real treasures here.
Stephanie at Life at 139a has some Christmas crafts. Find out how (and why) to bleach pine cones, how to make a Christmas wreath and inspiration for some gorgeous gift tags.
Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins is planning every meal, including how to use up those precious leftovers. Find out how to make a delicious toppings for the perfect leftover Christmas dinner soup. This recipe will make you want to cook extra just for the leftovers.
Catherine at Growing Family is sharing her tips for bringing the outside indoors this Christmas. Find out how to make easy pine cone tree decorations, how to use Spring flowering bulbs to create lovely homemade gifts, and how to choose the perfect real Christmas tree.
Caro from The Twinkle Diaries shares a simple idea for creating edible Christmas tree decorations.
After inviting family for Christmas Lunch, Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu shares her tips and advice for planning Christmas Lunch for a large number of guests.
Jingle Bells, Christmas smells – it really does. Nicky at Not Just The 3 of Us is talking about the memories and smells that Christmas decorations evoke.
Jane at Maflingo has great ideas for festive treats to make with the kids this Christmas. Find out how to make Santa Fruit Skewers and Festive Chocolate Pretzels.
Jocelyn at The Reading Residence is sharing some fun and easy Christmas crafts for children. Find out how to create a Christmas centrepiece, a festive arty keepsake and make kids placemats.