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12 Joys of Christmas: Play a Board Game

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas

Playing board games are a great way to bring the family together, especially if everyone’s had their fill of Christmas films! There are thousands to choose from, but sometimes the classics are the best.

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12 Joys of Christmas: Christmas Cake Pops

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas

These small balls of cake covered in chocolate and sprinkles are great fun, impressive to look at, and are easy to make as you can use shop bought cake! Keep decorations as simple as you like or show off you artistic flair.  BBC Food has this great recipe here www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/

 

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12 Joys of Christmas: Donate a gift to charity

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Sometimes we have to buy gifts for people who don’t really want or need anything, so how about giving a gift in their name to charity. This idea is particularly good if the person you’re buying for has a connection to a certain charity, if not there are many charities to choose from such as these below:

www.presentaid.org

www.oxfam.org.uk

www.macmillan.org.uk

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12 Joys of Christmas: De-stress with a Relaxing Walk

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A brisk walk may not sound that festive, but it’s a great way to lift your spirits and admire the changing colours of the trees.  There are walks all over the country find some of the best trails online at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/walking/

 

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12 Joys of Christmas: Refresh your home accessories

This time of year we want our homes to feel warm and cosy, which is why it’s the perfect time to start planning updates for your home.  Scatter cushions can add colour to a scheme or soften the overall feel of the room.

Tartan is a big trend this season, especially in home interiors.  We love this Balmoral design in striking red colourway.

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12 Joys of Christmas: Ho Ho Hot Chocolate

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas

Christmas is a time when we all tend to give in to life’s little indulgences, so what better time than to try some decadent hot chocolate recipes.  There’s plenty to choose from online, but we like the sound of these 16 sinful hot chocolates at www.brit.co/hot-chocolate-roundup/

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12 Joys of Christmas: Relax with a calming Candle

The hustle and bustle of the high street can be stressful at the best of times, but just before Christmas it can become chaotic.  Lighting a candle and taking a nice hot bath may be the perfect way to de-stress post shop.  We love this Voluspa French Vanilla Mini Tin Scented Candle from john lewis

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12 Joys of Christmas: Christmas Songs

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas

Around Christmas time we often find ourselves debating the best Christmas songs, and whether you prefer the classics like Nat King Cole, or more modern hits such as Mariah Carey, it’s great to see everyone getting in the festive spirit.  One on the nicest things to do at this time of year is draw the curtains, start up the fire and sing along to your favourites.

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12 Joys of Christmas: Pampering Kit

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas

Luxury body scrubs and hand creams can be very expensive!  So why not make your own?  You’ll save money and you’ll know exactly what’s in them, and you can even give them out as Christmas gifts. We found some great step-by-step instructions here: netmums

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12 Joys of Christmas: Making Christmas cards

The run up to Christmas can be very hectic and it’s easy to forget what this time of year is really all about.  With this in mind we’ve put together 12 activities that are either very cheap to do or free to put you back in the Christmas spirit!  We’ll be posting one a day so make sure to keep an eye out.

Doing something crafty is a great way to keep yourself busy if the weathers looking a bit miserable outside.  You could make your own wrapping paper, crackers or even cards for your friends.  We found these sophisticated yet simple examples of handmade cards online (via hgtv & Etsy), but you can go as ornate as you like.

 

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12 Joys of Christmas: Christmas Markets

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas

Christmas markets are popping up everywhere and are a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas.  Walk round the stalls, buy unusual gifts, sample the huge variety of food on offer, and keep yourself warm with a cup of Mulled wine.  Find your local market here www.christmasmarkets.com/UK

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12 Joys of Christmas: Decorating the Tree

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas, crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favourite things in the run up to Christmas.  There are so many options on the high street, but if you want something truly unique, why not decorate your own baubles?  Check out online tutorials or Pinterest boards for inspiration.  We like these from Hobby Craft’s Christmas Bauble Pinterest page: Click Here

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