Merry Christmas!

Heather Sibley

Oh its that time of year and I'm really getting into the festive spirit! There's so much to look forward to over the Christmas season. Here's a few ideas to get you started In the run up to the big day.

Things to do.

I do believe the Christmas season is a time to try and slow down, put aside the normal stress of life and take some time to really enjoy the company of those around you. So what to do? Well it doesn't have to be stressful. If you have children like mine, who lose attention after 20 minutes or are far too cool to spend time with you, try doing a few smaller ideas. There's nothing more frustrating then planning out the whole day, putting all that effort in and then nobody wants to join in! So here are some simple ideas for less then 30 minutes. 

  • make decorations

D.I.Y Christmas tree. We cut out some green paper to make a Christmas tree shape, stuck it to a door and then asked the kids to make paper decorations for the 'tree'. They really enjoyed cutting out baul bauls and colouring them in. Its a really simple idea that can just be picked up and put down whenever so if they get bored it can be packed up for another day!

Paper chains! so easy but so fun, you could use colourful paper, pages from magazines or even colour in your own designs. 

Or how about salt dough decorations, they are so easy to make anyone can do it! Take this link to the BBC Good food website which has recipes and instructions for how to make them. 

There are so many easy and not so easy options for those of all attention and ability levels. Here are some more ideas.

  • Telling bad jokes. 

Dad jokes aren't just for dads, here are some of my favourite cringeworthy jokes that are so naff you have to laugh. You can squeeze them in anywhere so there's just no excuse for missing them out!

  • What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Ice Crispies.
  • What goes “Oh, Oh, Oh”? Santa walking backward!
  • Why are Christmas trees so bad at knitting? They have too many needles.
  • What's the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? The Christmas alphabet has Noel.
  • What do Santa's elves learn in school? The elf-abet.

Ok, Ok, I will stop now!

  • Board games

The key here is to not get bored playing the board game! Haha, see, the bad jokes can go anywhere. 

Choose games that can be completed fairly quickly, for little ones id say no more then 10 minutes and for older children keep it under 30 minutes. 

Jigsaws are great, if you have somewhere to keep them out you dont have to complete a whole thing. when everyone has had enough just pop it to one side and come back to it through out the day/week. You'll be surprised how addictive it is to come back throughout the day to add a couple of pieces.

 

Giving gifts.

Well less is more in our home. (And no that wasn't always the case!) But gone are the days of conveyer belt unwrapping and piles of toys with nowhere to put them! Of course, in my opinion, the greatest gift you can give over the festive period is your time. We like to choose just a few special gifts to give and focus on the days spent together. 

if you haven't yet found something really special to gift, we have lots of ideas here at Rainbow Nation.

Food.

MMM I love food! And Christmas food is the best! It can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. We like to keep things simple, but Christmas baking is something we all enjoy in our house.

You don't have to follow the crowd, there's no reason not to do your own thing at Christmas, it doesn't have to be the full roast if you don't want it to be, we are having a fry up and I have a friend who does a Christmas day BBQ! And if you want the roast but not the fuss, there are loads of premade 'shove in the oven' options and kits available at the supermarket.

But if you are up for giving Christmas cooking a go, then check out this link for some yummy Christmassy recipes.

There is no right or wrong for Christmas and it should be what ever makes YOU happy. Relax and do something with those who you love and enjoy! I hope you have a wonderful time whatever you decide to do.

With Love,

Rainbow Nation.

XXX

P.S. If you would like a little bit of an interesting read about the historical reasons we celebrate Christmas, click here.



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