Sunday, 21 November 2010

Simplify Your Christmas; It's the little things that count

I love Christmas for so many reasons. It brings back such great memories of having all the family together, having a real giggle and it is just as amazing now with Baby Belle here to join us all. We all lead such busy lives it seems that Christmas is just the ultimate excuse for some warm and cosy family time.

When I look back on all the years it isn't the expensive presents I remember but the time itself and the people who made it special.  So I thought I'd share with you some ways to make Christmas fun without the expenditure.

1) Games - OK it is cheesy and typical but they are FUN and more often then not we end up in fits of giggles. Some of our favourites are charades and cranium.

2) Walks - There is nothing like a good old fashioned walk on Christmas day to help you appreciate everything you have, especially if it is snowing outside, it adds to that festive feeling!

3) HomeMade - One of the consequences of living in America as a child is my craft making addiction. But it is not a bad thing. I love making gifts and homemade cards are so nice to recieve as they take time and effort.

4) Cook - I often make the neighbours chocolate truffles or cookies. They are cheap to make and they are always appreciated...who doesn't like truffles and cookies right?

5) All in the words - Why not write a close relative or friend a letter or poem or even a song if you are musically inclined.

Something which I came across the other week which I absolutely love the idea of are ethical gifts from the Oxfam Unwrapped range...these are people who really need gifts this Christmas. I have added an example below but there are many things you could buy for example for £11 your money could buy a chicken for a family in developing countries. Or for £9 you could help maintain a safe water supply or set up a school or village for the first time, or restore the supply after an emergency.
Product: Protect Women

Worldwide, thousands of women and men are breaking the silence on domestic violence. This gift helps them speak out – supporting everything from radio shows and protests, to petitions and street theatre. Whatever it takes to bring change to their communities. This only costs £ a good dead this Christmas.


  1. Mmm, this is the simple but seriously good way to experience Christmas. For me, it's just not the same without homemade gingerbread men!

  2. Oh of did I forget to have Gingerbread men!