We're on the last stretch to the big day and chances are you're stressed out so I'm going to show you a couple of things I use to keep the kids amused and some fool proof tips to make sure you get to Christmas Day in one piece, looking your best and feeling like you own the world - it can be done just let me talk.
Keeping the kids amusedOk, they are massively excited which is a good thing but they're bouncing off the walls and driving you nuts and school's only been shut one day. Even if you're not a huge craft enthusiast this worked for me.
Take out all of last years Christmas cards, if you don't have any then find some different coloured paper and cut out letters from each card. If you don't want letters use a template for a snowman, Christmas tree or stars.
Christmas bunting to decorate your main room or the kids rooms. I had some miniature pegs but you could use a staple gun, paper clips or sticky tape to attache them to the cord.
Christmas Fruit Tree
It's December 24th and the day is really dragging out, the kids are under your feet and you need to keep them occupied THIS is your baby, a Christmas Fruit Tree which they will then eat for tea and won't cause a sugar rush.
The base is an apple and a carrot and you will need lots of toothpicks or kebab sticks and then let them pin the fruit into the apple and carrot to form a tree like shape, longer sticks at the bottom and smaller at the top. I used melon (and used a cookie cutter for the stars) strawberries, grapes and blueberries to fill the gaps. It took a long time but if you put on some Christmas music and let them loose they'll be fine PLUS they provided for the occasion
Another great amusement for the kids is to prepare some Christmas biscuits, for this all you need is the basic biscuit ingredients and some sprinkles and writing icing to decorate. The dough takes minutes to prepare and they can roll and use cutters. The biscuits are cooked in minutes and cooled as quickly and then let them loose on the decorating after all they'll be the ones eating them right?
My very last tip is something I started last year and I'm so pleased I found it I'm repeating it this year
Let your imagination run wild. Your Christmas Eve parcel can contain letters from Santa with instructions and warnings or just a nice note to say he's thinking of your child. Use what's best for your situation. I always add new pyjamas, a family DVD with popcorn, and reindeer food plus other bits and pieces. I will put the parcels under the tree whilst the children are upstairs or out. The excitement of finding a parcel BEFORE Christmas under the tree is really quite something to behold, it works and helps set the way for a very enjoyable Christmas day.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and thanking Donna for allowing me to have some space on her fabulous blog