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Christmas prep

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Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 19:58:50

I'm going to keep a kind of diary of some of the things I make and do for Christmas.

If anyone wants to join in they are welcome.

Maybe we can swap ideas. smile


First of all I collected up the pruned tendrils from my Wisteria, and wound them around each other to make a wreath.
Still needs a few more strands to plump it out, but when finished I will decorate it.
Not sure whether to go for the trad. Christmas red and green with bits of glitter, or maybe skandi type with natural fir cones cinnamon sticks etc., finished off with a velvet vanilla coloured bow!
I'll have to take a look in the Christmas craft box(es!) to see what is looking the nicest.

Next persuaded my husband to bring down the many boxes of trimmings etc., down for me to check through, and they are now stuffed under the dining table until I get to decorate the house later on.
I cant ask him to trudge them back upstairs, too much stress on the knees!
It gives me the chance to look through and see what is looking a bit jaded and decide if I should buy new.

Found the outside lights and tested some to see if still working. Yes, so arranged them strategically in the back garden.

We had cut back a large tree a couple of weeks ago, which left the view from the window a bit empty, and I didn't like it.
So we dug out a large pot, heaved it (well he heaved I steadied it) onto the sack truck and wheeled it into position.
Then stood the largest pruned branch (about 3ft) into it and filled the pot with earth to hold it in place.

The branch is nicely twisted so I spent a couple of days on and off winding lights around it to emphasise its lovely shape. Fiddly but the effect is very pretty.
Then I filled the top of the pot with some trailing variegated ivy, (being sold off at 50p a pot).

Now I've left the lights off for now, as it is a little bit early!
But I'm looking forward to seeing them everyday from my window over the Christmas period.
It's the one thing that perks me up when the clocks change and windy wet winter seems to stretch out before us.

M0nica Fri 11-Oct-19 20:18:13

The Christmas Spreadsheet will be opened up on Tuesday evening, to the sound of Christmas music and Christmas planning will start.

Meanwhile, I do already have a collection of stocking presents and other trifles purchased over the last 10 months, hidden in a drawer.

Christmas decorations and the like come down from the loft the last weekend in November.

grapefruitpip Fri 11-Oct-19 20:19:54

memo to self........avoid at all costs and let people enjoy their thing.

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 20:32:16

Tut tut, grapefruitpip … shame on you.

You should have kept that memo, as you said, to yourself.

Especially as you say you want to avoid Christmas, and this thread is clearly under the heading Christmas!!

You old killjoy

grapefruitpip Fri 11-Oct-19 20:33:25

mmm, killjoy, yes I will accept that.

midgey Fri 11-Oct-19 20:34:31

If you prefer an Eco Christmas you should avoid glitter which is very unfriendly!

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 20:40:23

M0nica … well I'm not so organised as you sound, I don't have a spreadsheet!

But I do like a bit of craft now and again, and although it's easy to become jaded with the commercialism of Christmas, I like to focus on the Carols or the history, and traditions.

One day I'd like to make embroidered Christmas cards, but that's a bit too much for me at the mo.

I think its nice to mark the passing of the year with seasonal things.

I'm in the middle of knitting a Christmas cardi for my nephew's little girl.

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 20:44:40

Ooo Midgey ...You're so right! I should have remembered that it's a problem.
I've got small tubes of it left over from when my children were young.
So I wont be buying it.
So does that make it ok to use?

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 20:46:23

grapefruitpip… Well so you should, no one is forcing you to comment.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Oct-19 20:47:20

It isn’t really for Christmas more autumn, but I’m going to collect lovely coloured autumn leaves and preserve them in glycerine, then using the long stems from the garden and making a circle the poke the leaves in to make a wreath.

Made Christmas Chutney today

Sillygrandma5GK Fri 11-Oct-19 20:47:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 20:49:39

midgey … Don't worry, I've just looked up a eco supplier.....if I even get to use it!

More reason to go skandi!!

Thanks for reminding me smile

grapefruitpip Fri 11-Oct-19 20:50:29

namsnanny, that was rather rude. A sense of humour bypass?

Keeper1 Fri 11-Oct-19 20:52:55

Is it too early to put the sprouts on grin

MawB Fri 11-Oct-19 20:56:15

🤢🤢🤢 Sprouts should have been on by the end of September - oh dear, that’s your Christmas ruined grin

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 20:56:58

Oh dear! Sillygrandma … No not for you, enjoy your dark room bye grin

grapefruitpip Fri 11-Oct-19 21:00:17

Namsnanny, please enlighten us as to your fun filled shenanigans?

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 21:03:41

MawB …. grin Yes the traditional slimy sprout!!
Never been a star in our house, with only me liking them.

Everyone in my family is vegan now.
Even so they wont be wanting sprouts if the past is anything to go by!

grapefrutpip … Sorry was I too rich for your blood? As they say now My Bad grin

midgey Fri 11-Oct-19 21:04:23

Good for you Namsnanny!
Whitewave around here there don’t seem to be many colours...the trees seem beaten and defeated by all the rain, I hope you have better luck where you are.

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 21:18:09

grapefruitpip …. I'm keeping a type of diary of Christmas crafts and makes.

Which maybe, like minded crafty people may wish to add to, sharing their ideas and makes with everyone.

But its only for Christmas not St. Patricks Day so no leprechauns I'm afraid wink smile

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 21:26:07

whitewave … That sounds really lovely. What made you think you'd like to do that?
Could you send us a photo when it's done, only if you'd like to of course? smile

Willow500 Fri 11-Oct-19 21:34:06

I've just made two gnomes from old socks and a piece of fur off an old gillet - they're stuffed with cat litter (unused of course) as I read that rice needs to have the bugs killed by freezing it and I was too impatient.

I've also prepped a ceramic Christmas tree and stand tonight ready to paint over the weekend. I did a Santa train last week and enjoyed doing it so moved on to bigger things.

YouTube has a lot to answer for grin

Namsnanny Fri 11-Oct-19 21:46:42

Willow ….You've been very busy smile.
You are quite sure the cat litter was unused, aren't you? grin
What will you do with them?

BradfordLass72 Fri 11-Oct-19 23:20:51

It will be summer here of course and many people decorate inside and outside their homes.
I do neither and won't even have an artificial Xmas tree.

I would never, ever kill a tree for Christmas, and this was my philosophy long before we got eco obsessed aware.

The few cards (it's all digital now) I get will be placed on a small shelf in the kitchen and possibly used as gift tags for the prezzies.

But my favourite thing is a family tradition, now carried on with my grandson, of hiding small gifts around the house and garden, and giving him written clues to find them.
Such fun for all of us.

This year, I shall not be at home but at my son's house with dil and dgs.

I've been asked to make and take the Yorkshire pork pie for Christmas breakfast; the brandy butter for the mince pies and the Xmas Pud. For this last I make the milder, buttery version we've always preferred.

At least one major gift this year is a subscription - can't wrap that up!
Not sure at this stage what else will be given.

It makes a big difference when you can't get out to the shops to browse for lovely things and take part in the Christmas atmosphere.

Mind you, there's no impulse buying either grin

Littleannie Fri 11-Oct-19 23:29:18

It's only October for goodness sake! Bah humbug.