Jumping into the kitchen and baking delicious goodies to share with others
sings of Christmas. Pump out your favourite carols (in our house Chris
Isaak and Gwen Stefani tunes makes a return in December) and before
you know it you’ve made enough shortbread to feed the neighbourhood.
Bundle up your homemade treats in any leftover Christmas fabric from
making the stockings and tie off with string. A little tip with small
remnants is to cut the edge with pinking shears for a zigzag pattern and
use as jam or chutney jar covers.
If you are lucky enough to have a rosemary bush in your garden, then try
creating a rosemary wreath as the basis for a fun and festive antipasto
platter. Trim a generous amount of rosemary, wash and then assemble in
the desired shape on a circular plate. Garnish with olives, cheese cubes,
sundried tomatoes and other finger food favourites.
Hang a length of string and peg handwritten messages to be revealed
each day. Some suggestions could be ‘watch a Christmas movie together’,
‘invite a friend over to bake with’, ‘leave a surprise note in someone’s
letterbox’ or ‘call a friend or family member and wish them a Merry
Christmas’. If there is a year to spread kindness and flash a smile at a
stranger it is 2020. After multiple lockdowns and ongoing uncertainty, we
all need a little uplifting boost!!
Fabric is an eco-friendly option for wrapping presents. One method, that is
known as furoshiki, is a Japanese technique using cloth to cover presents.
The item is completely concealed in the fabric and then tied in a knot at
the top. Either leave the edges raw or sew a small hem for more of a
polished tea towel. The idea is that the giftee repurposes the material.
That gets a big tick from us!
There’s also an option of bringing the little people on board for an
afternoon activity of painting wrapping paper. Go it free hand with
splashes of colour, draw reindeers or carve out a potato Christmas tree
and stamp away.
Remember once the hoopla of Christmas is over salvage your winning