A Homemade Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is now officially upon us and if you can manage to escape the hype and the stress that surrounds the holiday period then this truly can be a wonderful time of year. I love nothing more than filling our home with colour and happiness. By getting creative you can also have lots of fun and gain lots of satisfaction whether you’re making something for your home or for others. Crafty Creatives is a great place to start if you’re looking for inspiration. Create your own recyclable cards and gifts with a monthly subscription delivered right to your doorstep.

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BBC Good Food: Pistachio & cranberry cookies

BBC Good Food: Pistachio & cranberry cookies

Loch Arthur Hamper

Loch Arthur Hamper

If time is on your side then nothing says I care more than something which is homemade and as baking is very therapeutic now is the time to whip out your whisk and pull on your apron. Homemade edible sweet or savoury treats make for great stocking fillers and you’re also left with the satisfaction that the finished product is in fact all your own work. Pistachio and cranberry cookies, paleo chocolate macadamia truffles and orange and beetroot chutney can all be packaged beautifully in recyclable glass jars and cardboard boxes with pretty ribbons and will be very well received. You could go that extra mile and even create your own hamper, which foodies will love with locally sourced goodies such as cheese, oatcakes, honey, cold pressed rape seed oil and adding perhaps a mixture of dried fruits, nuts and seeds.

Clove studded orange decorations

Clove studded orange decorations

If you want to make a welcoming impression during the festive period then why not make you’re very own Christmas decoration to hang on your front door. Or even create your own centre piece for your dining table. You could also get crafty by making your own Christmas gifts. I love the idea of clove scented oranges hanging from colourful ribbons and filling the room with a spicy fragrance.

Jamie Oliver's mulled wine

Jamie Oliver’s mulled wine

The most important thing is not to forget all about you. Once you’ve wrapped the last present and written the last card indulge in an aromatic glass of homemade mulled wine, which will promise to warm you up!

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