Gift-giving is so fought with pit holes : we give and get so much stuff, that we don't really want or need. Our planet is drowning in our plastic waste. SO what are the alternatives, if you want to show someone you appreciate them through a gift, but don't want to buy yet another thing. Give an experience! An expereince is perfect ... for the unexpected friend or … [Read more...] about 15 Last-minute Gift Ideas, Experience Gifts
Christmas, over the last century has morphed into this "magical" holiday where we are all supposed to be with family, being super happy, with an abundance of food and presents. Christmas films perpetuate this idealistic world of happy endings and miracles. The pressure for perfect in immense! (No wonder it's the time of year with the highest suicide rates in the Western … [Read more...] about Have an Imperfect Christmas!
Each year the first Sunday of Advent just creeps up on us and I'm frantically trying to make or buy (without breaking the bank) some arrangement of Advent candles to light on our festive table, our Christmas table decorations. The Advent Sunday dinners are special, though sometimes they are Sunday lunch, or Saturday dinner or, even a Monday dinner. It's a pretty hectic time … [Read more...] about Super easy, beautiful Advent and Christmas table decorations kids can make
Here's a confession... as far as I can remember, our kids had never been to see Father Christmas in his grotto. Was it because it felt a bit kitsch, or perhaps simply because preschool or school had always done the job for us by providing Father Christmas or Dutch Sinterklaas at the right moment? Either way round, Santa's grotto was now shrouded in mystery and magic equal … [Read more...] about Santa’s Grotto at Wyevale Garden Centre and the Dreaded “Does Santa really exist?” Question
The Winter Wonderland is a huge pop-up festive theme park in London's Hyde Park, returning each year. This year they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary, and the list of entertainment and activities is mind blowing. You can go ice skating, enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the German Christmas market (probably in that order!), whizz down an iceslide, enjoy a cup of hot … [Read more...] about Winter Wonderland Hyde Park