My Christmas wish list | with The Works

My Christmas wish list with The Works

I know. I mentioned the Christmas word. Yep, I said it again. But, I’m one of those people who starts getting excited about Christmas in September, so you’re lucky it’s taken me this long, really! Not so much Christmas present shopping, but I love browsing and buying everything else Christmas; books, decorations, crafts, movies – I could spend a fortune! I love visiting our local The Works as they stock so many bargain bits & pieces, and I find them great for gifts, also.

I’ve recently been browsing the Christmas section of The Works website and have put together a little wishlist. Just in case anybody is planning already, like me. 😉 I do have an even longer list in my head though!

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Craft tutorial – Egg box Christmas trees

We’ve been doing quite a few Christmas crafts this month – mainly stolen from Pinterest I will admit – but this one I just thought up when I bought some eggs in a green box. Egg box Christmas trees! (Obviously with a plain egg box they would need painting too). It does involve a little adult help for cutting the cones from the egg box and possibly putting the glue on them, but the sticking allows children to be creative with their trees and makes a very simple enjoyable activity. This is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers, as even Noah managed to sit through the whole craft and enjoy himself! They are a lovely decoration to put in a keepsake box, use for future Christmases, or give as gifts to family members or visitors.

Materials needed

  • an egg box
  • PVA glue
  • sequins
  • glitter paper
  • pom poms
  • Cut out cones from egg box and paint green if needed.
  • Dot glue about randomly on cones.
  • Stick on decorations.

A magical Christmas with the Portable North Pole

Since I discovered the Portable North Pole a few years ago, Jacob has had a message from Santa every year without fail. Last year though was the first year that he really understood about Father Christmas and he was absolutely mesmerised while watching his personalised video. Both boys loved their videos this year, even Noah was excited at watching his, and J wanted to watch his again & again! It is such a lovely idea on the countdown to Christmas, especially if children don’t manage to visit him in person.

This year the PNP is back – bigger & better than ever before! You are still able to create a free video, and there now many free activities available including crafts, stories, and colouring in; but within the premium collection there are even more videos to choose from! There is also the option of obtaining a bundle pass for parents who wish to create more than one video, which is brilliant for us so both boys can have one! The pass also unlocks an exclusive Christmas Eve video and the option to download your video in HD so you can keep as a memento for years to come.
In the true spirit of giving at Christmas, the PNP elves will also donate 5% of all online sales to Children’s Hospital foundations around the world. And if you wish to upgrade from a free video, I have a code for you to obtain 20% off your purchase – just use the code

at the checkout and off you go!
Merry Christmas from me and the PNP elves!

Christmas candy cane & cranberry brownies | Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I love a brownie. The way I like them – fresh out of the oven warm and gooey. I haven’t baked brownies for ages but with the Christmas season upon us, I thought I would get experimenting. With these two festive favourite flavours – candy canes and cranberries – I decided that they would be delicious in a brownie. I was right; these are amazingly gooey, minty and the cranberries give a sharp tang. Read more

24 Advent Activity Ideas For Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers

The 1st of December is upon us, which means the Christmas countdown has officially begun! The boys have chocolate advent calendars from relatives, and you may remember we received this wooden advent calendar from Hobbycraft to review last year. I was a bit last minute with it then, but this time I have compiled a list of activities which I have put inside so we will have some Christmas fun-filled days in the lead up to the big day – some of them may even involve Buddy the Elf again 😉
I’ve been scouring the web for activities and here are the ones I have decided we are going to be doing – the boys still have such short attention spans that most of them are quite simple and easy, yet lots of fun!
Make Christmas cards
North Pole breakfast
Delivery of letters from Santa
Christmas colouring pages
Drive around looking at Christmas lights
Christmas jumper day
Attend a Christmas party
Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
Choose Christmas books from library
Help decorate the Christmas tree