Preparations are in full swing in the countdown to Christmas.
At Chez Wright we keep it simple. Simple doesn’t necessarily mean quick or convenient, rather a home-made Christmas takes time. Hence we are doing a little bit each week and weekend.
So what did we get up to last weekend?
Slow-cooked Tomato and Cranberry Chutney
First activity was to chop a few ingredients and pop in the slow-cooker to make a Chutney worthy of Christmas Tea. This year dinner will be served at 2pm followed by a ‘choosing tea’ from 6pm. The chutney should go very nicely with leftover turkey, cheese, bread and crackers. Nice and simple! As Chutney needs a month to mature so this was the weekend to get it done.
Homemade Tree Decorations
At the start of November the Kids attended a couple of pottery workshops at the local library. They were fantastic! The first one was making pottery with clay (and it was free), the second class had a small charge but we ended up with some spectacular painted pieces. The Kids enjoyed it so much. Upon collecting the Kids artwork I discovered Jenny from A Time To Kiln had popped some extra ‘air dry clay’ in the bag. This meant we were able to get busy making some more decorations this weekend.
The original plan had been to make the tree decs with salt dough at the weekend, but the Kids really wanted to use up the clay first. In the UK teachers are on strike today, so by delaying the dough decs, we got chance to spend time on them today with some of their friends. They went in a cool oven just after lunch and aren’t ready yet – but I have high hopes! I’ll post a photo on my Facebook page tomorrow (1st Dec) once dry and you can judge for yourself.
This year all adult relatives and close friends will get a handmade decoration to hang on their tree from the Kids. The younger ones get something else – this’ll be revealed next week!
Let’s talk Jammies!
I was so inspired by the feedback left last week about your traditions! One thing that really stood out was the role that Pyjamas played (Jammies as we call them at Chez Wright).
We are very lucky in that from time to time The Bedtime Fairy pays us a visit when the Kids are asleep. The Bedtime Fairy started coming many years ago to improve sleep routines here, and still from time to time makes an appearance. Once my Daughter woke in a completely different bedset and was very surprised! I asked TBF if this year she’d deliver some special Jammies in the early hours of Christmas Eve and she thought it was a great idea – in fact so great she immediately choose a pair for each child. A new Christmas tradition has begun!
Tomorrow is the 1 December, so the advent calendar will be hung….
Handmade by Big Sis last year! She’s a bit of a seamstress 🙂
That’s all the fun stuff – I’m still plowing through the more mundane bits and I will be updating on how I do gifts – but as this was such a long post I thought it best saved for another time.
How are things going for you Guys? All organised and stress-free, or is pre-Christmas panic setting in?
If you’d like to check out what we got up to last weekend click here