Christmas Star Decorations

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life, Seasonal Holidays4 Comments

Star hanging with ribbon from a door handle

It’s been 4 years since I originally posted this piece about making Christmas star decorations, yet like before, I once again confess that I am not quite ready to bring the tree down from the loft. This year when it comes down will be extra special. Having spent the majority of the year clearing out my mother’s house preparing it … Read More

Our 2021 Calendar of Goodwill

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays2 Comments

Christmas gifts with fairy lights

Despite the drop in temperature and recent snow flurry, I can’t quite believe it is the 1st of December and Christmas is just a short hop, skip and jump away! I’ve written before about how we approach the season through our Calendar of Goodwill, and with the pandemic having impacted yet another year it seems so important to continue our … Read More

Christmas Traditions Around The World

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Christmas scene

I love learning about traditions and tales through the ages. So when better a time to share some beautiful ideas from around the globe than on this Christmas Eve, especially during a year when we perhaps aren’t able to experience them first-hand. Iceland I love the idea of this. Jolabokaflod (roughly translated means “Christmas Book Flood”) is the exchanging of … Read More

Christmas Shopping In 2020 Times

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Christmas tree with bell baubles

Christmas shopping this year will feel different. No doubt about it. So, I am doing things a little differently too. In previous years I have crafted Christmas gift guides that almost exclusively showcase the products of small, independent businesses throughout the UK. You can find them, if that’s what you’re looking for, here and here. There are some truly brilliant … Read More

Have A Merry Mindful Christmas

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Mindful Christmas

Christmas always brings stresses and strains, but perhaps never more so than this year. According to the Office for National Statistics, around a whopping 70% of adults in the UK have noted that they have been worried, stressed or feeling low as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Hardly surprising when the unemployment rate is rising, businesses are struggling to … Read More

Our 2019 Calendar of Goodwill

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Christmas scene

Once again, as the end of the year and Christmas approach, as a family we have spent time thinking about our Calendar of Goodwill. As I have mentioned previously, this is something that we started when Chief was born. We became so conscious that the Christmas season can quickly become a time to expect gifts rather than focus on the … Read More

Self-care at Christmas

JoSeasonal Holidays

Christmas scene

Christmas can be a time where the pressure piles on to feel full of seasonal happiness and goodwill whilst in reality becoming a source stress for many. It can be tough to find the perfect gift, to prepare a meal or to face the seasonal cheer when the damp and dark edges in. In our house we have always tried … Read More

Christmas on Netflix

JoSeasonal Holidays

Christmas on Netflix

The winter is definitely drawing in at the moment with a sudden sharp chill in the air and dull light in the afternoons. It feels like the perfect excuse for early nights snuggled up in front of the telly with a good film or programme on. It’s certainly the time of year that I confess I am grateful for a … Read More

Have Yourself An Eco-Friendly Christmas

JoSeasonal Holidays

Woolly snowman

If you’re a regular here you’ll know that I’m pretty keen on supporting the environment. This seems so much more relevant at Christmastime than any other holiday in the calendar. I suspect that many will have at least heard of the David Attenborough programme Blue Planet II, and if you’ve watched it you will have seen the shocking reality of … Read More

Calendar of Goodwill – 2018

JoSeasonal Holidays

Light up baubles

It’s December and, once more, we have drawn up our Calendar of Goodwill. Our calendar this year is really focused on giving back to those who have helped us over the past 12 months and the local community. I was delighted that the boys have helped again by coming up with ideas, and they even mentioned it before I did … Read More