15 Ways to Have a Budget Friendly Christmas

JoSeasonal Holidays

Christmas on a budget - image of simple home decorations

Cost of living increases are hitting everyone hard. Pennies are being pinched on the weekly shop, when utility bills hit your inbox or annual insurance renewals come through. It’s fair to say that with Christmas on the horizon even those who have been saving a little throughout the year will be focussing on budget. How can we give our families, … Read More

Our 2022 Calendar of Goodwill

JoSeasonal Holidays

2022 Calendar of Goodwill tree bombed with knitting

It’s here, our 2022 Calendar of Goodwill! If you’ve been reading my blog a while then you’ll know that this is the 12th year that as a family we have pulled together a list of good deeds and charitable things to do during the month of December. This year feels as though we’re back to being full steam ahead following … Read More

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome – A Review

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Santa's Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome

Please note that this was a gifted experience. All thoughts are my own. Excitement rose as we descended the stairs to the 2022 Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome recently. We had been invited along to see what is in store at the Tamworth venue for visitors this year over the Christmas period. I love finding family orientated experiences to … Read More

Stepping into a Winter Funland

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Winter Funland display boxes

Aptly named, Winter Funland is best described as a large indoor funfair, with added extras. We were recently invited along to the Winter Funland at the NEC*. With energy levels lagging at the end of an extremely busy school term for us all, we hadn’t got much in the diary to bounce us in to the Christmas spirit. I wasn’t … Read More

Christmas Star Decorations

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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

JoSeasonal Holidays

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

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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

Family Activities during a Lockdown Christmas

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gingerbread man near coffee mug

What a year. This time last year, as we were squeezing in last minute Christmas grottos, parting with pennies at school fayres and marvelling over sparkly seasonal events, none of us would have expected that 12 months on, everything would be virtually halted as the result of a global pandemic. The Christmas school holiday this year looks so different. Some … Read More

Covid-19 and the Traditional Family Christmas

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mom and son looking at the christmas tree

With restrictions in place, I suspect it is fair to say that many of us are feeling the strain of Christmas more acutely than ever before. When have we had to choose a small and select group of family or friends to socialise with over the festive season, and stick to only seeing those few? How often do we have … Read More

Christmas Shopping In 2020 Times

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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