Christmas can be such a busy time of year. With all the festivities and all the extra things to do, it’s easy for it to pass by in a festive blur. I find it’s really important to stop, take a breath and remind myself to be really mindful about what we commit to as a family, and make sure I am able to enjoy all the special times that December has to offer.
Here are some of the things we do in order to have a slow and natural Christmas…
One thing that is really important to me, is making sure we have time for slow family Christmas traditions. We’ve been in our house for a few years now and as time passes (Bailey will be 6 next year) we are establishing our own traditions. I love to leave plenty of time for us to spend at home where we can lose ourselves in a bit of Christmas crafting. With some festive music, mulled wine (for the grown ups) and perhaps a mince pie or two we’re more than happy for the whole afternoon.
I thought I would share with you some of the simple and natural decorations that we love to make for our home at this time of year.
I try to make space to do some creative things by my myself, little rituals that help me slow down and drop into my breath – my slow moment for the day. Each year I enjoy making at least one handmade wreath for our home.
Whereas some of the activities are crafts we can do as a family. I’m trying to instil in Bailey that one of the special things about Winter and the Christmas holidays is that extra time you get to spend with family. It’s a very exciting time for children and it’s easy for them to get overstimulated. By doing plenty of quiet activities with Bailey at home it helps to keep her calm and grounded during the festive season.
When we’re getting our Christmas craft on it’s essential to have lots of bowls and containers to help. I have a thing for lovely ceramics and stoneware and it’s great that Denby’s Studio Craft range mixes and matches with our current vintage pottery. All these beautiful handcrafted stoneware bowls pictured here are from Denby – timeless pieces that will go on to be loved and used year after year. They are a perfect addition to my collection and fit wonderfully with my antique stoneware plate (see third picture below).
One of the great things about December are all the wonderful christmassy smells that start to float through the house. Baking orange slices is the perfect way to make the house smell deliciously christmassy. Combine that with the smell of a real Christmas tree, cinnamon, cloves and some star anise, and they are the nostalgic smells of Christmas to me.
Making cranberry garlands is really easy, and there are lots of creative possibilities as you can add wooden beads, bay leaves, orange slices and popcorn if you wish. I have to confess though that if we make homemade popcorn, most of it ends up being eaten straight away and not added to the garlands.
For the first time ever we’re having Christmas in our family home this year and my folks are coming to stay. This of course means we are having the all important Christmas lunch at our family table. I therefore thought it would be lovely to spend a bit of thought on how I will decorate the table and those extra special handmade touches.
I wanted to make a little gift that could be used at Christmas next year, so I decide to make these little star tree ornaments.
They were really simple to do, just follow the instructions below…
- Simply roll out the Sculpey clay (available here)
- Use a cookie cutter to make the shape you want
- Create a hole at the top to put your twine through to hang your ornament using a kebab stick
- Bake in the oven at about 275 degrees F for about 10-25 minutes
- Leave to cool
- Thread the twine through the hole and tie to create a loop
It’s really wonderful to be able to enjoy the process of making something and to create our own decorations, which in turn helps us to have a slow and natural Christmas. To be establishing our own family Christmas traditions for Bailey feels pretty magical too. I hope this post inspires you to create your own family traditions.
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Enjoy the slow days at home with your loved ones.
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