A planet-friendly guide to disposing of Christmas-related waste

As the festive season comes to a close (sob!), it’s time to think about eco-friendly ways of dealing with any Christmas-related items we no longer need. Despite most of us doing our best to recycle what we can, we still throw away two million turkeys, one billion cards and enough wrapping paper to reach the […]

The best toys to buy children for Christmas 2023

In case you’re short of ideas for the young people in your life – or want to buy a surprise gift that’s not on their list for Santa, here are the 10 best toys to buy children for Christmas 2023! Just to mention that I’ll receive a small commission on products purchased via affiliate links […]

Lists, pages and sections to include in a Christmas planner

I always recommend using a Christmas planner with lots of space for lists and notes to help you get organised for the festive season. Whether it’s your own DIY version or a bought physical or digital planner, they’re a great way to keep your festive plans on track. The more organised you are, the more […]

The best Christmas cookie recipes

This week I’ve been planning my Christmas baking – so I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes with you. It might seem a little early, but I like to make sure I’ve got enough time set aside so it doesn’t become a chore and I really enjoy this delightful Christmas tradition. […]

How to decline Christmas party invitations


I know lots of people feel guilty about not wanting to attend every festive event they’re invited to – including me. So in this blog post I’m sharing techniques to help you decline Christmas party invitations quickly, easily – and without feeling bad. When you think about it, promptly and politely saying ‘no’ to an […]

Christmas food ideas from around the world

Wherever you live in the world, Christmas is about tradition, family and friends, fun and…food! But it’s not all about turkey and roast potatoes. Traditional festive delicacies vary widely, with only a few other countries serving up a turkey roast dinner like we do. So if you fancy trying something completely new on Christmas Eve […]

Delicious alternatives to turkey for Christmas dinner

Eating turkey on Christmas Day remains a popular tradition that’s observed by most people – but if it’s not your favourite meat, there are plenty of delicious alternatives to choose from. Whether you find turkey dry or bland, or you fancy trying a vegetarian or vegan option this year…I say go for it – it’s […]

Christmas traditions inspiration from around the world

Every year I look forward to Christmas traditions that my family and I have celebrated for as long as I can remember – some of them since my childhood. But it can be good to introduce some new ones from time to time, especially if you’re not finding your existing ones enjoyable anymore! For example, […]

How to cook a stress-free Christmas dinner

My guilty TV pleasure of the moment is Celebrity Masterchef – it’s one of my favourite shows. I think I enjoy it because (a) I love food and (b) there’s something weirdly addictive about watching celebs get stressed about soufflés! Cooking is also one of my favourite things to do – but only when I’m […]

How to make sure you enjoy Christmas

How to make sure you enjoy Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….or so they say! Is it a magical time for you, or do you dread the stress of it all? I’ve always loved the idea of Christmas, but for many years I was unable to create the idyllic festive season I remembered from my childhood. Instead, it was […]

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