Why done is better than perfect

It’s natural to want to do everything you can to ensure your family and friends have a special Christmas – but it’s also important to remember that ‘done is better than perfect’. In the past I remember feeling totally frazzled by the time Christmas Day arrived, and a large part of that was because I […]

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 […]

How to spend less this Christmas

As the cost of living continues to rise, we’re all beginning to feel the pinch. Christmas is still five months away, so now is the perfect time plan for any cutbacks you might need to make this year. I recommend having a good look at your budget and making some decisions about what you can […]

Choosing eco-friendly Christmas crackers

eco-friendly Christmas crackers

Christmas crackers are a much-loved Christmas dinner tradition in most UK homes (including mine) – but they are also incredibly wasteful and bad for the environment. So how can we make them more eco-friendly? Luckily there are lots of environmentally-friendly options to choose from. And as a massive 154 million Christmas crackers are pulled in […]

How to write a Christmas round-robin newsletter

Boastful and annoying Christmas round-robin newsletters have given them a bad name – but, done well, they can also be a brilliant way to keep in touch. In my experience they help keep friendships alive and spark conversations that would never have happened if all I’d sent was a signed Christmas card. But how do […]

The 10 best ever Christmas films

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without spending a good chunk of time watching Christmas films on repeat. I’m not the only one who feels this way, judging by the passionate response I got on social media when I asked you to let me know your favourite Christmas movies of all time! But what makes […]

My top five advent calendar ideas

Advent calendars are an important part of Christmas for lots of children, adults…and pets!  But do you know how and when the Advent calendar tradition began? Here’s a short history for you to impress your friends with and share with children. German-born Gerhard Lang is considered to be the producer of the first printed Advent […]

My favourite Christmas e-card websites

If you’re on a budget this Christmas, e-cards are a cost effective way of sending friends and family your festive greetings. There are some great value electronic Christmas cards available – including a few free ones and some (often short!) free trial periods – so you could save on the cost of physical cards, plus […]

Embracing a more eco-friendly Christmas

If we all make just one or two small changes to reduce our environmental footprint this Christmas, it could be hugely beneficial to the planet. We’re less likely to panic buy things that we don’t really need if we plan ahead – so just by being more Christmas organised you’re most likely reducing your negative […]

The best UK Christmas markets

Visiting a Christmas market is one of my must-do Christmas traditions – it’s one of the first fun festive things I do each year and it marks the start of the celebrations! I love the lights, the atmosphere, the chance to buy Christmas decorations and gifts – and sampling some warming and delicious glühwein to […]