Happy holidays! Things to do over the Christmas break

The presents are wrapped, the turkey is stuffed and perhaps you’ve got some time off from work over Christmas. Now what? If cabin fever is setting in already, here are a few things to make and do over the Christmas holidays to keep you entertained.

If you’re still not convinced that the house is looking festive enough how about whipping up some Christmas bunting? Collect all your old scraps of material and pick a colour scheme. We think red and white is a good combination and obviously on trend for a Nordic look. Make a triangular template from card and draw around it onto your fabric scraps. Cut out your triangles using pinking shears so the edges don’t fray. Sew your triangles onto a length of bias binding tape leaving enough space at either end to hang the bunting.

Is your door looking a little bare compared to your neighbour’s? There’s still enough time to dress it up with a handmade wreath. First start by buying a straw and pine base – then raid your garden or local park. Cut the stems of leaves at an angle and pierce them into the base making sure that the leaves are facing the same direction as the pine around the wreath. Then use florists twine to attach other things such as cones, apples or roses sprayed gold and if you have any left over baubles they’re always a good addition. If you want to go one step further you can even spray the whole thing with fake snow.

If all that creativity it making you hungry, try roasting some chestnuts on an open fire to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t got an open fire, 30 mins on 200 degrees centigrade should do it. Don’t forget to slit them open with a knife first. Finish off by serving them in paper bags.

Feeling more adventurous? Then how about some stained-glass window pepperkaker? The Scandi version of gingerbread is much thinner and a must-have with some mulled wine at Christmas.

Ingredients

150g unsalted butter
150g Demerara sugar
250g golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
450g plain flour

Method

Heat the butter, syrup and sugar in a saucepan until the sugar has melted. Sift in the spices, baking powder and flour. Stir into a stiff dough and then cool in the fridge, ideally, overnight.

Roll over onto a floured surface to a thickness of approximately 3mm. Use two sizes of the same shaped cookie cutter to cut a shape and then cut a hole with the same shape in the middle. (Make another hole in the top using a pen cylinder if you want to hang them on the tree.) Place onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray and put a boiled sweet in the centre of each biscuit.

Bake at 175 degrees until the biscuits are golden brown and the sweets have melted to fill the hole. Cool cookies before serving, or tying on ribbons and hanging on your tree.

And when it’s all over and done, use these fabulous ink stamps from Lollipop Designs to turn your Christmas cards into thank you cards.

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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