The Christmas card conundrum

When I was younger, I never understood why adults found Christmas stressful.

That’s probably because I’d spend the run up to the big day happily watching my mum make the Christmas cake while I licked the bowl, or decorating the Christmas tree rather than worrying about what was going underneath it.

But now that I’m an adult, there’s one core part of Christmas that I am starting to understand the stress of – the Christmas card conundrum. (more…)

Christmas vegetables: broccoli, pine nuts and green beans

Brighten-me-up bean and broccoli salad

Let me introduce you to an oft neglected aspect of the Christmas Day dinner – the Christmas vegetables.

In my opinion, the veg part of the traditional turkey table gets a pretty bad rep. They’re usually blandly boiled or roasted – and anything green is automatically out (no one ever wants to eat more sprouts than they need to!) Then there’s the potato overload. I can’t think of any other time of year when I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating double potatoes, but at Christmas I always go for a good helping of roasted and mashed!

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DIY Christmas decorations

DIY Christmas decorationsThe Christmas decorations are finally up!

If I had my way, the flat would be festive from December 1. But being married to a man with a mid-December birthday means delaying the lights and tinsel until after the birthday celebrations are over.

suppose that’s fair enough, but I still can’t help feeling a tad jealous when other people start posting tree selfies on Facebook before I’ve even got mine out of the cupboard!

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A day in the life of a Christmas elf

How do you get ready for Christmas? Are you an early planner or a last-minute prepper?

I like to think of myself as somewhere between the two, although the festivities are fast creeping up on me this year! That’s why, this week, I donned my metaphorical elf hat and spent some time off busy getting ready for the big day.

Here’s my ‘day in the life’…

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A compromise Christmas playlist

OK people, let’s talk Christmas playlists.

It’s kind of a contentious one in our household. My music taste is inherently ‘poppy’, Mr Rinroad’s is inherently not!

So, after much to-ing and fro-ing (not over the playlist as a whole, just whether or not it should feature a Mariah Carey classic!) last year we settled on the perfect compromise Christmas playlist.

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