Updated 30/11 - Family Christmas Traditions Thread 2017 - Christmas Eve Boxes / Stockings - Share Offers, Tips & Ideas
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Updated 30/11 - Family Christmas Traditions Thread 2017 - Christmas Eve Boxes / Stockings - Share Offers, Tips & Ideas

Mod & Ed 35
Mod & Ed
Found 8th Nov
We have a couple of family Christmas traditions that we now do every year & I thought it would be fun to start a thread where we could share our own ideas, tips & offers to help each other out!
Growing up we always hung stockings at the end of our beds & it's something I've kept going for my kids, they love the excitement of hanging their stockings up on Christmas Eve as the last thing they do before they go to bed, (quick tip, buy 2 of each stocking, they hang the empty one up, you fill the other & then swap, much easier than trying to stuff things in quietly).
Christmas Eve boxes seem to be a new phenomenon but looking back my mum used to do something similar for us though not quite on the same scale it is today. She always gave us some new colouring pencils & books on Christmas Eve to help keep us busy whilst she was doing all the prep, I did similar with my adult son but since the girls came along it has become more of a family tradition, so much so, last year my husband said he wanted one this year!

With 2 young daughters, the costs can spiral at what is such an expensive time of the year anyway, so thought if I popped this thread up, we could all share & hopefully help cut those costs, I'll post some offers for things I come across & PLEASE if you see any or have any money saving tips ( other than the Bah Humbugs who say don't do it ) or even different family traditions then feel free to share them!

I'll start in the OP with kids Christmas Box Ideas / Offers & add some more grown up ones in comments along with stocking filler for kids & adults, really hope these will help!

Kids Christmas Eve Boxes

We usually give our kids the boxes on Christmas Eve mornings to help keep them occupied during the day, so in them, I pop, new colouring books & pencils, a Christmas themed craft + a new book, then for later in the evening, they have a new pair of Christmas themed PJ's, fleece blanket, a mug with hot chocolate & marshmallows, reindeer food, a bath bomb & to share a Christmassy type film for us to all sit down & watch.

Boxes

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Matalan have a great range of Christmas Eve Boxes including some in a 3 for 2 Offer

Personalised Christmas Eve Gift Boxes from £2.20 @ Ebay

Christmas Eve box £3.99 instore @ home bargains - credit bigwat

Christmas Eve Storage Box £6 at The Works & Santa Claus Christmas Eve Storage Box £6 @ The Works - these are bigger boxes

Asda are also selling Christmas Eve Boxes instore for £2.50 - info HERE


Nightwear

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Team Elf" / "Elf In Training" Matching Family Christmas Elf Pyjamas @ Ebay


Festive range of nightwear starting from £6.00 @ Asda george

Character & Festive Nightwear @ Tesco Direct inc

Christmas Pudding Pyjamas from £9

F&F Christmas Gnome Pyjamas from £8

Christmas PJ's @ Matalan from £7

Christmas Themed PJ's & All in Ones from £8 @ Tu - currently 25% Off inc

Red Christmas Reindeer Fleece Two Piece Set (4-14 years) was from £14 now from £10.50


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Christmas Crafts

Big Bag Of Christmas Craft £6 @ The Works + Lots More from £1 @ The Works

Link to ALL Christmas at Hobbycraft - prices start from 50p including Sew Your Own Felt Christmas Tree Decoration Kit £2


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Christmas Themed Craft Kits @ ELC - many half price including Scratch Your Own Decorations was £5 now £2.50


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Wooden Magical Elf Door (with wish list scroll, key & glitter) was £2 now £1 @ The Works
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Christmas Themed Crafts from £1 @ Wilko

BIC Kids 100 Piece Colouring & Sticker Set £6 @ Tesco Direct (Free C&C) - credit rjp123


Books


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10 Kids Books For £10 Including Christmas Books Free C+C @ The Works (also 2 for £10 Kids Gift Sets / Crafts)

Paddington charity book @ M&S only £3.00 (C&C) - credit smilehappydayss

love this A Treasury of Christmas Story Book £8 & 3 for 2 Mix & Match @ M&S

Lots of Offers at The Book People

Amazon: Four for £10 on Kids' Activity Books - credit pototea

The Gruffalo: Book and Toy Gift Set - The Bear Who went Boo Book and Toy Gift Set - Little Miss Hug Gift Set - £6 each @ Tesco Direct - credit chanchi32

Films


Marvel / Disney DVD's from £4.49, Blu-Ray's from £6.29, 3D Blu-Ray's from £8.99 [Doctor Strange 3D £10.79, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Blu-Ray £11.69] @ Zoom - credit F.D

Lots of Offers on Christmas DVD's / Blu-Rays @ Music Magpie - inc buy 2 get 2 free on used dvds / 15% Off pre-owned

Home alone 1.2.3.4 (DVD, 2008,) £5.99 Del

Use code TDX-HGWT to take £5 off £30 Spend on Entertainment inc Film & Books @ Tesco Direct


Other ideas

Penguin Christmas Mug £5 @ Matalan - more HERE from £2

Large Supersoft Throws in Silver, Cream, Black, Pink or Duck Egg 200cm x 200cm now £6 @ Wilko - credit idontflycathay

Tesco Christmas Heart Throw £12 C+C @ Tesco Direct

Tesco Christmas Star Supersoft Throw Teal was £13 now £9

Superdrug Sweet Snuggles Vanilla Bath Bauble Gift Set was £2.50 now £1

Butterbear bath bomb £2.50 @ Lush

Superdrug Sweet Snuggles Pink & White Heart Bath Confetti was £2.50 now £1

Gifts for Kids inc Disney Beauty And The Beast Chip Nail Set £2.62 @ Tesco Groceries

Christmas Pass The Brussel Sprout Game


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Top comments

When I was younger my parents used to wrap 12 books and put them under the tree, on the 12 days leading up to Christmas we could choose 1, unwrap it and read it in bed

One of my traditions is to make my own christmas crackers with old toilet rolls and inside i put a shiny penny and a christmasy scratch card for everyone around the table (including the children) everyone loves it and so far someone has always won something!

Love this thread, Thankyou OP. Please keep sharing traditions people, I like reading what other people do. My Bestfriend (who is more like a sister to me. Sisters at Heart ) has an older sister who 3/4 years ago decided to put on a Chrimbo Eve party, she hires a function room & a DJ, provides squash drinks for children, hot dog and Father Christmas comes (yeh, I know, you would think he is far too busy that night, but no, kind soul makes time for us !!) The children get a selection box, Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandads, Aunties, Uncles etc., can have a couple of hours not worrying how to keep littles entertained and have a catch up, wish each other a Merry Christmas etc., have a drink (if not driving), by the time its finished, littles are shattered and will be ready for bed. We all pay £5.50/child to cover room and Dj hire, its nice to be with friends and family who you dont always see on the main day and keeps the children entertained for a couple of hours!! Haha, then Mummy comes home and panics that she has so much to do still!!

I too didn't bother with Christmas Eve hampers when my children were small and growing up because Christmas Day is expensive enough as it is.....having said that I have noticed this year there is an awful lot of elf stuff in both the Works and Poundland which would definitely keep the cost down.
In addition I am sure that nowadays i would take part merely because you can get christmas stuff very cheap in Poundland. I always did Christmas pyjamas on Christmas day anyway and so it would be quite easy to give those on Christmas Eve instead.

In addition to the elf products in Poundland they have Christmas character mugs, gold coins, colouring books, felt tip pens , chocolates and hot chocolates.

Personally this is all stuff that I would have given as extras on Christmas day, either in Santa sacks or in the Christmas stocking, it can easily sail past £10 or £20 per child and when you have three or four children the cost wa just too much for me on top of presents and christmas stockings on Christmas Day.

Mind you I did raise my children before the age of technology when they were quite content with a couple of presents such as a doll or a compendium of games and an annual .

I pity parents nowadays who have to spend hundreds on phones, laptops and Xboxes, I take my hat off to you all because I don't know how you do it.

Anyway I realised in the Spirit of Christmas trying to make nice memories for your children is what it's all about, so I do have one idea to contribute which is very inexpensive and which my children enjoyed, buy a wrapped bar of chocolate in Poundland such as the Galaxy bar that's the only one I can think of that has a sleeve, then get some gold foil paper and google and write out the words on both sides of the gold foil the words that you would find on both sides of Willy Wonka's golden Ticket then fold it and slide it under the wrapper. If you want to give it with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD it makes a nice present my kids absolutely loved the bar of chocolate in their Christmas stocking
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Original Poster Mod & Ed

Adult & Family Christmas Eve Boxes

Family


home alone 1.2.3.4 DVD £5.99 Del @ Ebay

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Original Double Blanket £24.40 Del @ Ebay

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Pass The Parcel Brussel Sprouts Game

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The Snowman and the Snowdog (DVD and Toy Gift)


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The Polar Express (hmv Christmas Classics) £5.99 each or 2 for £10

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Adult


Latest Baileys Offers inc 1L for £12 @ Tesco



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Latest Gin Offers Here inc Rhubarb & Ginger and Raspberry Gin Liqueurs now £11.99 instore at Lidl - credit millarcat

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Latest Alcohol Offers Here inc Johnnie Walker Black Label 70cl - £19.80 (+ free Prime delivery / + £4.75 non Prime) @ Amazon

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Latest Chocolate Offers HERE inc

Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Box of 24 £5.50 @ Wilko - credit goldy12

42 Pieces Of Ferrero Rocher £10 Prime @ Amazon - credit grumpyturnip

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All the latest Beauty Offers Here - inc Christmas Health & Beauty Gift Sets 3 for 2 @ Asda (instore) eg Lynx Duo Gift Set ( £4) equivalent to £2.66 each when you buy three - credit goldy12

L'Oreal Men Expert Carbon Power 2-Piece Gift Set £3 at Amazon (Add-on-item) - credit Alessandra15

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STOCKING FILLERS

Lots of items in the Christmas Box section can be used as stocking fillers especially the crafts / books PLUS keep checking these links HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE


Lots of Kids Sets at Tesco Groceries including
Disney Beauty And The Beast Chip Nail Set was £5.25 now £3.50

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Drumstick gift mug set reduced to clear £2 with free click and collect more in post @ Wilko - credit emribena

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Botanica Manicure Set £1 (stocking filler?) C+C online / instore @ Wilko


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Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 9th Nov

I spend ages worrying about what to buy people and then they give me vouchers usualy.

this deal is like this plan. (R.I.P Rik)
Edited by: "pfpf" 8th Nov

We do the xmas eve thing, I have a big Santa sack and I put in pjs each (I have three kids) slippers each, a xmas dvd, popcorn, hot chocolate and sometimes a small soft toy each. I always got pjs xmas eve when I was little. Love the idea of two stockings as it’s always a nightmare trying to be quiet lol! We started telling kids to leave their stockings downstairs with the mince pie etc for Santa as it was easier to fill them and also the kids slept better as they weren’t waking all night checking their stocking lol !

Heat for all your effort and ideas OP
Dont know why but I just can’t take to the Christmas Eve box tradition
Like the two stockings idea though
Thank you

Great post some lovely ideas
My mum always makes my daughter a Christmas Eve bag filled with pjs, craft bits, chocolate and a few character blind bags. It keeps her happy on Christmas Eve whilst we are tidying up.

We also have a takeaway every Christmas Eve and watch a Christmas film.

Also like the two stockings idea.
We always have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve followed by family presents. Christmas Day itself is strictly reserved for Santa, games, chocolate and alcohol! No cooking or washing up allowed!
Edited by: "holeymoley18" 8th Nov

Lovely idea, enjoying reading about other peoples traditions and ideas.
Not a fan of the Christmas boxes fine if it is just a few items but seeing what some people did last year,it just seemed a bit over the top.
Christmas Eve is going to the Christingle service at our church followed by a trip to the pub, then all home for drinkies and nibbles and watch Its a Wonderful Life.....Christmas day which ever son is staying, they have a stocking to open, breakfast is croissants and Bucks Fizz.Then we prepare the Christmas meal, everyone has job to do, after the meal, a wee clear up, drinkies, nibbles, DVDs and just relax

One of my traditions is to make my own christmas crackers with old toilet rolls and inside i put a shiny penny and a christmasy scratch card for everyone around the table (including the children) everyone loves it and so far someone has always won something!

Love this thread, Thankyou OP. Please keep sharing traditions people, I like reading what other people do. My Bestfriend (who is more like a sister to me. Sisters at Heart ) has an older sister who 3/4 years ago decided to put on a Chrimbo Eve party, she hires a function room & a DJ, provides squash drinks for children, hot dog and Father Christmas comes (yeh, I know, you would think he is far too busy that night, but no, kind soul makes time for us !!) The children get a selection box, Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandads, Aunties, Uncles etc., can have a couple of hours not worrying how to keep littles entertained and have a catch up, wish each other a Merry Christmas etc., have a drink (if not driving), by the time its finished, littles are shattered and will be ready for bed. We all pay £5.50/child to cover room and Dj hire, its nice to be with friends and family who you dont always see on the main day and keeps the children entertained for a couple of hours!! Haha, then Mummy comes home and panics that she has so much to do still!!

kellbell2 h, 29 m ago

One of my traditions is to make my own christmas crackers with old toilet …One of my traditions is to make my own christmas crackers with old toilet rolls and inside i put a shiny penny and a christmasy scratch card for everyone around the table (including the children) everyone loves it and so far someone has always won something!


What a brill idea!!

I too didn't bother with Christmas Eve hampers when my children were small and growing up because Christmas Day is expensive enough as it is.....having said that I have noticed this year there is an awful lot of elf stuff in both the Works and Poundland which would definitely keep the cost down.
In addition I am sure that nowadays i would take part merely because you can get christmas stuff very cheap in Poundland. I always did Christmas pyjamas on Christmas day anyway and so it would be quite easy to give those on Christmas Eve instead.

In addition to the elf products in Poundland they have Christmas character mugs, gold coins, colouring books, felt tip pens , chocolates and hot chocolates.

Personally this is all stuff that I would have given as extras on Christmas day, either in Santa sacks or in the Christmas stocking, it can easily sail past £10 or £20 per child and when you have three or four children the cost wa just too much for me on top of presents and christmas stockings on Christmas Day.

Mind you I did raise my children before the age of technology when they were quite content with a couple of presents such as a doll or a compendium of games and an annual .

I pity parents nowadays who have to spend hundreds on phones, laptops and Xboxes, I take my hat off to you all because I don't know how you do it.

Anyway I realised in the Spirit of Christmas trying to make nice memories for your children is what it's all about, so I do have one idea to contribute which is very inexpensive and which my children enjoyed, buy a wrapped bar of chocolate in Poundland such as the Galaxy bar that's the only one I can think of that has a sleeve, then get some gold foil paper and google and write out the words on both sides of the gold foil the words that you would find on both sides of Willy Wonka's golden Ticket then fold it and slide it under the wrapper. If you want to give it with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD it makes a nice present my kids absolutely loved the bar of chocolate in their Christmas stocking

bellajjoy1 h, 0 m ago

I too didn't bother with Christmas Eve hampers when my children were small …I too didn't bother with Christmas Eve hampers when my children were small and growing up because Christmas Day is expensive enough as it is.....having said that I have noticed this year there is an awful lot of elf stuff in both the Works and Poundland which would definitely keep the cost down.In addition I am sure that nowadays i would take part merely because you can get christmas stuff very cheap in Poundland. I always did Christmas pyjamas on Christmas day anyway and so it would be quite easy to give those on Christmas Eve instead.In addition to the elf products in Poundland they have Christmas character mugs, gold coins, colouring books, felt tip pens , chocolates and hot chocolates.Personally this is all stuff that I would have given as extras on Christmas day, either in Santa sacks or in the Christmas stocking, it can easily sail past £10 or £20 per child and when you have three or four children the cost wa just too much for me on top of presents and christmas stockings on Christmas Day.Mind you I did raise my children before the age of technology when they were quite content with a couple of presents such as a doll or a compendium of games and an annual .I pity parents nowadays who have to spend hundreds on phones, laptops and Xboxes, I take my hat off to you all because I don't know how you do it.Anyway I realised in the Spirit of Christmas trying to make nice memories for your children is what it's all about, so I do have one idea to contribute which is very inexpensive and which my children enjoyed, buy a wrapped bar of chocolate in Poundland such as the Galaxy bar that's the only one I can think of that has a sleeve, then get some gold foil paper and google and write out the words on both sides of the gold foil the words that you would find on both sides of Willy Wonka's golden Ticket then fold it and slide it under the wrapper. If you want to give it with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD it makes a nice present my kids absolutely loved the bar of chocolate in their Christmas stocking


Other shops are available ... ;-)

When I was younger my parents used to wrap 12 books and put them under the tree, on the 12 days leading up to Christmas we could choose 1, unwrap it and read it in bed

Original Poster Mod & Ed

yasmin199418 h, 29 m ago

When I was younger my parents used to wrap 12 books and put them under the …When I was younger my parents used to wrap 12 books and put them under the tree, on the 12 days leading up to Christmas we could choose 1, unwrap it and read it in bed


That is a lovely idea!

The book idea is a great one wish I'd thought of that

yasmin19949th Nov

When I was younger my parents used to wrap 12 books and put them under the …When I was younger my parents used to wrap 12 books and put them under the tree, on the 12 days leading up to Christmas we could choose 1, unwrap it and read it in bed


Great way to encourage littles to enjoy reading or being read with. A lovely idea.

We do the book thing with my son. I love it xx

Xmas eve: 12 dishes no meat no alkohol (red wine and i allow myself few pints..)
Xmas day ; kids find presents under xmas tree.then maim lunch meal turkey with lota of ather food .drinks fun relax

Our family tradition for our lad is a present hunt so 1 present at the bottom of bed with a sticker/Christmas post it saying go to (evil part of me not all places have a present) and he has to bring the present back to our room then go back to his last clue - and the final 2 presents are always in our bedroom-then the mass opening happens

Sounds like a great idea, lets get back to old Christmas's

Brilliant, I have been doing xmas boxes for the past few years and this has given me some great ideas

When my sisters and I were young my mum allowed us to always open a gift from under the 🎄 usually one from a neighbour or family friend on Christmas eve before we went to bed, she said this calmed us down . When I had my children from the age of about 5/6yrs old I started to secretly leave a gift for each of them under the 🎄 while we were at the crib service at our local church and when we got home they were amazed at how or where I they had come from so one day I told them it must be the from the Tree Invader, this stuck for many years and it was lovely walking home from the crib service hearing them excitedly discussing amongst themselves if the tree invader had been again or not and what gift they would get.
Those excited children now do the same for their children and its lovely that this has become a family tradition which I hope continues going forward.
Edited by: "Suziq91" 30th Nov

Love this thread. On Christmas Eve my children always get new Christmas pyjamas to wear plus before bed I let them open one present each either that has been bought by us as parents or by another family member or friend * because Santa hasn't been yet lol * Christmas day once awake straight to present opening then follows breakfast and preparing for the big Christmas dinner/pudding. After that we relax watching Christmas films and playing games with the children as well as a few drinks for us xx
Edited by: "kayles13" 30th Nov

kellbell8th Nov

One of my traditions is to make my own christmas crackers with old toilet …One of my traditions is to make my own christmas crackers with old toilet rolls and inside i put a shiny penny and a christmasy scratch card for everyone around the table (including the children) everyone loves it and so far someone has always won something!


How do you do this? Sounds fab

Christmas Eve for us is always a morning trip to the cinema for me and my monsters (now 10 and 13) as their dad has to work Christmas Eve until about 8pm and I find it a very long day at home otherwise. The. We have dinner out or a picnic by the canal if it is nice. We walk into the town (can leave our car in the cinema car park for free - added bonus!) and pick up any naughty treats for Christmas Eve tea. Next is a drive to Grandad's to say merry Christmas on the way home. In the evening we watch a Christmas film and have an easy tea (even contemplating takeaway this year).

Then my favourite part. My partner buys me a memory jar every Christmas and we open it up every Christmas Eve and have a good giggle at all the memories we've all made. In the new year I glue them into a book and it's a lovely thing to look back on.

Stockings in our house are left outside bedroom doors as my son never liked the idea of Santa coming into his bedroom. Makes stocking filling that bit easier!

Two stockings 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

When we were children, a stocking was placed on the end of our beds once we had fallen asleep on Christmas eve. If you woke up in the night or really early (which you always did due to excitement) then there was a cuddly toy in the top of the stocking which you were allowed to take out and cuddle to go back to sleep. It must have worked to stop the three of us going hyper at 4am every Christmas morning wanting pressies as they did it every year! Can't wait to do the same if I ever end up with some ankle-biters of my own. The feeling of waking up to that extra weight of the stocking on your bed and knowing it was Christmas was awesome.

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You can use your cookie cutters to make the salt dough Christmas decorations paint them and spray with clear varnish they last for years you can also add food colouring to the dough if you want them to have as base colour. Great fun with kids, school friends and grandkids they can give them to their mum as a christmas present.

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jigger124 m ago

https://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-salt-dough-ornaments/You can use …https://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-salt-dough-ornaments/You can use your cookie cutters to make the salt dough Christmas decorations paint them and spray with clear varnish they last for years you can also add food colouring to the dough if you want them to have as base colour. Great fun with kids, school friends and grandkids they can give them to their mum as a christmas present.[Image] [Image]


They look really good!!

hotphoenix308 h, 46 m ago

Christmas Eve for us is always a morning trip to the cinema for me and my …Christmas Eve for us is always a morning trip to the cinema for me and my monsters (now 10 and 13) as their dad has to work Christmas Eve until about 8pm and I find it a very long day at home otherwise. The. We have dinner out or a picnic by the canal if it is nice. We walk into the town (can leave our car in the cinema car park for free - added bonus!) and pick up any naughty treats for Christmas Eve tea. Next is a drive to Grandad's to say merry Christmas on the way home. In the evening we watch a Christmas film and have an easy tea (even contemplating takeaway this year). Then my favourite part. My partner buys me a memory jar every Christmas and we open it up every Christmas Eve and have a good giggle at all the memories we've all made. In the new year I glue them into a book and it's a lovely thing to look back on.Stockings in our house are left outside bedroom doors as my son never liked the idea of Santa coming into his bedroom. Makes stocking filling that bit easier!


What a truely lovely idea, the memory box and following it up in the book. Never forget memories made.

lauren113842 m ago

They look really good!!


I keep a bowl of undecorated ones over Christmas the grandkids always pick some up and decorate them it's really easy.

jigger11 m ago

I keep a bowl of undecorated ones over Christmas the grandkids always pick …I keep a bowl of undecorated ones over Christmas the grandkids always pick some up and decorate them it's really easy.


A brilliant and effective idea, Thankyou for sharing.

Great effort heat

Great thread head added!!! I Just got the heat to 500 so hopefully get more
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