Merriest

I’m getting in the mood now!

* Hang a little bag on the Christmas tree and ask everyone to write their favorite  Christmas memories  in it, to be told over Christmas dinner…

* Tie Christmas cards in bundles and display in a bowl (thus saving the necessity to display anything hideous!)

*  Hide Christmas presents all over the house so your children have to go on a treasure hunt…

* Save  a few presents to be opened before they go to bed on Christmas day…

* Make a Gingerbread Baby House.

* Make French Christmas crackers (more like favours), by wrapping tiny little gifts in vintage handkerchiefs, scooping up and tying with a ribbon…

* Wrap tiny little gifts for each member of the family and put them at their place on the Christmas table…

* Throw a Christmas Eve candlelit tea for the kids after the Children’s service: I am serving cinnamon flavored warm milk, a selection of cheese, some peach chutney, gingerbread men and one tiny gift in front of the fire. Invitation only. New pajamas essential.

* Organise a vintage hospitality table. Choose a sideboard and pile it with vintage saucers holding candy canes, tiny teaspoons and fir cones.  Put baubles and those scrumptiously wrapped amoretti on three-tiered cake stands. Wrap linen napkins in velvet ribbon and lay them on a stack of your favorite plates, next to a small plate of sugar-dusted mince pies.  Fill jars with mini gingerbread men, biscotti and star-shaped biscuits. Add glasses,  a choice bottle of something Christmassy, a few emergency wrapped bottles or gifts, some kids Christmas chocolate, and a few whimsical decorations, some fruit, dried fruit and nuts- and voila you have a table of scrumptious offerings for everyone from your milkman to your next door neighbor…

* Add a touch of whimsy with some vintage kids toys mixed in with your more serious grown-up decorations…

Have fun!