Christmas Crafts…D.I.Y crackers, Advent Calendars…Sweet Mincemeat…

This is the first of my Christmas posts…Sorry but some things have to be made sooner rather than later if we are going to have the greenest most recyclable Christmas ever…

After all, there are only…49 Days…9 hours…44 mins at this moment in time…

This year I am going to make crackers and an advent calendar…My crackers could be a problem as no one ships here they are classed as explosives by customs…I have found a tutorial which means stripping down those champagne poppers which could work…I think I will enlist the help of my grandson and let you know or if you don’t hear from me he has blown us up…haha…

For those of you who can purchase cracker snaps through Amazon or Etsy here is a tutorial…


Fir cones…we used to collect lots as a child and then they were made into pretty table decorations, wreaths for the front door or decorations for the tree they look so pretty spray painted or sprayed with artificial snow, unfortunately, I cannot get them here but for those of you who can then…Have fun creating and please share your pictures…

Homemade advent calendars…again something which I cannot get here or get easily…One year I can last year I couldn’t so this year I am going to make my own…

This video has some great ideas and even for your pets…

I hope you find some good ideas here…If we all started to make our own recyclable decorations not only would it save us money but it would save so much unwanted plastic and paper ending up in landfill…The figures are horrendous…It also makes them so much more personal …Just think how much pleasure they will bring and how much fun you will have finding that special little gift…

Lastly, just in case you missed it and haven’t made your sweet mincemeat yet here is the recipe again…

Don’t forget… on the 24th of November…Stirup Sunday‘, so put on your apron and gather family or friends to make a Christmas pudding. It’s the day when wishes are said to come true, so get stirring! Christmas is approaching, and to us, that means one thing: Stirup Sunday.

That’s all for today I hope you enjoyed and if you have any ideas please share ..Tomorrow it is Whimsical Wednesday…please join me for a touch of nostalgia…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our home’s carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system


Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site that is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

29 thoughts on “Christmas Crafts…D.I.Y crackers, Advent Calendars…Sweet Mincemeat…

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chocolate, Health, Recipes …Week ending 10th Nov 2019… | Retired? No one told me!

  2. lievelee

    Hi Carol,
    Some great ideas… I am particularly tempted by the ‘Beer Advent Calendar’… I am sure I should be able to pull that one off in Vietnam, maybe not in the classroom though…


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  3. The BookWorm Drinketh

    Oooo!! DIY CRACKERS!! I need to do this for my mother in law. She buys crackers for EVERYTHING!! I mean, literally… It doesn’t even have to be a holiday. She has a stockpile of them somewhere so sometimes it like “Tuesday night?? Everyone needs crackers!!” (she may be a bit crackers, herself. 😉)

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  4. Hugh's Views and News

    So pleased to see your Christmas feature back, Carol.

    I only ever buy advent calendars that are fully recyclable. Fortunately, many are, although I understand that some naughty people will still put them in black binbags that go to landfill after they’ve finished opening all the windows.

    I can’t help but buy Christmas decorations every year. Even though we have enough, I always end up finding more I like. However, I now donate decorations I know I won’t use to local charity shops. That way, I know the money raised is going to a good cause.

    Stir-up Sunday is always a big day in our house, although I don’t get involved (other than stirring the pudding mixture and making a wish).

    I’m already looking forward to more posts in this feature.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Hugh…I always buy some new decorations and get out my Christmas kitsch which has come around the world with me…haha..I look forward to featuring your Christmas jumper again this year. Calendars and crackers is because I cannot get them here and the grandkids love them although I cannot get the snaps at the moment and not sure if I will as Amazon and etsy class them as explosives so won’t or can’t send them here but I might see if my son can send me some if not the crackers with have to be velcroed and then there won’t be a snap unless we dissect a champagne popper to make a snap which I am sure my grandson would love to do…haha…Good idea about donating decorations…Thank you for dropping by Hugh and leaving a comment 🙂 Have a great week 🙂

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      1. Hugh's Views and News

        I can buy snaps on Amazon UK and try sending them to you. Let me know if it helps, Carol. I also saw that they are available on ebay.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I’ll check ebay Hugh, Thank you to see if thewy deliver here most companies won’t …Thank you for your kind offer,Hugh if I can’t find a way I will let you know…Thank you 🙂

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