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… 1,193 hours to #Christmas! 71,526 minutes to #Christmas! 4,291,535 seconds to #Christmas! at this moment in time… or quite simply put 50 sleeps.

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, it would save us money and 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 21st 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 it and if you have any ideas please share ..Tomorrow it is Saturday Snippets…please join me for a touch of nostalgia…xx

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely weekend xx

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

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I haven’t found anything yet.. It is what it is here.. Christmas is not celebrated I live in a Buddhist country.. But I do what I can.. And they do party poppers so we should have a crack/bang to our crackers..

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I love the homemade ones as you can personalise them.. I do love the bang though its only like sandpaper rubbing together i’ve been thinking of doing a little experiment with the kids.. smile..


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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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