Kindness At Christmas – Nappy Donations

This year I’ve been inspired by the kindness advent calendar put together by Lauren from Dilan & Me. I must admit I haven’t been able to follow it every day because there are days where Ella & I simply don’t make it out of the house!

However, I have taken ideas from it & implemented them where possible. I went to Starbucks on my way to the Wreath making workshop & rather than buying my usual size coffee I bought two smaller ones and suspended one of them for someone else and my Christmas cards (not that I’ve written them yet!) are all in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association – a charity close to our family’s heart. It’s surprising how much kindness you can squeeze into your day even if it just feeding the plumber & plasterer gingerbread men!

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Easy Gingerbread in Seven Simple Steps!

I love to bake but don’t get to do it quite as often as I would like. That’s why I love this super quick & easy gingerbread recipe. The dough can be used for all sorts of festive biscuits, stars, trees or even a gingerbread house!

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Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

On Sunday 4th December I had the opportunity to attend a Christmas wreath making workshop held by the lovely Mumma’s & More & the ladies from Swaffham & Fakenham Florists (who also happened to do my wedding flowers). Mr L had Ella for a few hours so I could really get to grips with it all & relax for a few hours.

The venue for the afternoon was an area high up in the south transept of Ely Cathedral. From the ground you’d have never even known we were there. Hidden away we had an amazing view across the nave as the light moved through the breath-taking stained glass windows, while the Christmas tree was receiving its final touches in time for Evensong.

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Five Christmas Traditions For Ella

I underestimated how important Christmas traditions were to me until this year. With it being Ella’s first Christmas our little unit feels like a proper family. She’s too young to understand anything this year but I still feel strongly about starting as we mean to go on.

I don’t want Ella growing up thinking that Christmas is purely about being given presents. Here the Christmas traditions that we will be continuing or starting for Ella…

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My Christmas Wish List

Mr L & I tend to only get each other one present every year – he’s usually pretty good at it, mainly because I drop hints far enough in advance for him. This year my subtle hint comes in the form of this Christmas wish list. He’s learnt to pay attention after an incident involving a watercolour painting of a cathedral which I will never let him forget. It’s also my birthday just after Christmas so I tend to get really lucky & get one larger present instead of two smaller ones.

So Mr L, if you’re reading this here’s a few things that I would be more than happy with – you choose!

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