WHAT TO DO WHEN IT IS 1 DAY TO CHRISTMAS

With one day to go it is time to get the egg nog and Christmas treats out. Hope you are with family, love ones and friends, enjoying each others company. Maybe some of you are preparing for tomorrow, and having a few treats as you go, enjoying having everyone around. And some of you might be watching Carols by Candlelight like us. Whatever you are doing we want to wish you a Merry Christmas with good health and happiness. Thank you for your custom this year and we look forward to talking and serving you next year. Our very best wishes to you, Attracta & the earthly Passion team. #ChristmasEve #1day #Carols #Relax #family

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT IS 4 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS

Time to make the hot cocoa and some popcorn. Then tell everyone to get their PJs on and watch a Christmas movie. Nothing nicer than to get into the festive feeling by watching a Christmas movie. You know your kids best, but do watch age appropriate movies. Some favourites of ours are: Polar Express A Christmas Carol Santa Claus the movie (all three) The Grinch Scrooged Love actually It's a wonderful life Check in on your neighbours, particularly if they are elderly and living alone. Offer some food or better still invite them over to your home to be amongst people during the festive season. Enjoy this time spent with the family. Attracta & the earthly passion team #Family #Movie #Christmas #

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT IS 5 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS

Wrap presents DIY style. Present wrapping doesn’t have to be perfect, especially when kids are involved. Make it original and people will be wondering what is inside. Allow the kids to decorate some recycled paper. Better still use old clothing and put it together to make colouring wrapping. Cover a shoebox with old wrapping paper. Recycle gift bags you have received. Use glass jars and bottles decorated with ribbon. It is up to your imagination. Buy a suspended coffee or two for those in need. Many coffee places are doing this, where you not only buy for yourself, but for someone homeless. Enjoy being creative with your wrapping, Attracta & the earthly passion team #Christmas #Gifts #presen

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT IS 6 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS

We are into the finals days. For many it will be a very busy week, finishing off any shopping and doing the final preparation for gatherings and the big day. Take a break and bring the magic of Christmas into your family’s life. Take a stroll around your neighbouring and check out the lights. Children (and big kids) get mesmerised. It is another thing to do as a family, but it will also gives you a chance to say hello to your neighbours. If working, bring treats to staff at work with a nice note. Have an lovely time walking through your neighbourhood, Attracta & the earthly passion team #Christmas #lights #magic #family #walking

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT IS 8 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS

Want something nice to do with the kids today? Why not make gingerbread men or a gingerbread house. It is a great way to show the kids how to bake and be creative with their icing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is always fun. And if you are not the baking type, there are kits available at supermarkets and speciality food stores, that have the gingerbread pieces already made. All you have to do is ice. This is what we made last year. The kids were very proud of themselves as it didn't fall apart. Then maybe give it as a gift. Donate to organisations that are trying to save the planet and educate the community. Have fun baking, Attracta & the earthly passion team #Gingerbread #Christma

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT IS 10 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS

SOMETHING GREEN If you are still looking for gifts, why not get something from your garden (or from your nearest nursery or farm). Plants can bring a lot of colour to a home and can be the ideal gift for those who like gardening. Here are a few suggestions: Potted plant – like flowers or succulents. Pretty the gift by adding a ribbon or get the kids to decorate the pot. Herbs – for the cook in the family. Ideal to have near the kitchen and also, to add a touch of greenery. Bring a basket of garden goodies – make a gift of the vegetables and fruit you have grown. Many people will appreciate it, as it is a great change from sweet and chocolate items many get. Miniature fruiting tree – can be k

THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS... and making the little things count.

Christmas isn’t all about the planning, the decorations, the dinner and the many other things you add to your list. It is about creating memories and spending time with the kids. One of the ways to do this is to make Christmas Crafts together. Here are a few eco-friendly suggestions: Use old socks and decorate with buttons and ribbons to make into Christmas stockings. Trace out Christmas shapes, like Angels, Christmas trees, stars and baubles, using cardboard from old boxes or paper. Paint to add colour. Make Christmas tags and cards for your gifts, using leftover paper and cardboard. Make Christmas crackers, Christmas characters or napkin holders using toilet rolls. Create a homemade wreath

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM THE HEART

Looking for ideas for gifts? Why not make some homemade gifts, that won’t cost the earth, but are made with love and care. It is a great way to prepare gifts for a number of people at once, as you can make large batches to cover the numbers. So I have come up with a few suggestions that might help you. Thanks to my mother-in-law sharing this recipe some time ago, I have been making this simple recipe with great success. It is so easy to make and it makes the ideal Christmas present, especially your kid’s teachers. Placed in an airtight container, it can keep for a few weeks. Almond bread biscuits Ingredients 3 Egg whites, free range & organic 4oz/113.4g Organic castor sugar (replace with org