Sunday, December 13, 2015

12 Days of Christmas round-up

Eleven other Kiwi mums and I have been collaborating over the last twelve days; each of us has shared a Christmas-themed post. Now that it's over you can see all the posts in their festive glory. There are some truly stunning food, craft and tradition ideas here, so hopefully there's something that'll inspire some Christmas fun in your household too. 

Day 1: Our Merry and Bright Christmas - Teacher by trade, Mother by nature

Charlene started the ball rolling with some gorgeous decor inspiration and tips for Christmas organisation, along with a free advent printable. 

Day 2: Four Popsicle Stick Christmas Decorations - Mummy Do It

If your kids are in the craft zone it's always good to get some homemade decor happening - Mummy Do It has four simple but effective concepts to try. 

Day 3:  Kiwi Tiramisu Log - Sweet Mama M

This was possibly my first favourite dessert to make (I once shared a plum and gingernut version), but Sweet Mama M's version takes it up a notch. I love the addition of marscapone.  

Day 4: So, about Christmas - Lisasaurus

Lisasaurus shared some of her family's favourite Christmas traditions on day 4. The Big Bang Theory carol is great, too. 

Day 5: Christmas Eve Kids Goodies Box - Girl on a Missi0n

A simple and fun Christmas Eve tradition that'll get the celebrations started early. 

Day 6: Elf on the Shelf - Misses Mac 

Ever wondered what the Elf on the Shelf is all about? Misses Mac has all the details. 

Day 7: Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies - Always Made With Love 

If you have a gingerbread man cookie cutter you are all set to make these cute reindeer cookies. Fun to decorate and delicious to eat. 

Day 8: Gift Wrapping - Dorothy Nada 

Dorothy Nada presents gorgeous gift wrapping inspiration, using basic brown paper (my wrapping staple) in beautiful ways. Spoiler alert, family: I'm stealing one of these ideas. 

Day 9: Christmas Tree Rocky Road - Mrs Cake 

My offering was this decadent rocky road, which is very simple to put together (your kids could do it, possibly with some help cutting) and makes a great teacher (or general) gift. 

Day 10: Christmas Book Advent Calendar - Nesting in the Country  

This is another great tradition - and don't panic, you don't have to buy a whole new set of books each year. A lovely way of setting up some anticipation through family story time. 

Day 11: Great Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Children - Outdoorsy NZ

Some really cool gift ideas here - I particularly love the scavenger hunt, but can see many of these appearing in the Cake household over the next few years.  

Day 12: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream - A Kiwi Mumma

I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas cake, so if you ask me these cupcakes look like the perfect cakey summation of the season. That cinnamon buttercream looks amazing! 

I hope you've enjoyed following this collaboration - I'd love to hear about your family's special traditions too, so let me know in the comments what'll be happening at your place this Christmas. 

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