When I think of Christmas morning, what tends to come to mind first are the smells that come with it. The smell of the real Christmas tree, the smell of fresh coffee grinds and steamed milk, the smell of bacon and slightly burnt toast and […]
Do you love entertaining? Yes. Do you love Christmas decorations? Yes. Do you love food? Yes. THEN THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU. Combining all things festive and Christmas and food and hosting and entertaining and eating and being merry, today we will be looking […]
Who doesn’t love a decent pun? Or a well-timed pop culture reference? Or the odd insult every now and then (all in good faith, of course)?
Greeting cards, more often than not, are so impersonal, each of them similar to the next feigning well wishes and generic celebratory sentences. It is rare to be given a greeting card that makes me laugh or makes me feel and I think this comes down to, obviously, the fact that they are produced for the masses. Once again, you can’t beat something that is homemade, something that is crafted with someone specific in mind. That’s why, this year I have decided to hand-make a range of Christmas cards for my friends and family, featuring quotes from televisions series and movies that they love and appreciate, simple one-liners and of course, the standard Christmas puns.
I have used references from television shows such as The Office, Seinfeld, Friends and Community. My brother isn’t a fan of Christmas anymore (no idea why), but for him and for whoever is the grump in your family, I made a Grinch card and one for people that are just absolute pricks. I had my Mum in mind when I made the Elf card – the message o the inside says, “Have yours-ELF a Merry Christmas”. It isn’t my best pun work, but she will love it.
Like I said, I get the most joy when I am sitting at my desk thinking about those that are close to me and trying to come up with something for them that will bring them joy and make them laugh. So for me, homemade Christmas cards are a must.
Much like my cocktail post, I had planned buying a shitload of wrapping paper and decorative elements and wrapping presents and taking pretty photos but the pregnancy is catching up with me, the hours in the day seem to pass without me realising it and, […]
As I have mentioned in a few of these Christmas posts, my family has a few things that we do each and every year that make up our own little traditions. The visits from Santa, the morning trips to the cafe, the mojitos in the […]
YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I have been so excited for this post! I may not be able to enjoy a stiff drink at the moment (and to be honest, I actually haven’t felt like one) but I can still appreciate one, or, the idea of one. I had planned to make all of these and take photos and all of that, but 1. they would all go to waste because I can’t drink them, 2. some of them include spirits that I don’t have and 3. this is a great opportunity to acknowledge my fellow creatives and bloggers who came up with these festive drinks!
To access the following recipes, simply click on each of the hyperlinks.
First up, from My Diary of Us is the Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash!
PureWow has you covered with their Hot Buttered Rum (or as they call it “the grown-up’s alternative to hot chocolate) which will give you Harry Potter feels – well, it does for me at least.
I stumbled across the STUNNING blog. Wholesome Patisserie, when I was searching for the best Eggnog recipe and was so pleased to discover that its creator is Australian!
Old Fashioned‘s are my drink. Everyone who knows me, knows this about me. They are the perfect cocktail for every holiday, season, celebration and life. Pete’s and my absolute FAVOURITE bourbon is Woodford Reserve, and so when I found this recipe from Kitchen Swagger, I knew it was the one I needed to post.
From Kansas City, Missouri, we have a Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned from Salted Plains that is everything I ever want at Christmas. I think that the Old Fashioned is perfect as it is, but just for a little bit of extra Christmas spirit (notice the pun), this recipe is heaven.
This next STUNNING cocktail is from Floating Kitchen. The Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktail is utterly gorgeous and seriously photogenic. Take photos THEN consume.
One cocktail that has always been a staple for Mum and I whenever we closed the cafe over Christmas and New Year was the ol’ favourite mojito. So I thought that this White Christmas Mojito from Half Baked Harvest was the perfect mix of summer memories and Christmas spirit!
Next up we have the Cinnamon Roll Cocktail from Farm Wife Drinks which is the most simple, easy-to-make cocktail I could ever dream of, consisting of only two ingredients (plus ice). And anything that tastes like cinnamon rolls is FINE BY ME. (Also, apparently Fireball whiskey mixed with classic creaming soda tastes like a cinnamon roll as well!)
For Christmas morning, I can’t think of what would go with my famous lemon sugar pancakes than these Christmas Morning Mimosas from How Sweet Eats! So pretty. So festive. So Christmas.
And finally, the Sriracha Bloody Mary from White on Rice Couple. I only tried my first Bloody Mary at the beginning of this year and it changed EVERYTHING. I freaking love them. Perfect for something a bit different for a Christmas Day Barbeque in the sun!
My mother is many things.
She is creative and fun, intelligent and beautiful, entrepreneurial and hilarious.
My mother is also Santa.
For as long as I can remember, my mum has prepared the most epic Santa scavenger hunts, puzzles and presents for my brothers and I. Even when all three of us knew that Santa Claus and his chimney-dwelling ways weren’t real, mum continued to surprise us with ‘visits from Santa’ each and every Christmas morning (besides one year when Jack, Hugo and I turned the tables and surprised mum instead – but more details on that later).
One of my fondest memories of Christmas and my childhood as a whole, really, was the Christmas of 1997. I was six years old and had bunk beds in my room. I woke up well before daybreak on Christmas morning to find an array of presents at the foot of my bed – most notably there was a big teddy bear wearing a yellow knitted jumper with the word ‘teddy’ stitched onto it and in his lap was Crash Bandicoot 2 for PlayStation. I remember holding my new teddy’s paw in one hand, tucking the game under the same arm and clumsily climbing down the ladder of my bunk-bed. I set the television and the PlayStation up and excitedly started playing my beloved Crash Bandicoot. By the time the sun eventually rose and the rest of my family started waking up I had already finished the game. It is still one of my mum’s – and actually, my whole family’s – favourite stories to tell around this time of year.
Since then, mum gets more and more creative with each year that passes. Sometimes there will be clues hidden around the house that leads each of us to different rooms where our presents are hiding, other times the three of us need to work together to get our presents and then some years she just decorates the hell out of the house so that when we would open our doors, we were immediately met with Christmas. It has been a long-standing tradition that my mum started, and I haven’t heard of anyone else’s parents who went to the lengths and creativity that my mum did. Christmas Day morning Santa visits are something that I will definitely be continuing the tradition of for my son.
One year when we were all still living under the same roof, each of us woke up and opened our bedroom doors to signs made from tissue paper and cotton buds that said “HO”. Loose cotton buds reminiscent of snow were scattered all the way down the hallway, down the stairs and to the Christmas tree where our gifts were waiting.
Another year, throughout the entire house, mum had hidden pieces of brown paper with partial clues written on them. All three of us had to find all of the pieces and figure out the clues which then lead us to our presents from mum.
One of my other favourite Santa visits was when we all walked downstairs and there were four milk crates that mum had wrapped and filled with tinsel and wrapping paper and cotton balls. We had to completely tear it apart and sift through it all to find whatever presents she had hidden in there. Similar to this, I think it was two years after that that in the middle of the lounge room was a HUGE pile of tinsel and other various Christmas decorations – and I mean HUGE.. once again we had to dig and search for what lay within it!
My brothers and I did give mum a break one year when we took over the reigns as Santa. Once mum had gone to bed and shut her door, my brothers and I strung three entire lengths of twine across the hallway and down the stairs in a zig-zaggy mess. We also printed out about thirty copies of Jason Bateman’s head (he is mum’s favourite) and hung them from the ceiling. We set her off on a scavenger hunt that led her through all of the string. She had to follow each clue to the next one until she eventually found her presents. From memory, I think they were in the dryer..
When we were really young, Mum and my brother’s dad used to do the whole plate of cookies, carrot sticks and half-drunk beer thing. Mum put flour on the kitchen floor and made it look like Santa and the reindeers had trundled on through, but that was soon replaced by mum’s epic creativity. I love what mum did for us because it was so unique and varied and we never knew what to expect. We looked forward to the hunt and surprise of it all more than the reward at the end of it. The visits from Santa have always made for a really fun way to start Christmas morning; there was always laughter, always love and always always hugs. What mum did for us year in and year out has stayed with me, and I cannot wait to give the same gift of fun and joy to my son.
I have never found gift-giving particularly difficult. Those that I buy for, I generally know pretty well whether it be a family member, a partner or a friend. I actually love the lead up to Christmas and writing a list of ideas for presents for […]