10 Christmas Fails we love to repeat

christmas fails

  1. You decide to play a game of monopoly with the whole family. Four hours later only the buyer of Mayfair still gives a shitMonopoly at Christmas
  2. You fill up on Roses and Quality Streets before the five-course Christmas dinner
  3. You don’t want to pay £8 for ‘guaranteed Christmas delivery’ on Amazon. Anyway, it says 7-10 days and you’ve got 11 so surely it will arrive on time. It doesn’t.
  4. Even though you promised yourself you wouldn’t, you decide to go out for a couple of drinks on Christmas Eve (it is Christmas afterall…) At 10pm you decide to get the shots in. At 4am you stumble home in your Santa hat singing to the Pogues. At 7am you seem to have lost your Christmas spirit; Santa should not have come here.
  5. drunk SantaIt takes your dad five attempts to set the Christmas pudding alight. And then nobody wants to eat it anyway.
  6. You spend a good 30 minutes choosing the perfect Christmas tree. You don’t want anything that will be ‘lost’ in your living room, and symmetry is so important. When you get home you realise it’s too tall to fit a star on top. It’s actually massive – you’ll need to saw off that two feet you just paid an extra £20 for
  7. christmas tree failYou buy a Christmas jumper to wear especially for Christmas dinner – forgetting that your parents have the heating cranked up so high it’s more like Antigua than Antarctica
  8. christmas jumperYour mum insists that everyone watches the Christmas specials of Corrie and Eastenders, only to fall asleep 10 minutes in
  9. Eastenders imageYou decide to get creative this year and make sloe gin – what a lovely gift for everyone. You plan well in advance, picking the berries, and a good two days are spent making the stuff and buying cute bottles and gift tags. It’s been hard work but at least people will appreciate it. They don’t – they think you’re a cheapskate who didn’t want to fork out £20 on some Bombay…It stays in the drinks cabinet for the next 5 years next to the Amaretto.
  10. Every year your mum has high hopes for the Christmas crackers (“they weren’t cheap these”). Every year they don’t crack but they do contain the same useless spanner, useless nail clippers and useless puzzle…must spend more next year.

Sending lots of festive cheer to everyone! Would love to hear if you can think of any other Christmas Fails that I can add to this list to make 12!?

x

Tutorial: Hand-made Christmas tree decorations

handmade christmas tree decorations

Now that we’re in December it’s considered acceptable to put up the tree and get into the Christmas spirit – hooray! I decided to make some of my own decorations for our tree this year and spent last Sunday setting up my little craft station and singing along merrily to Slade and Mariah, whilst Mr M sank a bottle of red wine (how selfish of him).

I consider myself a bit of a novice when it comes to arts and crafts, with very limited materials, and get frustrated if things start to take too long. So I decided on two fool proof designs…

Hanging heart tree decorations:easy christmas tree decorations

You will need:

  • Sturdy cardboard/ mount board
  • PVA glue
  • Cord/ twine in various colours of your choice
  • Wrapping paper in the colours of your choice
  • Glue dots

How to:

  • Cut out one large and one small heart shape from the mount board
  • rip up the wrapping paper in strips and dip into a bowl of the PVA glue
  • Cover the hearts with the paper and glue (think paper mache technique)
  • leave the hearts to dry (this took a couple of hours)
  • stick the smaller heart onto the larger heart using a glue dot
  • Tie a ribbon out of cord/twine and stick onto the small heart using another glue dot
  • punch a hole in the top and attach twine for hanging on the tree!

Pine cone tree decorations:

You will need:

  • Pine cones
  • Glitter spray (if required)
  • Ribbon
  • glue dots
  • Twine/cord (for hanging)

How to:

  • Spray the pine cones with glitter spray if required (I used Plastikote Project Enamel in silver glitter which is subtle)
  • Make a bow out of the ribbon and stick it to the bottom of the pine cone with a glue dot
  • Use the twine to make a hanging loop. I used glue dots in the first instance to stick it to the cone, which did seem to work initially, but after a week they seem to be dropping! I’ve taken the lazy way out, turned the pine cones the right way up (narrower section at the top) and simply wrapped the twine within the cone – they look equally as lovely (see pic). I’m sure you could attach using a glue gun or similar if you’re a more prepared crafty than I am…

Pine cone tree decorations

Would love to read about any other ideas you have – please feel free to share them with me.

Happy crafting! x