Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Britmums Christmas Carnival

About a hundred years ago I offered to host one of the regular Britmums blogging carnivals, and at the time the 20th of December seemed a loooong way off. And yet, here we are - we've already had snow here and it'll be Christmas in a few days.

So, without further ado I present some humdinger blog posts, so why not make a cuppa and enjoy a mince pie (or two) while you read them. We've got crafts, songs, traditions, a bit of reminiscing and the odd (very odd) present idea.

Curly Mum is getting a bit stressed in the run-up to Christmas. I wonder if the secret stash of goodies will be safe behind the sofa? Let's hope so.

Perhaps Elinor Wilde has the answer, with her 5 Steps to a stress-free Christmas. I'm taking notes...

Mammasaurus offers us her version of the Ultimate Christmas Song with possibly the cutest video clip you'll see this week.

The very talented Maggy at Red Ted Art shows us how to make gorgeous little walnut babies. I take my hat off to you Maggy, you're a genius.

Looking for a Christmas present that's just a little bit different? Cocktails at Naptime have just the thing, including yodelling lederhosen and dolls that look like a demented David Lee Roth. No, really it's true.

I don't think you can beat giving a homemade present at Christmas, and Nova at Cherished by Me has a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Truffles which she'll be giving to some lucky person.

Laura at Adventures of an Ordinary Parent has had a busy year! Not only has she had extensive building work on her house but she's had a baby, but finally she's looking forward to Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas!

When you have lots of visitors it's good to have some homemade cakes to offer, so how about a Christmas Angel Cake recipe? Here's a very colourful one at Here Come The Girls.

I'm not very good at last minute cooking or baking, but when the Domestic Goddesque has to make last minute treats she doesn't panic - oh no, she does something very clever with chocolate digestives and makes Christmas pudding biscuits. I, on the other hand, would just shove the packet of biscuits into the child's school bag and hope for the best.

Life, Ninja Killer Cat and everything else reminisces about a fabulous trip to Lapland and has lovely photos of reindeer, huskies and smiling children. What a wonderful memory for her son to have.

What will you be doing on Christmas Day? Nicki at Curly and Candid knows exactly what she'll be doing, and it sounds so good I'm thinking of inviting myself along for next year!

Liz at the Mum Blog is in Christmas denial. I hear you Liz, and I wonder if it's something that happens when our children don't believe anymore?

Victoria at It's a Small World After All is enjoying being home for Christmas after spending last year visiting penguins.  I wonder if they sent a card this year?

Madamding is enjoying listening to Christmas carols and I must admit to having a soft spot for O Holy Night - and this version is particularly lovely.

If you prefer something a bit different, then Kelloggsville might have just the song for you with 'Zat you Santa Claus?

Sandy at Baby Baby is getting all crafty on her blog and shows us how to make a very attractive Christmas wreath. If only I'd read it before buying one!

And Super Lucky has compiled a list of Christmas competitions for children - that should keep the little ones busy over the holiday!

At The Life and Times of the working Mum, Laura tells us about some of her Christmas traditions which she hopes to pass onto her son Leo.

I used to love it when my daughters wrote letters to Santa, and on The Anamumblog there's a very sweet one from Miss N, and his reply! Now that's what Christmas is all about.

I hope you enjoy reading them all, and perhaps finding some new favourite blogs to follow.

Merry Christmas!