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What is the traditional timescale for Christmas decorations?

Now the ‘big day’ is done for another year and we are looking ahead to the new year, some people will be taking down their Christmas decorations right about now, even though it is not the traditional ‘twelfth night’. According to the Church of England, the twelfth night is the night before Epiphany when the […]

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The Christmas juggle

Lucy Fisk is a wife and mother of two who blogs at Tired From Whitstable. The Christmas juggle is an issue for many families each year, here is her take on it…. I have been discussing with friends about how some of us are having real issues arranging and prioritising Christmas particularly when children and […]

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39 ways to have a simpler Christmas

75% of people agree Christmas is too commercialized and 46% of people say life is overcomplicated At our #SimplerChristmas Twitter conversation we shared tips and ideas on how to enjoy simple pleasures at Christmas. This conversation and prize draw was sponsored by Ikano Bank – the Swedish born bank that’s on a mission to making […]

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Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas

Christmas is a great time to go to the theatre as a family. We sent Kate Davis Holmes, BritMums’ social media maven, and her family to review Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey — a production that broke records last year. This enchanting Christmas experience returns to four venues with a brand new adventure […]

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It’s our Christmas Pinterest Takeover!

We love Christmas — the food, the crafts, the decorations, the crazy gifts that somebody somewhere ought to give us (because everybody needs a Chanel ballgown, right?). Plus it’s such an important family time, with messages of love, forgiveness, sharing, charity and fellowship. All of our excitement about the season just can’t be contained in […]

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40 fun ways to gift a scratchcard this Christmas

Uncover a little more excitement this holiday by making it a Scratchcard Christmas! Scratchcards from the National Lottery give you (or your loved ones — *ahem*) the chance of winning up to £1m, which would make Christmas a very merry one indeed! They make fabulous, fun extras for the over-16s on your list. At our #ScratchcardXmas […]

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Who’s stealing your favourite TV-watching seat?

My husband’s spot is on the white sofa, the end nearest the door. My daughter’s is on the other sofa, usually lounging with a throw. My stepson is in the easy chair and I’m on the other end of the white sofa. Those are our accepted favourite places while watching TV. And if someone sits […]

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Video: Marco Pierre White’s top Christmas turkey tips

Preparing the perfect roast turkey and Christmas dinner is a challenge even for avid cooks. To get answers, BritMums hung out with Marco Pierre White to quiz him about our most pressing issues. The hangout was sponsored by Lean on Turkey, where you can get tips and inspiration for cooking with fresh turkey, including recipes […]

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On starting a Christmas festival for children

Rachel Hughes founded The Little Welly earlier this year when she decided that she wanted to try and pave a job path that better suited raising her young children. Here, she tells us about the journey. There are times when I do wonder why on earth I did start this little welly ball rolling, but […]

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Inspired Christmas gift-wrapping ideas

Get ahead on your Christmas wrapping and create fun, inspired and beautiful presents, from kids crafts to modern minimalism, with strategies and ideas from these fabulous BritMums bloggers (be sure to circle them on G+ to keep up with all their ideas!): Helen Neale of Kiddy Charts gives tips on managing your wrapping before and […]

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Review: Cinderella at the Unicorn Theatre

There comes a point in every young girl’s life when she’s over the whole princess thing. At least, that’s what happened in our family. My daughter no longer wants her heroines served up with a dollop of glitter and a saccharine disposition. That’s one of the reasons we were excited and intrigued by Unicorn Theatre’s […]

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Top mum tips to prepare for Christmas

Now’s the moment. This is the time when you can enjoy pre-Christmas activities with the family and actually get ahead of the game. We brought together 5 creative bloggers to tell us their top mum tips and creative projects that getting their families into the Christmas spirit. Watch the video to discover: an easy-to-make ornament […]

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Finding the right Christmas charity for you

Christmas is the time of year when so many of us want to give to others who would otherwise go without. Liz Jarvis from The Mum Blog talks about choosing a charity that fits with her philosophy. A few years ago, Rosie Shelley and I were invited to visit UNICEF’s headquarters in Copenhagen, where we […]

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A Christmas tree with a twist

  Leyla Brooke shares how her Christmas tree is a walk down memory lane every year. At first glance my Christmas tree looks like any other.  It’s a fake tree with built-in fiber optics.  The tree is black and the lights change colour, nothing out of the ordinary, but don’t let looks deceive you.  Start […]

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Loss at Christmas time

  Christmas is one of the happiest occasions in our yearly calendar, one we all look forward to and a moment when family and friends are celebrated the world over. We spend months of preparations, endless lists and a whole lot of thinking goes into this wonderful time of the year and yet it’s also […]

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The alternative Christmas dinner

  Leyla Brooke blogs at This Day I Love and she shares with us a family tradition that adds an element of magical surprise to her Christmas Day. I would guess that for Christmas this year the majority of households will be having turkey, stuffing, sprouts, a selection of veg, mash, roasts and gravy.  I […]

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Yorkshire Pudding for the Soul: Creating a magical Christmas

Sara Bran reminds us about the magic of Christmas and how to keep it alive When I think back to my childhood Christmases, it’s not the presents or family arguments I recall, but a visceral feeling deep in my belly. I remember the anticipation, a rumble of butterflies, a skipping giggle near my heart. I’m […]

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Children’s Christmas Books

  As a family we love to read and we read to our children every night.  On the 1st December I always get the Christmas themed books out.  I find that its a great way for our children to learn about Christmas, we have nativity style books so they can learn the meaning behind Christmas […]

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