Ultimate List: 66 Christmas Movies on Netflix in 2023

We all love a Christmas movie. It’s a chance to snuggle down under a blanket with a hot chocolate and take a break from all the busyness of the festive period. If you fancy an afternoon on the sofa watching a movie, I’ve put together a list of the Christmas movies on Netflix this year…

63 Christmas Movies on Netflix in 2023

The 66 Christmas Movies on Netflix in 2023

  • A Brush with Christmas
  • A California Christmas
  • A Castle for Christmas
  • A Christmas Miracle for Daisy
  • A Christmas Prince
  • A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
  • A Family Reunion Christmas
  • A Kindhearted Christmas
  • A Wedding for Christmas
  • Alien Xmas
  • Angel Falls Christmas
  • Angela’s Christmas
  • Angela’s Christmas 2
  • Bad Santa 2
  • Best. Christmas. Ever!
  • Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus
  • Christmas at the Drive-In
  • Christmas as Usual
  • Christmas at the Coopers
  • Christmas Chronicles 1
  • Christmas Chronicles 2
  • Christmas Inheritance
  • Christmas on Mistletoe Farm
  • Christmas Wedding Planner
  • Christmas with a View
  • Christmas with You
  • David and the Elves
  • Deck the Halls
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • Elf Pets: Santa’s Reindeer Rescue
  • Falling for Christmas
  • Family Switch
  • Father Christmas is Back
  • Happy Holidays from Madagascar
  • Holidate
  • Holiday Rush
  • Home for Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • I believe in Santa
  • I hate Christmas
  • I’m glad it’s Christmas
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
  • Klaus
  • Let it Snow
  • Love at First Sight
  • Love Hard
  • Office Christmas Party
  • Operation Christmas Drop
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
  • Robin Robin
  • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
  • Single all the way
  • Smart Christmas
  • The Claus Family
  • The Claus Family 2
  • The Claus Family 3
  • The Holiday Calendar
  • The Knight Before Christmas
  • The Noel Diary
  • The Princess Switch
  • The Princess Switch: Switched Again
  • Trolls Holiday
  • Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
  • Wonderland

Sadly no Elf, but we live in hope! I watched Robin Robin last Christmas with my son and we loved it! We’ve also really loved the Christmas Chronicles, which hit at just the right time when my son wasn’t quite sure if he still believed or not, and that got us through just one more Christmas!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Which of these 66 films can you recommend?

There’s a slight caveat to this list, which is they’re adding new films all the time, so there might be some films not listed here – if so, please let me know in the comments!

Ultimate List: 66 Christmas Movies on Netflix in 2023

24 Positive Affirmations for Advent

As much as December is a lovely, glittery, warm time of the year, for many people it’s also a time for stress or hardship. I know as a busy mum, I’m usually the last person I get to treat well. I’m so busy rushing around making sure everyone else has the perfect Christmas that I usually end up neglecting myself. I know that once I hit peak exhaustion, my mental health can start to take a hit.

Sometimes, when things start to get on top of me, I remember that as twee as it sounds, affirmations can help. What I like to do is write down positive affirmations on little pieces of paper or card and pop them in a jar. Each day I pull out a new affirmation, read it and put it in my pocket to look at again when I have a moment later, when I need reminding that I am good enough, or that anything is possible.

24 Positive Affirmations for Advent

Download your free sheet of 24 positive affirmations for Advent here!

They remind me a little of the little scraps of paper you get in fortune cookies, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Whatever you do this Christmas, please do find time to be kind to yourself. Self care is so important, especially when your energy reserves are running low.

24 Positive Affirmations for Advent

  1. Say YES to new adventures
  2. I value myself
  3. Do it for your future self
  4. We rise by lifting others
  5. Good things are coming
  6. Remember you are amazing
  7. Be kind and be kindest to yourself
  8. You are enough
  9. You are entirely up to you
  10. You deserve happiness
  11. Today is going to be a great day
  12. Be present and take a deep breath
  13. You’re doing great
  14. I choose to be happy and love myself today
  15. I believe in myself
  16. Anything is possible
  17. I am grateful for the life I have
  18. I accept myself as I am
  19. Today is a new beginning
  20. Forgive yourself for your mistakes
  21. All of your problems have solutions
  22. My challenges help me grow
  23. I am in control
  24. I will get through today

Download your free sheet of 24 positive affirmations for Advent here!

If you liked this, you might also like these 24 acts of kindness for Advent. Merry Christmas!

11 Places to hear Christmas music in Manchester this year

Christmas is a time for traditions and we love a festive day out, or a trip to a Christmas carol concert or two. In Manchester we have lots of great venues within easy reach of our home and they always offer an exciting and varied selection of Christmas musical shows. I’ve picked out 11 places to hear Christmas music in Manchester this year.

11 Places to hear Christmas music in Manchester this year

Handel’s Messiah – Manchester Camerata, Gorton Monastery, December 4th, 3pm

Start your festivities with this most beloved of masterpieces. After the success of last year’s sold out show, Manchester Camerata is back with another stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah by candlelight in the epic setting of the Great Nave of the Monastery. Dating back to 1742, the power and the beauty of Handel’s rousing Hallelujah chorus will engulf the incredible natural acoustics of the space. The performance will transport audiences back in time away from modern distractions to allow for a moment of stillness, rejuvenation and joy before the holiday period. Book your tickets here.

Manchester & Districts Hospital’s Choir Christmas Carol Concert – Bridgewater Hall, December 5th & 6th 7.30pm

Choirs from around Manchester consisting of, in the main, medical and nursing staff who have given up their time to rehearse and sing in this Carol Concert. Ample opportunity, also, for audience participation in many old favourites to help herald the arrival of Christmas. As well as enjoying yourselves the principle purpose is to raise money for CLIC Sargent Young Lives vs Cancer. Book your tickets here.

11 Places to hear Christmas music in Manchester this year

Festive Happening – Manchester Camerata, Albert Hall, December 11th, 3pm

To close out the year, Manchester Camerata present what has become a Christmas tradition with their annual Christmas celebration with the AMC Gospel Choir. Start of your festivities with this incredibly uplifting and moving concert for the whole family. Book your tickets here.

Claus The Musical – The Lowry Theatre, December 14th – January 8th

From the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes the world premiere of Claus The Musical. Based on the beloved children’s book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, this brand-new musical is as magical as Christmas itself. Book your tickets here.

Midwinter Revels, Waterside Arts Centre, December 16th, 7.30pm

Following on from A Christmas Carol: In Concert and A Brief History of Christmas, GreenMatthews present their new festive show – Midwinter Revels. Spanning several centuries, this is a musical celebration of Yuletide past guaranteed to warm the cockles of the most Scrooge-like heart. Featuring Christmas carols, winter folk songs, toe-tapping tunes and a plethora of weird and wonderful instruments, the show is brought to life with their trademark wit and humour. Book your tickets here.

Syd Lawrence Big Band Christmas, Stoller Hall, December 17th, 7.30pm

Renowned for it’s exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music, the Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the wartime million sellers of the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra to the hit songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Count Basie himself described the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as “So good it should be BANNED!”. Book your tickets here.

Away in a Manger, Stoller Hall, December 18th, 4pm

Kantos are back with their annual, sell-out, festive concert, featuring a ceremony of carols old and new. Performing both world premieres and well-known Christmas favourites to add your voice to, this cosy choral afternoon is the perfect way to kickstart your festivities. A fantastic option for classical music veterans and first-time concertgoers alike! Families and children welcome. Book your tickets here.

Carols at Manchester Cathedral, December 20th, 6.30pm

An evening of singing, fun, merriment and reflection, celebrating the incredible work of the people and community groups who work hard throughout the year to ensure ageing adults are kept happy, healthy and connected to loved ones. Book your tickets here.

11 Places to hear Christmas music in Manchester this year

The Muppet Christmas Carol – Bridgewater Hall, December 21st, 3.00pm

Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol will be presented live in concert this winter at The Bridgewater Hall, featuring its musical score performed live alongside the film. The Muppet Christmas Carol sees The Muppets perform the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine).  Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Rat. The film also features Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Gonzo as the narrator Charles Dickens, Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig, and Robin the Frog as Tiny Tim. Book your tickets here.

Swing into Christmas, Stoller Hall, December 22nd, 7.30pm

Celebrate the festive season in style with the vocalists and instrumentalists of Down for the Count Concert Orchestra, as they Swing Into Christmas. This is a Christmas celebration like no other, as Down for the Count recreate the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many more in a luscious 25-piece orchestral setting evoking the sounds of the great Capitol Studios recordings. Book your tickets here.

The Nutcracker – Bridgewater Hall, January 2nd & 3rd, 5.30pm

The most famous fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve.  As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins… Book your tickets here.

There are lots of places to enjoy Christmas music in Manchester this year. If I’ve missed any, please comment below and I will add them. Merry Christmas!

11 Places to hear Christmas music in Manchester this year

Visiting Father Christmas at The Secret Sorting Office

In November my son turned 11 and I thought this would be our last chance to squeeze the last drops of Christmas magic out of his childhood; so I booked us tickets to go to see Father Christmas at The Secret Sorting Office in Whaley Bridge in the Peak District.

The Secret Sorting Office is about a half an hour drive from our home in South Manchester. We arrived a couple of hours early. This gave us the chance to explore this picturesque little village, and grab a hearty lunch in a pub.

I’d heard good things about The Secret Sorting Office in a couple of groups on Facebook. I’d checked out the website too and decided that this would be the place to go to visit Father Christmas this year.

Visiting Father Christmas at The Secret Sorting Office

Booking tickets was easy. I’d followed them on Facebook; so when they opened the booking window, I spotted the announcement and jumped straight in. I found the date and time I wanted and booked the tickets. Two adult tickets and one child cost me £27.85.

The Sorting Office is right opposite the train station, which is handy if you’re arriving on a train. I kind of wished I’d known about that earlier, because I could have spun some kind of Polar Express train journey out of it.

The Secret Sorting Office is up a little staircase in a little shop in Whaley Bridge. You are asked to arrive a little early for your slot. You’re met by a nice lady who tells you all about The Sorting Office and gets you ready to see Father Christmas. You do go in with a few other people, so it’s not a private audience. I did think it would be nice to be able to book that as a premium option.

Visiting Father Christmas at The Secret Sorting Office

Once the previous group leave, everyone gets the chance to ring a bell and then go through to see Father Christmas in his sorting office. He is a casually dressed Father Christmas, which I liked.

The children are invited to sit on cushions in the floor and he talks to them for several minutes; asking questions, making them laugh and letting them know they’ve made it onto the nice list this year. He then tells them a story about the special present he is about to give them. Each child is then given a velvet bag with a very special object inside. I won’t tell you what it is, but we thought it was very lovely and a nice keepsake of the day.

There’s then a chance to take photos with Father Christmas before you say your goodbyes and head home.

It’s a short but sweet visit lasting around 15 minutes. The sorting office is very well done and once you’re in the actual sorting office, it feels very cosy and magical. It’s a small venue, and I did feel a bit close to and wedged in with strangers; even though most of us were wearing masks. They did try and make it as covid safe as possible; but I think a couple of open windows might have helped.

My son loved it, he was enchanted by the stories Father Christmas told. He was a very friendly Santa and seemed to be genuinely pleased to receive letters and drawings from the visiting children; so do take them along if you visit him.

Visiting Father Christmas at The Secret Sorting Office

A visit to The Secret Sorting Office costs £15.95 per child, £5.95 per adult  £2.95 for babies accompanying a full paying child. Cost-wise it’s quite reasonable and it is definitely magical and lovely. I think if this is our last year of believing, then we’ve ended our run on a high. I’m so glad we booked tickets and spent the afternoon in Whaley Bridge. It’s a definite recommendation from us for next year.

For more information about The Secret Sorting Office, visit their website

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Recipe: Christmassy Rocky Road

I love baking at Christmas, but sometimes I just want to step away from the oven and make something colourful, a bit silly and something that Will Ferrell’s Elf might fancy for breakfast. This Christmassy rocky road is a great thing to make with kids, it’s all bashing and stirring and waiting patiently (and impatiently) for it to set so it can be cut up and gobbled down greedily.

Rocky road usually has marshmallows in it, but I decided to swap these out for Haribo Christmas Trees to make each slice extra festive. If you want to leave the gummy sweets out and stick to the traditional marshmallows, then just swap them in the recipe.

Christmas Recipe: Christmassy Rocky Road


200g Milk Chocolate, broken into small pieces
2 Tablespoons of golden syrup
135g Unsalted butter
200g gingerbread men
100g Christmas sweets, I used Haribo Christmas Trees
75g Dried Cranberries
60g Smarties or M&Ms
Christmas sprinkles

Line a high sided baking tray with baking parchment. I used a square 20cm tin.

Put the milk chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a glass bowl. Using a bain-marie (put an inch or two of hot water in the pan and place the glass bowl over the top making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl) over a gentle heat. Stir the chocolate, golden syrup and butter until everything has melted together.

While the chocolate mixture is slowly melting, put the gingerbread biscuits into a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they’re broken up, but not crumbs. Ideally you want a mixture of chunky pieces and smaller, crumbly bits. Once bashed, tip them into a mixing bowl. Add the marshmallows and raisins and the Smarties or M&Ms and add them to the biscuit mix.

Christmas Recipe: Christmassy Rocky Road

Once the chocolate mixture has melted, take it off the heat and carefully tip the biscuity mix into the chocolate. Stir it well and make sure everything is coated. Then tip it onto your baking tray spread the mixture out and gently press it down with the back of a spoon. It needs to be about 2cm deep as a minimum, but the thicker the better as far as I’m concerned.

Lastly, sprinkle over your Christmas sprinkles and put somewhere cool (or in the fridge) to chill and set for a few hours, preferably overnight if you can wait that long!

If you enjoy regular rocky road, then this Christmas version is so much extra. The gingerbread biscuits really make it extra special, and all the festive treats packed into it make feel like a bar full of festive joy.

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Christmas Recipe: Christmassy Rocky Road

40 of the Best Christmas Books for Adults

Most years, as the calendar flips over to December, I dust down my copy of A Christmas Carol and re-read it. Just like most people have favourite Christmas films, it’s totally normal to have favourite Christmas books too. I’ve picked out 40 of the best Christmas books for adults this year for you to enjoy.

In my list of festive books for adults to read this season, some are comforting reads best enjoyed by the fire, some are spooky tales full of ghosts and some are Christmas classics, pure and simple.

From Christmas classics, to action and adventure; Christmas romance, and festive mysteries, and Christmas story collections, there’s bound to be something on this list for you to enjoy during this festive season.

40 of the Best Christmas Books for Adults

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40 of the Best Christmas Books for Adults

Christmas Classics

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Festive Action and Adventure

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Whiteout by Ken Follet
Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome

Christmas Romance

A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
A Season to Remember by Sheila O’Flanagan
A Winter’s Dream by Sophie Claire
Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
Christmas at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson
Christmas for Beginners by Carole Matthews
Christmas Pudding by Nancy Mitford
Falling for Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Going Home by Harriet Evans
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris
Someday at Christmas by Lizzie Bydon
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
The Gift by Cecilia Ahern
The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
Village Christmas by Laurie Lee
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Festive Mysteries

A Killer in Winter by Susanna Gregory
A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon
Death Comes at Christmas by Gladys Mitchell
Murder Most Festive by Ada Moncrieff
The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

Seasonal Story Collections

An English Christmas by John Julius Norwich
Christmas at Fairacre by Miss Read
Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson
Stocking Fillers: Twelve Short Stories for Christmas by Debbie Young
The Penguin book of Christmas stories

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy my list of 25 Christmas Books for Kids!

40 of the Best Christmas Books for Adults

Christmas: 12 favourite festive cakes and bakes

I was chatting about baking to a mum in the playground yesterday, we discovered a shared love of fairly unusual continental recipes, the kind Paul and Pru would give to Bake Off contestants to try and baffle them into submission. It got me thinking about some of my favourite things I’ve baked and blogged, so I thought I’d choose 12 of our favourite festive cakes, bakes and makes and give them another airing.

I promise you they’re all easy, I lack the patience, time and skill to do anything too fancy and time consuming; but they’re all delicious.

Mincemeat Flapjack

One of the most enduring and classic flavours of Christmas is mincemeat. Mince pies are an undeniable Christmas classic, but I’ve been throwing mincemeat into cakes and vol au vents for a few years now. It’s too good an ingredient just to use in little pies. So I baked a hearty batch of mincemeat flapjack and they all but disappeared in an afternoon. They’re simple, they’re filling and most of all, they’re delicious.

12 of our favourite festive cakes, bakes and makes

Lebkuchen Cake 

Traditionally a moreish soft biscuit, I decided to attempt a German Lebkuchen Cake with considerable success. The recipe is easier than it looks to make and the results are truly scrumptious. It’s one of our favourite festive cakes!

12 of our favourite festive cakes, bakes and makes

Danish Butter Cookies

Because to me, and other children of the 80’s, Danish Butter Cookies are forever linked to Christmas, it’s at this time of year I tend to make them the most. A batch of cookies neatly wrapped in brown paper, or in a decorative bag or box make a lovely little edible gift for someone.

Christmas Recipe: Danish Butter Biscuits


Traditionally Joulutorttu are made with puff pastry and a special Finnish prune jam. However I made mine with a Christmas preserve, but it does need a good firm set jam. Try plum or prune conserve for authenticity. They look a bit tricky to make, but it’s ready-roll puff pastry and jam and  a bit of arty twisting of the pastry.


Chocolate Dipped Candied Orange Slices

I like to make a big batch of these chocolate dipped candied orange slices at Christmas and give little bags of them as presents for people. They’re also a really nice treat to take away on holiday to nibble with a nice glass of good red wine in the evening.

Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Candied Orange Slices

Mincemeat Filo Rolls

I do love mince pies, but sadly the pastry doesn’t love me. Instead of the usual shortcrust pastry pies, I make these alternative mince pies, with filo pastry and in the style of a spring roll. These Mincemeat Filo Rolls were really, really lovely.

Easy Christmas Recipe: Mincemeat Filo Rolls

Mulled Cider Jellies

Sometimes, and this is not very often, I mull too much cider and I’ll have some left. Sure, I could heat it up again later, but I fancied making something different with it. I thought I’d make some Mulled Cider Jellies. It turns out they make a really interesting, different and delicious festive dessert. You could make them just as well with apple juice if you’re serving them to children or people who don’t drink alcohol. It’s a very pretty dessert and just a bit different.

Christmas Recipe: Mulled Cider Jellies

Christmas Pudding Ice Cream

This is an incredibly easy dessert, imagine a rich vanilla ice cream topped with Courvoisier soaked festive fruits. It’s utterly delicious, you can whip it up the night before, or make it up to a month ahead of the big day. It is delicious, incredibly simple and uses only four ingredients. I think we’ve found a winner!

12 of our favourite festive cakes, bakes and makes

Sticky Ginger Sponge Cake with Cinnamon Frosting

I love a bit of ginger cake and at this time of year it’s a lovely warming bake to make for the family. It’s sticky and spicy and you can dress it up for Christmas, or dress it down for every day cake eating if you prefer. This sticky ginger sponge cake with cinnamon frosting is special enough to serve for an occasion, or you could glitz it up a bit more and serve it as an alternative Christmas cake. It’s about as easy as can be.

Easy Recipe: Sticky Ginger Sponge Cake with Cinnamon Frosting

Cranberry and Pomegranate Jelly

Puddings at Christmas time can be a bit on the heavy side. All that booze soaked fruit and extra thick cream can get a bit much; plus if you’re feeding the whole family, Christmas pudding is not a universally popular choice. What is always, always popular is jelly. This is a jelly that everyone in the family can enjoy – cranberry and pomegranate jelly!

Recipe: Cranberry and Pomegranate Jelly

Peppermint Bark Buttons

Homemade treats make for really lovely gifts at Christmas. These Peppermint Bark Buttons are really fun to make and they’re delicious too.

Homemade Gifts: Peppermint Bark Buttons

Cinnamon & Raisin Shortbread

I originally created this shortbread recipe in 2013 in celebration of the Great British Bake Off; it’s been a favourite ever since. Cinnamon and raisin are a great combination and this lovely crumbly shortbread is a great bake all year round.

Recipe: Cinnamon & Raisin Shortbread

So that’s my little round up of my 12 of our favourite festive cakes, bakes and makes. What are your favourite favourite festive cakes, bakes or makes?

12 of our favourite festive cakes, bakes and makes

40 Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas for Toddlers

Putting together Christmas stockings is one of my favourite things about Christmas, and it’s something I put a fair amount of effort into each year. It can be hard at times to come up with Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas, so I’ve come up with 40 suggestions for stocking stuffers for toddlers.

Each Christmas Eve, we hang our stockings by the fire, and come Christmas morning, they’ve been magically filled with goodies and for some reason, left at the end of our beds.

Christmas morning always begins with a coffee in bed, whilst we all open out stockings and begin the day with a handful of chocolate coins, or several slices of a chocolate orange.

40 Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas for Toddlers

This tried and tested tradition can be a bit of a brain ache to put together. Finding just the right amount of small items to stuff your stocking with is a task not everyone relishes. I’ve put together a list of Christmas stocking filler idea for toddlers, which should help you, or Father Christmas with this festive task.

40 Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas for Toddlers

  1. Christmas socks
  2. A set of flash cards
  3. A Kinder egg
  4. A Christmas book
  5. Bath toys, like ducks or a baby shark
  6. A small duplo set
  7. Noisemakers or small instruments like bells
  8. Chunky markers or crayons
  9. A keepsake Christmas tree decoration
  10. A new toothbrush
  11. A bag of chocolate coins
  12. Satsuma
  13. Hot chocolate stirrer
  14. Stickers
  15. Bath crayons
  16. Expandable flannel
  17. A small cuddly toy
  18. Wooden name letters for their bedroom door
  19. A spinning top
  20. Wiggly worm clutching toy
  21. Paint set
  22. Playdoh pots
  23. Toy vehicles
  24. Silly headband or hat (antlers or similar)
  25. New cup or water bottle
  26. Their favourite snack
  27. Gingerbread man
  28. A light up ball
  29. Bubbles
  30. Finger puppets
  31. Lanka kade wooden animal figures
  32. Bubble bath
  33. A little game, like Pop Up Pirate
  34. Candy canes
  35. Some warm gloves
  36. Stacking cups
  37. Glow in the dark stars
  38. Paint brushes, or some brush paints
  39. Wooden bead sets to practice their threading
  40. A push along toy

Stuffing a stocking on Christmas Eve is one of the parts of Christmas I look forward to the most. Have I missed anything off this list? If so, please comment below with your Christmas stocking filler ideas.

40 Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas for Toddlers

Crafts: How to make a Christmas Button Wreath

If you’re looking for a simple but quite beautiful Christmas craft, then this is probably it. These lovely Christmas button wreath decorations are really simple to make and look great hanging on a tree. Not to mention, if you’re making them with the kids, then it’s excellent for their fine motor skills!

A few years ago I made a selection of button Christmas decorations, and each year when I hang them on the tree, I continue to be impressed by them. They’re so simple to make, but look really quite cool.

Crafts: How to make a Christmas Button Wreath

I have billions of buttons, so one quiet afternoon, I decided to try my hand at a simple Christmas button wreath decoration. I thought it would look pretty good on the tree and I was not wrong. They really are simple to make and you can make it as colourful or traditional as you want. Here’s how I made mine.

How to make a Christmas button wreath

You will need:
70-100 buttons in whatever colours you want
A length of craft or jewellery wire
Wire cutters (optional)
Ribbon for a bow and for hanging

Making your Christmas button wreath –

Start off by cutting a length of wire approximately 25cm long. Put a little bend in one end to stop the buttons slipping off.


Next you can start threading the buttons onto the wire. I did this in red-green-white order, but you can use whatever colours in whatever order you want. My Christmas colour palette is very traditional, but yours can be as colourful as you like.

Once you’re threaded your buttons onto the wire and you’re happy with how they look (I tried to put the smaller buttons at each end and the larger ones in the middle), it’s time to tie it off.

Crafts: How to make a Christmas Button Wreath

Take both ends of the wire and twist them together so the buttons can no longer slip off. Twist them together tightly, you may need to snip off the excess wire with your wire cutters. If you can, tuck the ends under and between the buttons so they are out of the way.

Gently pull the wire and buttons into a circle shape to make the wreath, this shouldn’t take very much effort at all.

Crafts: How to make a Christmas Button Wreath

Next take a length of ribbon and tie it around the top of the wreath, tucking in the ends of the twisted wire. Tie the ends of the ribbon with a firm knot to make a hanging loop. Take another length of ribbon and tie a nice bow at the top of the wreath. It should now be ready to hang on your tree.

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Crafts: How to make a Christmas Button Wreath

9 ideas for things to do on Boxing Day

When I was a child, Boxing Day was always for turkey sandwiches and watching The Great Escape on the TV. Now I have a family of my own, we have our own traditions and ways we like to spend the day. I always think that after the jollity and excitement of Christmas, the days after can seem a bit flat. But Boxing Day is ripe for making your own fun, even if turkey sandwiches and old films are not your thing.

9 ideas for things to do on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on 26 December, the day after Christmas Day. It is also sometimes known as St Stephen’s Day. The name Boxing Day comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor. It was also traditionally a day off for servants who could go home on Boxing Day to see their families and give boxes of gifts to them.

9 ideas for things to do on Boxing Day

Blow away the cobwebs

A family walk is often a good way to spend Boxing Day. Whether it’s a stroll around your local park, a visit to a National Trust property, a trip to the beach or a family hike; it’s good to get out and get some fresh air and exercise.

Watch a movie

Whether it’s an old classic or a modern favourite, snuggling up on the sofa and sharing a bag of popcorn is a great way to spend a family afternoon. It’s low cost too, the Boxing Day TV schedules are packed with good films to choose from.

Lego unboxing day

This is a new tradition which is being promoted by Lego, and I think it’s a great one. Essentially, if you got Lego for Christmas, Boxing Day is the day to get it open and get building as a family. This is something we like to do anyway, so it’s nice to see it formally adopted by everyone else!

Watch a show or go and see a pantomime

Christmas is a great time to go to the theatre with the family. There are always great shows on at this time of year and of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a trip to see a pantomime. Of course, 2020 is a bit different and most theatres are closed, but if you look around you can find drive-in shows and lots of theatres are live streaming pantomimes this year.

Sales Shopping

I’m not much of a shopper, but I do know of people who love the scrummage of a Boxing Day sale. If this is your idea of a good time, then good luck to you. I’m not sure what kind of high street sales will be on this year, but I’m sure there will be some bargains to be had online. And don’t forget your local shops, who need your support now more than ever. Happy shopping!

Christmas lights

Trips out to see festive lights, such as at Dunham Massey or The Lanterns at Chester Zoo have been growing in popularity over the last few years and in all the rush before Christmas, it can be hard to fit a trip in. Some of these lovely attractions run right up until New Year; so booking tickets for Boxing Day would be a lovely way to spend a few hours in the evening. Flasks of mulled wine and pockets full of mince pies are optional!

Watch some sports

Boxing Day is a big day for sports, with Premiership matches played, Test cricket and rugby games to choose from. They’ll be no watching it down the pub this year; but if you’re lucky you might be able to watch your favourite sports from the comfort of your own home.

101 ways with leftover turkey

Ok, so before Christmas you bought a turkey which would feed 14 and there were 6 people around the dining table. Now you have more turkey than you know what to do with. Today is the day to tackle the leftover turkey. Turkey sandwiches, turkey curry, turkey salad, you name it, put turkey in it. If in doubt, cut it into slices; then cover with gravy and freeze in portions for easy midweek roast dinners for the next few months.

Take the tree down!

This is another tradition I cannot get on board with, but other people can’t wait to take their tree down and de-festive the house. As soon as Christmas Day is over, all the decorations come down for another year and life returns to normal. Personally I leave everything up until twelfth night; but I can see the attraction of wanting to strip everything back to how it should be; especially when you’ve got a large and increasingly dead tree taking up too much space in your living room.

What will you be doing on Boxing Day? What are your traditions? I think we will be having a family walk and then we will watch a film and do some damage to a selection box or two. Merry Christmas!

9 ideas for things to do on Boxing Day