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Poncetastic Christmas 2014

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HopeAndStories Thu 25-Sep-14 13:40:08

(Posting FellatioNelson's OP from previous years thanks)

OK, first of all, I know it's still September by we need to start this thread now because as you all know, having a truly Poncetastic Christmas involves precision planning, strategy, bravery, heroics, and frequently martyrdom. A bit like the war in Afghanistan, only with nicer food and sparkly shoes.

So, if you, like me, actually want to make the next twelve weeks of your life a misery by hand-crafting your cards, finding a huge bucket for Nigella's turkey in brine, pickling pears, shrivelling oranges in a low oven for those rustic au naturel decorations, dragging half a holly bush back from the woods, and just generally being a smug annoying jobsworth ponce, join me on this thread.

Feel free to post photos of previous tree-trimming, cake icing or table centrepiece triumphs, discuss this year's bauble colour themes, debate the merits of Delia versus Gordon, road-test a selection of canapes and cocktails, (all in the line of duty) and link to lovely inspirational photos/craft ideas for a truly Poncetastic Christmas.

Warning: If your idea of a good Christmas involves Pizza, ITV, gravy granules or anything with 'Aunt Bessies' on the packet, this is not the thread for you.

Umlauf Thu 25-Sep-14 13:49:04

Hooray! Thank you hopeandstories

I have been excited about this thread for months! This will be my first ever proper poncetastic Christmas. I come from a poncetastic family, luckily, so the burden of Christmas day will fall to my Mum, but everything else is up to me. And it is DSs second Christmas and I am much more relaxed than last year.

So far I have made Delia's mincemeat and learned to crochet so that I can have beautifully homespun decorations - currently working on this bunting and have already done these snowflakes

For my wrapping, I have bought pretty christmas ribbon and tiny coloured bells!

The vodka is bought ready to make my cranberry vodka for cocktails the weekend after next and some for presents in individual bottles I have decorated with crocheted mistletoe (any ideas of how to disguise the hideous neon orange cap??)

As I'm so new to poncing I bow to your superior knowledge and skills and will be every so grateful for inspiration.

WildFlowersAttractBees Thu 25-Sep-14 13:49:39

With three calendar months to go I can't wait. Let the poncing begin.

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 25-Sep-14 13:52:52

Love this thread. thanks

I've started the decorations and one present.

I think I'm going to do crystallised figs again this year. They went down really well last year.

misscph1973 Thu 25-Sep-14 13:53:22

Oh, wonderful, I am already spending too much thought power on Christmas!

As every year, I will be making Christmas cake and pudding in the autumn break, so that I can start enjoying the Christmas cake on December 1 and so that the pudding gets really christmassy!

Also this year I will take inspiration from FlyLady to get really organised and plan well so that I can actually enjoy Christmas rather than stress over it (not that I ever do stress over it, of course).

JuanFernandezTitTyrant Thu 25-Sep-14 13:54:15

Hello Umlauf fancy seeing you here smile

Minimal poncetasticking here until my October baby's birthday is out if the way. I'm hosting this year to avoid a horrid Christmas at MIL's house

elQuintoConyo Thu 25-Sep-14 13:56:47

Yipee kiay poncestastic Christmastime!

Learnt to crochet - very jealous Umlauf great stuff.

I shall take some pics and post later.

HopeAndStories Thu 25-Sep-14 14:26:32

Lovely crocheting Umlauf.

I need to find the Cath Kidston planner I bought last year but didn't use.

Going to get all my other Christmas books out, and I'm going to pre order the new Great British Bake Off Christmas book.

Going to make my cakes and mincemeat soon.

I think I might also make mars bar vodka again- that went down really well!

Let the poncing begin! grin

OwlBeThereForYou Thu 25-Sep-14 14:26:42

Well done HopeAndStories!!!
I am beyond excited for this thread! I have rearranged the living room and am having a fire and mantelpiece fitted purely just so I can drag in "boughs of holly" to decorate, think that counts for being poncey grin

Also going to start chilli jam and apple jelly this week.

Missc flylady is helping me too! Hoping she can help me clear the dining table by next week, but declutter the house by end of November ready for the decs to go up.

Thinking I need to start a notebook to keep up with stuff, I want to start noting what decs are going up in what room and what presents I've bought etc

Now my pudding dilemma: do I stick with tradition and make it on Stir Up Sunday or do I make it now and give it time to mature? I just love saying Stir Up Sunday wink
There's no question of whose. It's Delia.

Oh I am so excited grin

HopeAndStories Thu 25-Sep-14 14:44:28

I chose this house because of its 3 fireplaces. I love decorating them at Christmas. You won't regret it Owl smile

I love chilli jam, it's always very well received.

This will be the first Christmas that dh and I will be on our own as we've always gone to others. I want to make it really special and poncy.

Does anyone else use Pinterest? Shall we share boards?

TwoNoisyBoys Thu 25-Sep-14 15:11:38

Yay!! I LOVE this thread!! Here go the next three months of my life smilesmilesmile

HopeAndStories Thu 25-Sep-14 15:22:32

Here's my Christmas board on Pinterest.

TheImprobableGirl Thu 25-Sep-14 15:24:20

I'm in, got my Kilmer jars full of brambles and conkers from autumn poncing, but have got dd some good strong gloves for plucking holly for my wreath grin nicely done hope smile

girlywhirly Thu 25-Sep-14 15:49:45

Umlauf, could you crochet little hats to put over the tops of the bottles, or would that be too much of a faff? Like little egg cosies. Or perhaps some sort of coloured foil, scrunched over the orange top.

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 25-Sep-14 16:09:16

Hope, I'm already following you on Pinterest. It must be from last year. grin

I'll link to mine later when I'm on the computer. I'm Resident Mum on there.

CatsCantFlyFast Thu 25-Sep-14 16:14:43

Place marking

Umlauf Thu 25-Sep-14 16:53:05

girly you genius! I shall - little bobble hats with tiny Pom Pom bobbles. Not "Santa hats," much poncier burgundy and gold ones smile

HopeAndStories Thu 25-Sep-14 17:25:54

TheOneWithTheHair smile I bet I'm already following you!

A few people have followed my Christmas board but it won't let me see all the followers, so could you put the link to your board on here so I can follow you please. I don't want to miss any ideas grin thanks

HopeAndStories Thu 25-Sep-14 17:32:20

Sorry, I didn't mean to be bossy blush

MollyBdenum Thu 25-Sep-14 17:34:41

I'm not sure how much poncing I will get done this year, because we are in the middle of getting an extension built. The builders have given us an estimated completion date of end of November and absolutely sworn that it will all be done by Christmas, but I'm planning for the worst (Christmas without a working kitchen, with the house full of dust, rubble and random wires and all of our furniture crammed into one room) just in case.

I might have to ponce vicariously through you lot, and take the children on lots of winter woodland walks with flasks of hot chocolate (and possibly a hip flask of something stronger).

Goodwordguide Thu 25-Sep-14 17:34:53

Ooh, one of my favourite threads! Not sure if we'll be at home for Christmas this year so may not be able to ponce it up beyond decorations - which will be homemade holly wreaths, giant white paper cut snowflakes and pom-poms, greenery everywhere, especially the mantelpieces and lots of fairy lights.

Need to order the gingerbread house to decorate from Lakeland (afraid I draw the line at making my own) but have seen some lovely iced gingerbread baubles I may make.

My mother is knitting us some Nordic baubles as well and I've bought some Scandinavian-type red and cream pattern fabric to make new stockings for us all.

I have started my Cheistmas shopping by preordering the Anna Bond-designed Puffin in Bloom children's classics and I think wrapping paper will be brown paper stamped with Noolibird designs in silver, gold and red (can't link as on phone but it's a great site!).

Roll on Christmas...

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 25-Sep-14 18:40:30

Oooh jumps on board grin
I'm not arty but I do like a nice Christmas Cake (though it's only me that eats it)
I'm going to make a fruit cake and a carrot cake for my parents (next month) so I can revell in the aroma

Umlauf Thu 25-Sep-14 18:46:55

this is my pinterest . I have three Christmas boards blush

I persuaded my lot to go on a wintery woodland walk last weekend. I was most put out that there were no pinecones to speak of. In September. In Spain...

trixymalixy Thu 25-Sep-14 19:05:31

I've been looking at Christmas decorations already. I had started Christmas shopping, but unfortunately John Lewis had to refund it as I was unable to collect due to being off work with vertigo sad.

hideandsqueak Thu 25-Sep-14 19:06:36

Ahh I am really excited about Christmas this year as DS will be 1 and I am still off on mat leave so can obsess about decorations etc 24/7

I have been planning for a few weeks now but in secret. My main problem is I can't afford most of the pretty things I see on Pinterest and am devoid of any craft talent...

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