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 innocent xmas 

With the festive season upon us, it's the best time of year to get your kids making stuff. We’ve come up with a few ideas for stuff they can do and make, using stuff lying round the house. So if the advent calendars have been polished off already and you're in need of something to stop the whenisSantagettinghere questionning, get them going on these Christmas crackers.



Festive Napkin Folding

Get the kids practicing their linen origami skills now and come Christmas Day, your festive table will look very fancy. Any way of making setting the table more fun is surely the best present you could ask for. And if they really get into the folding fun, then you can challenge them to fashion the whole Nativity scene out of serviettes. Perhaps best to start off simple with an easy-to-fold Christmas tree before moving on to deluxe cribs. Click here for a step-by-step guide.



Thankyou card


Christmas thank you letters

Forego festive feuding this year and get the kids to make their thank you cards in advance. That way, all they have to do once Santa has been is sign their name at the bottom and pop them in the post. No chivvying needed




Bubble and Squeak

Another winning recipe from our new family cookbook Hungry?, bubble and squeak is possibly the finest (and tastiest) way to use up any leftover veg from Christmas lunch. Get the kids mashing, frying and eating while you put your feet up and have another glass of eggnog. Boxing Day lunch sorted.

What you will need
300g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks,1 large leek, washed and finely chopped, 300g cooked root veg (sweet potatoes, carrots, swedes, parsnips and so on), cut into chunks, 1/2 green cabbage, shredded, A few sprigs of thyme, stalks removed, 100g Cheddar cheese coarsely grated and a few knobs of butter

  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the potatoes and boil until tender. Meanwhile, in another pan, cook the cabbage in boiling water for 5 minutes, until wilted.
  • Drain both pans then add the cooked potatoes and wilted cabbage into a big pan and mash together with the cooked root veg.
  • Next, heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the leek until soft. Then add the thyme, mashed veg and sprinkle in the cheese.
  • Remove the mixture from the pan onto a board and divide into little flat cakes.
  • Finally, return the frying pan to heat, add some more butter and lightly fry the cakes on both sides

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