Christmas is my favourite time of the year [right after Spring, Christmas in July, Easter and birthdays]. I start preparing for Christmas weeks in advance so that our house is packed with lots of fun surprises and home make treats on the day.
I may have mentioned before that my Mother brought an old gramophone and a huge pile of vinyl records with her when we came out to South Africa on a ship. I loved those records and used to listen to them over and over again. My Mother had [and I now have as I nicked all the records from my long-suffering younger sister, Cath] a number of Christmas records. My favourite was [and still is] Jim Reeves’ Twelve songs of Christmas. Of his lovely selection, this one is my favourite:
As part of our Christmas preparations, Michael and I are making Christmas wreathes using chocolates and tinsel.
What you will need
A wire coat hanger bent into a circular shape;
Six short lengths of narrow ribbon;
A packet of chocolates with wrappers that tie;
A length of tinsel;
Once Christmas decoration of your choice.
How to make the Christmas wreath
Attach the chocolates to the ribbon at 7.5 cm intervals. Tie the top of the ribbon to the top of the coat hanger and then wind the ribbon around the wire coat hanger. Don’t make the ribbon lengths to long or it will tangle when you wind it. When you reach the end of the first piece of ribbon, tie on the next length, until you have wound the ribbon and chocolates all around the circular wire hanger.
Next, Attach the end of the tinsel to the top of the coat hanger and wind it around the circle, weaving it between the sweets so that they stick out all around. I used a piece of ribbon to tie the tinsel securely to the top of the hanger. I used another piece of tinsel to attach a pretty Christmas decoration to the wreath, hanging down from top of the hanger.
The Christmas wreaths came out really well.
These two are mine:
This one is Michael’s:
He chose his own colour scheme and a little hedgehog decoration for the middle. Michael told me his wreath is for his Great-grandmother [aged 96 years] as he wants her to be happy on Christmas day. Isn’t he just the sweetest boy?