In this article disability consultant Helen Dolphin picks out her favourite blogs for sparking inspiration this holiday season. See what sites she recommends below.
If you’re needing a bit of inspiration for recipes, entertainment or gifts then look no further then these Christmas blogs. I’ve had a great time looking through them all and I’ve now got lots of new recipes to try out as well as some decoration ideas to attempt. I’ve even found out how to clean an artificial Christmas tree (I never thought you had to) and that there is such a thing as a healthy Christmas cake!
Under The Christmas Tree
Under The Christmas Tree is a UK based Christmas website, with news, expert advice, and suggestions for recipes, gifts and decorations. It also has reviews of books to read over Christmas as well as links to offers in shops, supermarket Christmas adverts and competitions.
Christmas.co.uk is home to Christmas-related news and ideas on activities to do in the home and outdoors. There is lots of up to date and relevant content and the site is UK based. If you are a vegan or are cooking for someone who is there is a good section on festive vegan cooking.
Christmas Magazine has been providing stories, poetry, decorating ideas, gift wrapping and entertainment since 1999. It describes itself as “Christmas with a modern German Touch”. There are some good ideas for designing your own advent calendars as well as some table decoration ideas.
The main aim of this site is to sell charity Christmas cards. However, there is also a lot of really good content including; Fun Christmas Activities for Kids in 2020 (That You’ll Enjoy Too), The Best Christmas Toys 2020 and What can you do with old cards once Christmas is over?
The aim of this blog is to help you to plan the perfect Christmas. There are to-do lists on the site which start in September! It’s probably too late for that kind of planning but there are lots of other suggestions to help get you organised. This blog also brings you the latest Christmas news and gift ideas from the UK as well as a clock reminding you how many days, hours, minutes and seconds there are left until Christmas day.
Christmas A Go Go!
If you like weird and wonderful, odd and old Christmas music then this is the site for you. There is nothing traditional here, but all the songs are to do with Christmas. There seems to be a fair number of songs about Christmas in lockdown and quarantine but if you want something a bit different to listen to then give this site a try.
This site is really well laid out and I found lots of good ideas and things to read. There is a good recipes section which included 19 breakfast suggestions for Christmas morning as well as loads of recipes for Christmas day, what to do with your leftover turkey and a number of different recipes for reindeer food. There is also a section on activities which included 10 games to play with the family over Zoom and how to organise a virtual Christmas party.
This blog has a huge collection of all kinds of Christmas music. From traditional to jazz to swing you will be able to find it on this site. You will also find versions of Christmas songs which you’ve probably never heard before. They have also put together a play list of Christmas music which could be useful for Christmas day.
This blog is aimed at children. Here you can email Santa, track where Santa is, and watch the Santa webcam. As well as enabling children to keep an eye on Santa and his reindeer there are other activities to do such as pictures to colour in and Christmas quizzes.
The Belsnickle blogspot
This blog is all about art, design and craft. Here you can find Christmas craft projects such as making a wreath purely from confectionary, stained glass baubles and sock snowmen ornaments. There is also an entire section on Christmas clip art, colouring pages and puzzles and games.
All Things Christmas
All Things Christmas is dedicated to sharing the Christmas spirit all year around. Here you’ll find recipes from around the world, decorating ideas, crafts, games, jokes and music all to do with Christmas. It was easy to navigate and find what you want. There isn’t much current content from this year yet but I’m sure there will be more stuff added in the next few weeks.
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge
This site is a bit different in that it encourages you to make Christmas cards all year round to avoid the panic towards December. Every Saturday a winner is chosen from the cards that are sent in by email. If you want some inspiration for making your own Christmas cards than this site is a really good place to start. Some of the designs are amazing. As well as the Christmas card challenge there is also a patterned paper challenge too.