The gift of giving more this Christmas.

It’s just over two weeks until Christmas, the tree is up, the advent calendars are out and I’m feeling all the festive vibes! I may have mentioned it once before, maybe a few times…but I love this time of year, and I mean I really love it.

So as you may have seen from one of my latest blogs this year we’re doing homemade Christmas! It’s lots of fun and we’re really enjoying all being creative together (keep your eye out for the next few blogs coming up!) So when I was sent ‘The little yellow Christmas activity book’ from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust I couldn’t wait to see what ideas they had in store.

If I’m honest I hadn’t even thought of how to fundraise around Christmas but this book has twelve very simple ideas on how to keep the festivity as well as raising some pennies for charity! A charity that as you all know, means so much to our little family.

So first things first I asked Parker what he’d like to do, mince pies, gingerbread house, there was so much to choose from! He decided on reindeer food. It was a winner. And it seemed easy to do with little one, with minimal effort – Perfect!

We went to the fabric shop in town, picked up a couple of meters of red cotton fabric, then headed to our local ‘tiger shop’ for ribbon and tags. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust also have a label for the bags online which I printed and stuck on each tag. Then off to the shop to get the birdseed, oats and the raisins, all friendly for the environment and yummy for the reindeers!

Parker loved spooning the ingredients onto the fabric and helping hold the bag whilst I tied the ribbon, it was so lovely and such an easy activity to share with him.

I’ve popped below the page from my little yellow book for you to take a look at if you want to have a go at making your own, or if you want to get yourself a little yellow book this Christmas head to https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/christmas

How do we plan on selling them? Where do we plan on selling them? So far we’ve made around 50 bags from the two meters of fabric, so I’ll pop back down to the shop to get some more and aim for around 100. Parker’s nursery have encouraged us to sell them at his nativity play this Saturday and then they’ll have a few out over the next week or so at nursery for parents who may have missed out.

I’ve also asked friends if they’d like some, and I’ll also be asking our neighbours if they’d like any. The response so far has been amazing and just through word of mouth I’ve sold about ten! All funds made will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The reindeer food that we chose to make didn’t cost a lot at all to and the outcome is so lovely. Christmas is definitely about the gift of giving and not receiving, and honestly I’d always thought of that as in present form, but giving time and giving creativity can mean just as much.

From the little yellow book I also made the vegan mince pies but swapped the vodka for gin and they were delicious! The Cystic Fibrosis Trust have also just launched their Christmas campaign #WhosYourReason and for us fundraising for this charity means so much to us as you all may know my son Parker is my reason. Every Christmas we have with him is a blessing. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust have done so much in terms of research and developments in medicine and treatments and all I want is for Christmas is a cure. One day we will but for now I’m going to keep raising awareness and money.

For more information on Cystic Fibrosis or for fundraising ideas please visit https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/

So are you getting creative this Christmas, or raising funds for a charity close to your heart? Let me know in the comments below 💛

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