Our final day of our 12 Days of Christmas blog series is here! I hope you have all had fun reading what some famous scrappers get up to over the festive season! To finish off, we have the extremely talented Jane Clark from Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine! Her work has been featured in many magazines, including ours! We love her work (and the magazine!) so we thought we’d save the final chat just for her!
1. How do you spend Christmas day?
I start Christmas day by attending the midnight mass with my husband Richard, daughter Eliza 18, son Thomas 15. It never feels late as I’m usually still up wrapping presents and now that the kids are older we can sleep in a little on Christmas day. We have breakfast at Richard’s sister’s place with his parents; luckily they live only 10 mins away. We enjoy smoked salmon, croissants and fruit, and then the kids get stuck into their presents!! Its back home to getting lunch organised for my family, they all start arriving around midday, my three brothers, their partners, their children and their girlfriends turn up for a full traditional lunch, this year I have the in-laws and a friend joining us! Lunch sometimes doesn’t start till 2.30pm but no one ever complains as there is always food being passed around!! In the afternoon you will find the oldies having a nanna nap in the front lounge area and the younger generation still chatting, eating and drinking out the back!! At about 5pm we all congregate in the lounge area where we hand out presents, this takes hours as we unwrap them one by one so we can see what everyone gets. Left-over’s are served for dinner which is usually about 9pm, that’s if anyone is hungry! Everyone starts to go home at about 10pm and it’s all over for another year!!
- Does your family have any special traditions?
The kids still like to put out their Santa sacks along with my hubby’s who has had his since a child, presents are wrapped and place in them. We have the full traditional baked lunch regardless of the sweltering heat outside, my parents used to do it and I’m keeping it going, they had no air conditioning so I have it good! I cook a huge ham with marmalade then decorate it with pineapple rings and glazed cherries; gosh my mouth is watering already!! My hubby cooks the pork in our Weber BBQ and I have three fry pans all sizzling away with potatoes, pumpkin, onion, sweet potato etc. We have Christmas carols blaring away, we fight over the crackers and then proudly wear those wonderful paper hats, silly as it seems we all love it and wouldn’t change it for the world! It’s a huge job but I thoroughly enjoy it every year. Of course everyone helps out and they bring many other delightful delicacies’ to eat and I most certainly don’t do the washing up!
- How do you survive holiday shopping?
My list is long as I like to get something for everyone even just a little thing, I get told I’m mad for doing this but I love it!! Every year I have all the intentions of making gifts but reality sets in and I head off to the shops!! I get a few presents at a time and try not to stress, I go to the shops early in the morning and when I’ve had enough I’m out of there!! The great thing this year is that my daughter has a job in a book store, so guess what everyone is getting this year and I get a family discount!!
- How do you decorate your home?
We have a huge Christmas tree in our lounge area which the kids decorated and they always do an amazing job, I remember when they were 3 and 6 and only the bottom half of the tree would be decorated but that’s what it’s all about. I get lots of handmade Christmas cards from my crafty friends and I hang them up as they are mini masterpieces. We don’t do the Griswold’s lights outside anymore, the kids are older and our neighbours do a great job anyway, plus hubby doesn’t like heights!
- Any Christmas crafty tips you’d like to share?
I used to stress every year about making our Christmas cards, since I make cards for the magazine my friends and family expect a handmade card from me and not something simple either! Well I got over that, this year I came up with a great idea, I have heaps of background pieces that I had left over from demos at classes or I had used in my ‘The Classroom’ feature, I popped these on a folded A5 card, added a stamped image on top, a bow and viola!! Looks like I’ve taken hours to create them but in actual fact I’ve made ten in half an hour! So grab those half finished pieces or create some during the year and stock them up.
After reading all about Jane’s Christmas, why not view our other chats? Here is the complete round up!
Day 1 – Donna Salazar
Day 2 – Claudine Hellmuth
Day 3 – Teresa Collins
Day 4 – Amy Tan
Day 5 – Maggie Holmes
Day 6 – Diane Schultz
Day 7 – Natalie Kalbach
Day 8 – Sharon Laakkonen
Day 9 – Trisha Ladouceur
Day 10 – Becky Higgins
Day 11 – Anna Dabrowska
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