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With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to get your bits and bobs in order and start preparing for Santa’s arrival. Now the kids might not know that you do all of the work behind the scenes, but it’s your job to make their Christmas extra special (even if that means ‘taste-testing’ a mince pie…or three!). Our 5 simple steps will help you get ahead on Christmas Eve and make the kids’ Christmas that little bit more magical.

This step needs to be done a little before Christmas Eve but it’;s a key part of the magic! Give the kids something to look forward to with our Countdown to Christmas?chalkboard sign. It’s easy to hang in any room and lets the kids count the days to Santa’;s visit. They’;ll love writing the numbers on every day!

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2. Hang up those final decs

Santa always takes the time to leave little gifts?tucked away in the kids’ stockings, so make sure they hang theirs up before they go to bed. Our Novelty Stockings are the perfect size for all of those extra presents.

All kids want Santa to know they?belong on the nice list, and our Santa I’ve Been Good Door Hanger?will ensure there’;s no confusion on that front.

And if you’;ve been holding back on Christmas decorationslinen sheets, our advice is, don’t! We’;re too deep into the festive season for decoration denial, so jump on the bauble bandwagon and find something fluffy, glittery, traditional or kitsch from our fantastic range here.

3. The all-important mince pie

It wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without leaving a mince pie and glass of milk for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph, would it? Try out our delicious deep filled mince pie recipe to make these magical visitors (and any of Santa’;s ‘;helpers’;) happy. This is a great recipe to try out with the kids for some festive fun right before the big day. Don’t forget to get them to write a little note telling Santa not to be shy and to enjoy the mince pie!

4. Light the way for Santa

Mr Claus?has lots of houses to visit, so it’s important to make sure he doesn’t miss yours. Let the kids have some fun by adding extra lights to the outside of the house. We find our huge selection of Christmas lighting very successful in summoning Santa’;s attention, from outdoor light-up reindeers to battery operated lights hanging in the living room window, we’ve got everything to light the way for Santa.

5. Sleep tight

There’s nothing like putting on your Christmas Eve PJs, grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and enjoying a Christmas movie, so get cosy with our great selection of slippers, onesies and dressing gowns.

Last but not least, help everyone nod off before the big day with the help of our magical Christmas bedding range. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste (even the fussy adults!), so shop our Christmas bedding range here.

If your family is yet to embrace the spirit of the season, they’;ll certainly be in the mood to spread some?Christmas cheer with our simple steps. Don’t forget, you can shop our whole Christmas range online,?and Reserve &; Collect at your local store all the way until Christmas Eve.

So, lots of readers tell us they have a sewing machine and want to start using it. Some of you have an older hand-me-down that is collecting dust, while some of you are sporting fancy new machines post-holiday. Many of you want to learn how to sew but find the machine a little intimidating. That’s understandable, I had the same issue for years. The first step is learning how to thread your machine. Once you have threading down, you can just start playing with it and you’ll be a sewing master in no time. Seriously! Sewing is one area where practice really does make perfect. Well, closer to perfect.

Routines. The word makes some people cringe and some people breathe a sigh of relief. Routine can be an excellent way to establish rules, make sure your littles are eating and sleeping enough, or that they don't have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store when you have a cart full of groceries while an impossibly long line builds behind you.

It’s almost pool time (or beach time if you’re lucky)! Time for a cute cover-up for baby. This is made from a towel, 1/2 yard of cute cotton, some double-fold bias tape and a few snaps. It’s all cozy on the inside and cutesy on the outside. I totally dig it and want a giant one to wear around the house all day while I write, ha, can you imagine?I am so beyond in love with Alexander Henry Bird Seed Fabric (also made the DIY Changing Pad Cover out of it) which is sold out pretty much everywhere but you can find some in aqua and yellow at Fabricworm! Get the full Terry Toddler Cover Up Pattern after the jump…Terry Toddler Cover Up