Resources from Claire M

scrapbook iconBar Humbug

Rachel Rose Reid has kindly shared this recipe - a delicious alternative to mulled wine. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Smoking Bishop

“A Merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge. "I’ll raise your salary, and endeavor to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon over a bowl of Smoking Bishop"
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

In the Victorian era there were a series of drinks named after clerical levels. Popes were made from Burgundy, Cardinals from Champagne or rye, Archbishops from Claret and Bishops from Port.

The recipe involves a resting period of 12-24 hours, so bear that in mind when preparing it. Feel free to use the cheapest wine and port to hand, as once steamed with the other ingredients its quality will not matter too much!

1 white grapefruit
5 oranges
150 grams sugar
2 bottles red wine
1 bottle Port
approx. 30 cloves

1. Bake grapefruit and oranges in an oven until golden brown
2. Remove from oven and stick several cloves in each one
3. Place fruit in glass / earthenware bowl along with sugar and red wine.
4. Cover and leave in a warm place for 12-24 hour
5. Remove fruit, cut open and squeeze all the juice into the bowl
6. Place a pan on a low heat and sieve mixture in, to remove any pips, pith and cloves.
7. Add the bottle of port. DO NOT BOIL!
8. Serve in warmed punch glasses if you have them and sup with delight


scrapbook iconDo they know it’s Christmas?

How to Write a Christmas Song

It’s the 12th December and we haven’t heard Slade yet. Odd. Christmas songs aren’t what they used to be; it might be time to contact Andy Roberts for some coaching ready for next Christmas.


scrapbook iconFlake Out

Make a 3D Paper Snow Flake

Here is how Team Everything make a school-flake.
Are you ready to take it to the next level? Try this little gem of paper engineering – and send us photos of how you got on!

scrapbook iconCrochet a Red-Nosed Reindeer

(To the tune of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer…)

Crochet a red-nosed reindeer
With a very woolly nose.
And when you start to make him,
You will stitch him row by row.

scrapbook iconWrite Christmas

Christmas Letter Tips

It’s time to put pen to paper (or touch up your typing skills) and inform friends and family what the heck you’ve been up to in the last year. If it’s been a while since you’ve composed anything longer than 140 characters, here are some helpful hints.


scrapbook icon(Old) School Christmas Decorations

How to make a Paper Snowflake

How to make a paper snowflake


scrapbook iconGood Wreath

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Pretty up your front door with festive foliage.


scrapbook iconChristmas Chemistry

Make Your Own Snow Globe

Find out how to make your own snow globe here. Apparently choosing the right liquid and sealant is quite a science. Seasonal Science = fun times.


scrapbook iconJoyeux Noël!

Merry Christmas in 7 languages

French: Joyeux Noël

German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

Russian: Счастливого Рождества! Schaslivovo Rozhdestva!

Italian: Buon Natale

Spanish: Feliz Navidad

Polish: Wesołych Świąt

Icelandic: Gleðileg Jól

Visit the languages section to learn a whole lot more. Bien.

scrapbook iconSilent Night Light

Make a Tin Can Lantern

Refrain from putting your empty baked bean cans in your green recycling box - this is a much more festive way to reuse them. Have a look at the Arts & Crafts section to learn more crafty tricks.


scrapbook iconChristmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

How to choose a Christmas Tree

Ok so there has been a little media panic about the shortage of Christmas trees this year – but the British Christmas Tree Growers Association have offered some much needed reassurance. Phew. Those of you who would like to branch out best look at this.


scrapbook iconThe Proof is in the Pudding

Make a traditional Christmas pudding to wow your friends and family. If you’re a newbie in the kitchen, visit the food & drink section to find inspiration or a teacher. Take turns to stir the pudding mixture and make a wish – and remember to stir from east to west to honour the three wise men!


scrapbook iconWoolly Wonderland

Knit a Christmas Stocking.

Knitting teacher Aneeta Patel is a crafty so-and-so, she has kindly posted up this practical pattern. So pull your socks up and start knitting!

Christmas Knitting Pattern

Originally featured in WI Life magazine; photos by Peter Schiazza

Created by Aneeta Patel, author of Knitty Gritty (A&C Black):


scrapbook iconBe a proper little snow-it-all.

Sign up to our 'Snow Everything' Christmas e-mail and we'll send you something seasonal to learn every day from the 1st - 25th December.

Knit your own stocking; cracker-making; how to cure a hangover - it's stuffed with goodies. And you can share your own festive tips by adding notes, videos and links to the Christmas Scrapbook too. Treat yourself - sign up on the right.


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