I love December and I love Christmas, but I also love a relaxing build up. It's such a fun time of year that I don't want to rush it. I like to stagger the preparations and save some of the more magical moments, like putting up the tree in the living room and visiting Father Christmas, until school is out and my husband is close to finishing work for the year. And I'm not going to lie, it's also an attempt to contain some of my little ones' excitement. The big day's still three and a half weeks away which is pretty much a lifetime when you're two and five. Let's not peak too soon. But festive crafts? Festive crafts that involve paint? That, we can do.