Published at Wednesday, December 06th 2017. by roger in Christmas Season.
Christmas time is the perfect time for putting aside the excuses and get into making your own cards. With some planning in the weeks before, making cards doesnt need to be overwhelming, too expensive or too time consuming. And the best ways to make cute cards and use your time wisely is to involve the children.
Even with these precautions, some people keep a bucket of water nearby just in case. You can consider doing this for peace of mind. Avoid drafts. Keep an eye on the tree if someone opens a door or window or if you make a fire in the fireplace. A sudden gust could pull the flame on the candles in one direction or another, or it could cause them to flame up or burn faster. Enjoy your candle-powered Christmas tree -- And treat it with respect.
But anyone who goes to the effort of making candy is making it for someone special. It takes time and effort to get into the kitchen, find a great recipe and make your own. So if youve invested the time and effort in making candy for someone special, or for a number of special people, they know youve made it as a special gift. And it isnt hard to make if you choose the right recipe. Home made candy recipes arent hard to find, and its perfectly possible for a beginner to candy making to make some great looking and great tasting candies.
Make sure you get the right kind of candles. Basically, theres one right kind of Christmas Candle and a lot of wrong ones. The bottom line: your candle must fit the candle holder. Tapers, votives and table candles are too fat. Birthday and candles are much too thin. Dont try to improvise. Order genuine Christmas Tree Candles when you order your candle holders. That way youll be sure youre getting the right thing.
Using the kids artwork, paintings and drawings from throughout the year will both involve them and use up all of that paper you have lying around. Paintings and collages can easily be turned into cute cards. Even worksheets with their colouring and writing on it can be used. Including the kids in your cardmaking does need some planning, so gather your materials and tools ahead of time. There is no surer way of boring the kids by running around trying to find those scissors when they are ready to go.
Thats not to say, of course, that all homemade candy is easy to make. Some candies are quite complex for the beginner, especially those involving a syrup. A syrup is water and sugar that is simmered to a particular temperature. The temperature you need varies with the outcome you want to produce, and sometimes its easy to get it wrong. And that could ruin the candy.