Make your own glistening lanterns from old jam jars decorated with confetti, tissue paper, pieces of gift wrap, scraps of ribbon and lots of glitter! (It is worth having a sturdy box to store these useful things in and add to it throughout the year!)
For a really stunning effect take the children on a foraging walk to collect berries, holly, ivy and evergreens to decorate the house and use some of their plunder to make spectacular ice lanterns for the garden on Christmas Eve.
To make these glorious decorations you will need two bowls or cups with one being larger than the other. Suspend the smaller one inside the larger using tape to hold it off the bottom.
Fill the gap between the two with water (you will probably need to put some inside the smaller receptacle too to stop it floating away) and then push berries, leaves and flowers between the two bowls.
Pop your creations into the freezer or leave them outside overnight to freeze if it’s cold enough. When they have frozen solid remove the bowls or cups (you may need to dunk them in warm water to do this, don’t make it too hot or you may crack your bowls), pop a nightlight inside, find somewhere special in the garden to put them and enjoy!