Christmas Eve, for me, is the calm before the storm. It’s the bit of quiet time before the panic to get everything cooked and on the dinner table, in amongst opening presents and trips to see various family members. It’s the time to just slow down, take a walk around town to look at the lights and come home to hot chocolates and mince pies in front a favourite festive flick – then when the kid is tucked up in bed it’s time for wine and Die Hard or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!
A couple of months ago I featured a hamper in my post on why you should support small businesses this Christmas. The hamper was The Holly from Virginia Hayward* and, while I sampled the many festive delights, I got to thinking about how hampers should be a staple of all Christmases, especially Christmas Eve.
This hamper is perfect for families because it’s got the traditional fruit cake and mince pies, plus cute candy cane biscuits for little ones and a grown-up tipple for when the kids have gone to bed. In fact, there are enough snacks here to get you all through the evening, including chocolate, fudge, crisps, cheese biscuits and a snazzy sachet to make your wine all festive-like. Just pour your wine into a pan, add the mix, warm through and voila!
I was really impressed with the hamper and think it’s great value for money. Be warned: the crisps are so freaking more-ish you won’t be able to pop the lid back on. And the wine washes everything down a treat. Perfect for a quiet night in.
*I was sent a hamper for review purposes and all thoughts are my own