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Is Christmas at your place this year?

by 13 December 2017

Is Christmas at your place this year?

It can be daunting hosting Christmas and making sure things are looking great, tasting amazing and keeping everyone entertained.

But it doesn’t take alot to theme for the occasion, cook up some delicious, simple food and have a few games up your sleeve to show the family you’ve got this Christmas hosting nailed.

Want some simple, effective ideas for your Christmas day? We are here to help.  You can purchase everything you need at Bethlehem Town Centre so read on for inspiration.


Christmas table decorations

Sometimes less is more. By keeping it simple you let the food speak for itself.

Here is our list to keep things festive, but simple:

  • - Plain coloured table runner or cloth
  • - Some greenery from the garden to drape through the middle
  • - A couple of candles if you have them
  • - Some spare baubles dotted around
  • - Christmas themed napkins
  • - Crackers


Christmas food

Countdown know what they’re doing when it comes to festive food. We’ve selected a few recipes that might just get your taste buds going.

Beetroot and apple salad


  • - 1 tsp olive oil
  • - 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • - Pinch of salt
  • - 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • - Juice from 1 orange
  • - Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • - 2 cups grated beetroot
  • - 3 medium Granny Smith apples, quartered and thinly sliced
  • - Small handful of fresh coriander


1. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Toast pumpkin seeds, keeping them moving, until puffed up and slightly and coloured – about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the citrus juices. Add the beetroot and apples, and three-quarters of the seeds. Toss well.

3. Top with the remaining seeds and coriander, then serve.


Coconut berry ice blocks


  • - 300g frozen raspberries
  • - 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • - 2 cups thickened cream
  • - 2 cups coconut cream
  • - 16 1/3 cup ice block moulds and sticks


1. Stir raspberries and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan over a high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until cold.

2. Meanwhile, beat thickened cream in a small bowl with an electric mixer until firm peaks form. Add coconut cream and beat just enough to combine. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

3. Fold raspberry mixture through the cream mixture until rippled through. Spoon mixture into ice block moulds, then insert ice block stick. Freeze for about 4 hours or until set.

4. Remove blocks from the freezer and leave to stand for about 5 minutes before removing from the moulds.


Maple, mustard and orange glazed ham


  • - 1/4 cup orange juice
  • - 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • - 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • - 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • - 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • - 1 Tbsp English mustard
  • - 4 1/2 kg half leg ham with rind on
  • - 50 cloves
  • - Salad greens, to garnish


1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line baking tray with baking paper.

2. Place juice, zest, maple syrup, sugar and mustards in a medium-sized saucepan over a high heat and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove rind from the ham by pushing your fingers in between the meat and the rind, leaving a generous covering of fat on the meat. Pull rind back as you continue to work over the meat. Cut off at the bone and discard. Score fat diagonally and stud each diamond with cloves.

4. Place ham onto a lined baking tray and brush liberally with glaze. Bake for 25 minutes, brush with remaining glaze and return to the oven for another 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

5. Transfer ham to a serving platter and decorate with salad greens. Can be served hot or cold.


Christmas games

Every family needs a couple of games to entertain the troops whilst the food is cooking, right!?

  • - Mini golf set - for the more active family members - $59.99 from PaperPlus
  • - ‘Who am I’ guessing game - ideal for age 7+ and adults - $12.99 from Clever Kids
  • - Christmas Wasjig puzzle - for the quieter characters - $27.99 from PaperPlus
  • - Cards against humanity - for when the kids are in bed - $59.99 from PaperPlus
  • - Water fight (with rules to keep things fair) - for a super-hot day - grab your water fight weapons from Kmart - Water guns from $10

Whatever you decide to do with your table, create in the kitchen, and play on the day, it will be a day to remember. As long as the family and friends are around, nothing can beat the atmosphere they bring.

And remember, don’t sweat the small stuff. It’ll be great. You’ve got this. Merry Christmas!