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Very Melon Christmas

Christmas is the time of snowflakes and Santa and hot chocolate and reindeer and long winter nights. That is, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in South Africa and anywhere else below the equator, it’s full-blown, 35°C summer and happiness.

We spend Christmas at the beach or around the pool or in the bush. It’s our summer holiday. Hearty roasts and creamy veg are always great, but it’s too hot. We wanted to have a summery Christmas this year and that’s how we ended up with Watermelons. Think about it. They’re in season. They’re red and green. They’re cool. And they’re delicious. Sounds very Christmassy to us.

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This is what we did:

Paper installation:

We’re happiest when we can hang things from the ceiling. For this we used honeycomb pompoms in red and green and in various sizes. We made these paper dot garlands using a round hole punch, black board and then we sewed them together. And there you have it: a stylised watermelon installation, complete with pips.


Download the printable and print on board. Cut out and stick or tie to a string to make the bunting.

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Free Printable! Click on link to download. Melon Christmas Bunting

Melon Christmas Bunting

Trees, wood and other wise:

We bought these small trees from Woolworths. They add life and texture to our scene.

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We love the wooden trees. We bought a big plank from Builders Warehouse. Marked out the triangles and used a jig saw to cut them. The paint was simple and we used tape to keep the lines neat.

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Small trees:

We printed a bunch of the small trees in a variety of sizes. We used these on the bottles and the glass containers and you can add them to the serviettes.Melon Christmas 7

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Free Printable! Click on link to download. Melon Christmas Small Trees

Melon Christmas Small Trees

The Watermelon:

The list is endless when it comes to Watermelon. We made the trees by cutting the melon into slices, we made a small cut in the rind to make it easier to add the stick. Be careful. The knife slips once it’s through the rind. We added double thick, plain yogurt and blueberries and mint. This is great for Christmas morning or a lighter dessert.

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The gift wrap:

We love the simplicity of this gift wrap. We bought polystyrene letters for each kid and painted them a la watermelon. We used simple newsprint. The gifts were odd shapes and hard to wrap. Not the kind of gift you want to use the expensive gift wrap on. a-very-melon-4 a-very-melon-5 a-very-melon-6 a-very-melon-10

This is a picture of the table on the day. We had an early family Christmas, because we won’t all be together on Christmas day.a-very-melon-9

We hope you have a very, Melon Christmas this year in the Southern Hemisphere!

Happy Holidays,

Mia & Blair


Christmas – Add A Bucket To Your Bucket List

It’s that time of the year again when we race towards Christmas, flitting from party to party, over-eating, swopping gifts, decorating trees and spoiling our family and friends rotten. It’s not called the season of giving for nothing. And you might have noticed that The Happy Go Lucky is slightly obsessed with gifts.

This year’s most sought after gift seems to be a bucket. You frown? Yes, we did too. But it’s a bucket filled with food. In fact, it’s a drive to collect 3500 food hampers to feed 3500 families during December.

The Hanna Charity works in impoverished communities around South Africa. They look after about 3500 families in Elandspoort, Eastlyn, Wolmer, Benoni and Cloetesville(Stellenbosch).

They believe in the empowerment of people through support and the creation of job opportunities. They invest in the people of the community, supporting them mentally, emotionally and physically.

Please take a look at the variety of projects they have: http://hannacharity.org/projects.html

There is a soup kitchen, which feeds the families. A clothing bank. There are nursery schools for the little ones. The kids attend free of charge and women from the community help the teacher to look after them. There are support groups and prayer groups. And skills development and job creation programmes. There is even an exercise programme to get everyone fit and moving.

Each community has a library, desperately in need of books. Take a look through your bookshelf, there are some titles lurking there that you can pass along.

The goal is to collect 3500 buckets before 9 November 2016. The hampers are given to the families as a gift for the month of December. You can also donate clothing and books, as the families can choose clothing as well on the day they receive the hampers.

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All the food must fit in a 20-litre bucket.

Take a look at their page if you are interested in volunteering or donating. Please contact Ronel Brink at ronelbrink@vodamail.co.za for more information regarding the hampers.


Mia & Blair