December has arrived and what a year it has been for The Swan Princess as 2023 saw the conclusion of the beloved series in "The Swan Princess: Far Longer than Forever".
Queen Odette is very excited for Christmas and as she reflects on another year gone by, she is reminded that the most magical thing about this time of year isn't the gifts under the tree or the decorations around the Kingdom, it's the time we spend with our loved ones.
The greatest gift of all isn't something that you can wrap up with pretty paper or tie up with a bow. It is something that is all around you, even if it is hard to see sometimes.
It is the gift of love!
Keep reading for a swantastic recipe and festive fun!
Enjoy the holiday activity idea, and remember to share your creations on social media using #SwanPrincessOfficial
Did you know that Odette has her very own Christmas movie?
Join The Swan Princess and all of her friends as they stand together to save the Season of Love when a villainous blast from the past threatens to destroy Christmas!
To celebrate National Princess Day, we released a brand new, limited edition pin!
This locket style pin is based on Odette's famous necklace. Open it up to reveal the magical first kiss that Odette and Derek share!
Limited to only 50 copies worldwide, this is a perfect addition to a collection or would make a swanderful Christmas gift.
Christmas Camembert CreationOdette enjoys trying out new recipes and learning from the palace chef, Frederick. This month, she has learnt a new dish that includes one of her favorite ingredients - cheese, more specifically, camembert. Why not ask your family members for any new recipes or snack ideas and try something new this month?This cheesy treat is sure to be a festive favorite amongst guests that taste it during the holiday season!Ingredients:For the Camembert:• 1 camembert (approx. 250g) in a wooden box• 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves• 50g panko breadcrumbsFor the Buns:• 600g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting• 3 eggs, lightly beaten• 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast• 200ml milk, warmed• 2 tsp golden caster sugar• 150g butter, softenedTo Serve:• 7 fresh bay leaves (optional)• cranberry sauce or chilli jamMethod:1. To make the dough, place the flour, sugar, yeast and 2 teaspoons of salt into a bowl.2. Add 2 tablespoons of beaten egg into another small bowl and set aside.3. Take the remaining beaten egg and add it it to the flour mix.4. Now add the warmed milk to the large bowl.5. Use your hands to combine the ingredients in the large bowl and knead until it forms a dough.6. Continue to knead the dough until it becomes springy and glossy.7. As you continue to knead, add the butter, a small piece at a time, until it is fully incorporated into the dough.8. Knead for another few minutes until nice and smooth.9. Form your dough into a ball and cover the bowl with a tea towel.10. Leave for approximately an hour, until the ball has doubled in size.11. When the dough is ready, tip it out onto a floured surface and knead to knock out the air12. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces, (approx. 45g each).13. Roll each dough piece into a ball.14. Take the cheese out of the box and place the now empty wooden container in the middle of a baking tray (lined with parchment paper).15. Next, arrange 8-10 dough balls in a ring around the box, followed by another ring of balls around that one. Then fill in any gaps with the remaining pieces.16. Leave the balls to prove in a warm place for 30 mins or chill for a few hours.17. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.18. Brush the dough balls with the reserved beaten egg from earlier.19. Sprinkle the dough with salt.20. Carefully use a pair of scissors to make a snip in the top of each dough piece to give them a spiked effect.21. Take the cheese and unwrap it.22. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and thyme leaves over your cheese and dough.23. Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough balls are golden brown.24. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins.25. Remove from the baking tray onto your chosen serving plate/board.26. Scatter over the bay leaves (optional).27. Serve with cranberry sauce and/or chili jam.
Homemade Wooden OrnamentsIn The Swan Princess' Christmas movie, we see Odette and Derek take part in ornament day. The Royal family and the villagers come together to decorate the Kingdom's tree with special memories as they celebrate "The Season of Love".This craft helps you to capture your own memories and favorite things. You can use these treasured moments to decorate your tree and have your very own ornament day as you prepare for the festive season! Don't worry if you don't have photos of some of the people/memories that you would like to include, you can draw your own pictures instead!You Will Need:Flat wooden/disc ornamentsTwineScissorsFoam BrushesMatte Mod PodgePrinted photosHole punchInstructions:1. Before you start putting the decorations together, you need to select some photos. You could choose photos of family members, pictures of favorite places or even characters from The Swan Princess movies - the choice is yours!2. Print them out in sizes that match your ornaments and cut them into circles. To make the cutting process easier and neater, use a circular object or the ornaments that you are using to draw an outline onto the photo as a guide for cutting. Alternatively, use a photo editing program to make them into circles before you print them. However, feel free to use different shapes.3. Carefully cut out your photos.4. Next, use the hole punch to make a small hole at the top of each photo (in line with the hole in wooden ornaments, you can mark this with a pen before punching the hole to make sure it is in the right place).5. Apply an even layer of mod podge to one side of the ornament.6. Quickly apply mod podge to the back of one of your photos and place it onto the mod podged side of the ornament, making sure it is positioned in the centre.7. Apply another layer of mod podge on top of the photo to seal everything, keeping it neat and even by using your brush in strokes that go in the same direction.8. Allow the mod podge to dry.9. Next, cut a length of twine and thread it through the hole at the top of the ornament and tie the ends in a knot.10. Hang your ornaments on your tree or around your home.
About The Swan Princess
The Swan Princess is based upon the folk tale and ballet, Swan Lake. The story is transformed into a playfully fun adventure with exciting music, lovable forest friends, and of course, the handsome Prince Derek. The Swan Princess, Odette, has stayed true to the original fairy tale princess with her kindness, grace, and loyalty.
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