Sunday, December 21, 2008

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas

Day 12 - Gift Ideas

*Yummy chewy almond mix
*Simple oreo snowmen
*Country Living has some homemade gift ideas
*Some more homemade gift ideas here
*Joys of Home has a list of ideas
*Cute holiday cookies
*Hot cocoa in a jar
*Cookies in a jar
*A few more ideas here and here
*For chocolate lovers
*Gourmet popcorn
*More hot chocolate
*Cookies in a green package
*Soap dispenser

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration

Day 11 - Christmas cards, gift tags and gift wrapping

*Check out a cute card idea here
*Make a card out of some festive napkins
*Make a Christmas card kit, Brilliant!
*Learn how to get a good photo for cards here

*A doily for a tag? So cute and inexpensive!
*Make cute star gift tags
*Or a photo tag (could be used as an ornament too!)
*Print some cute tags here and here

*If giving a meal, decorate the container!
*Lots of creative gift wrapping ideas here
*Bring the outdoors in when wrapping

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration

Day 10 - Christmas Traditions

First I'll share with you some of our Christmas traditions. I am always trying to add new ones that I think would be fun, but I'll share the ones that we currently have:

*Christmas Tree Hunt- the Saturday after Thanksgiving we go up in the mountains to get ourselves a tree.
*Christmas movies- we always have to watch these movies sometime during the month (must watch with all the lights off except for the tree lights) Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story
*Drive around and look at the Christmas Lights
*Read a Christmas book or story each night
*New pajamas on Christmas Eve
*Sledding on Christmas Eve (wears the kids out so they can sleep!)
*Breakfast Casserole on Christmas morning
*Three gifts for everyone- this is a new one we are trying this year but we are trying to keep gifts down to three each one from Santa, one from mom and dad, and one from the siblings

Here are some that I have found around on the internet:
Click here, here, here, and here

What are some of your Christmas traditions?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration

Day 9 - Advent Calendars
You could make felt trees and put numbers on them
Use cute baby socks to hang like stockings! Too cute!

(These two are from Target)

*Click here for a video on some advent calendars
*Whip up has some links to some great advent calendars here and here
*Love this advent calendar,
*and this one
*and this one
*and this one
*and this one
The list goes on and on. So many cute ideas thank you guys for sharing your creativity!
Here is a good idea that I heard is to use your children's Halloween candy to put in a candy advent calendar! Brilliant! The one that I am starting this year is to unwrap and read a Christmas book or story each night. It was tradition in my family growing up to unwrap and read a new Christmas book on Christmas Eve followed by the Christmas Story from the Bible so, I am taking the books that my mom has given me over the years to use as a countdown to Christmas by unwrapping and reading one each night before Christmas.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration

Day 8 - Colors of Christmas

There are so many wonderful color combinations for Christmas other than the traditional red and green (which is great as well), but if those colors don't go with the decor that you have in your room why not decorate for Christmas using colors that go with your room. Here are some color combinations that I found that I really liked.

Multi colors: green, blue, pink love it!!

Red, brown and white

I am loving red and light blue!

Simply elegant green and white

Are you a gold or silver kind of person? Why not use both!

Blue and white so calm and winterlike!

One of my favorites red and white

Another great use of multi colors!
I couldn't find a picture on the internet but I also love the combo of brown, green and white! What are some of your favorite color combinations for Christmas decorations?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration

Day 7 - Stockings

*Cute felt stockings here

*More Stocking inspiration here

*Great Project to hang stockings on if you don't have a mantle

Saturday, December 13, 2008

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