My three-year old daughter’s preschool Christmas party is coming up next week and in the season when budgets and time are already stretched thin I have been trying to think of a quick and easy gift that she can take to hand out to her little friends. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been in the mood to sit down and make some elaborate crafts this year. We have been busy getting together with friends, attending Christmas festivals, visiting family, etc. That is one of my favorite things about the holiday season! I love going to different activities and participating in all the fun and joy. But… that doesn’t leave for a lot of spare time! So I decided to skip the crafty preschool gifts all together and instead created a little gift tag that only requires a colorful candy cane and some cute ribbon.
These would make the cutest little stocking stuffers too, wouldn’t they? Or treats to hand out to children at church, co-workers, etc. Gifts don’t have to be expensive and complicated to brighten up someone’s day. Maybe you know someone who is struggling and just needs a thoughtful little pick-me-up. A small gift like this is perfect. And you’ll feel merry and bright after bringing a smile to another’s face. (see what I did there!)
And of course, you could use the tag on ANY gift as well! They don’t have to be attached to these colorful candy canes, even though they do look ridiculously cute together. :)
The printable gift tags come in a PDF with 6 tags on a page. All you need to do is download the PDF, print it at home or any copy store, and cut out each tag. Then tie onto a candy can using ribbon or baker’s twine, or tape onto any gift bag/box. Side note: isn’t baker’s twine so cute?! I swear, it ups the cuteness factor of any gift. So click, print, and get gift giving!
I know it has been awhile since my last post but I just had to stop by and share this amazing stovetop potpourri recipe! I have had a pot on my stove with this delicious combination for the last two weeks and I cannot get enough of it. It fills up my entire house with an amazing scent and it smells exactly like how I think the holidays should smell.
It is super easy to put together and also makes a beautiful gift! You can use a small jar like I did (I found this at Walmart for under $5) or use a clear cellophane gift bag and tie with some pretty ribbon.
Take it to your neighbors, your child’s teacher, co-workers, etc. I’m pretty sure everybody enjoys a wonderful smell in their home. It is much better than the alternative, right? :) Also, we actually have a family friend that is allergic to an ingredient found in scented candles so an all natural option like this is perfect for her!
So what to put inside? The measurements don’t need to be perfectly exact but here is a general idea:
- 1 Orange
- 1 Cup Cranberries
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Tablespoon Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Nutmeg
- 2 Sprigs Rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
- 2 Cups of Water
To give as a gift include the orange, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and rosemary. Then attach the printable tag with the instructions to slice the orange, add vanilla and water, and simmer on low heat.
I used one batch for an entire week and then remade it again a second time. After I turned the stove off I covered the sauce pan with a lid until I was ready to use it again. You just have to make sure it always have enough water in the pan. It is a perfect recipe for the perfect holiday scent!
I think something happened to my calendar because when I looked at it I saw that Christmas was one week away. That can’t be right. Somehow the dates must have gotten all mixed up because I know I have more time than one week. Right? Anybody else feel this way?
I’m not ready for the season to be over! We have been busy (like super busy) but it has been the wonderful kind of busy. Spending time with family and friends and taking part in all the wonderful things this time of year has to offer.
I know that you have to be as busy as I am so I have a little gift idea that is really quick and easy to put together if you want to give a treat to someone special. All you need is some Hershey kisses and a bag or jar to put them in, then print this tag and you are all set!
I love the candy cane kisses that come out at this time of year. I could eat a whole bag all on my own if I’m not careful. I may have snuck a couple of these for myself while I was taking pictures. :)
Free Printable Snowflakes and Kisses Treat Tag
As busy as we all are I think it is still important to take a few minutes to make the important people in our lives feel special, and this is one quick and easy way to do it!
This holiday season will be known as the Great Decoration De-Cluttering of 2015. When it came time to decorate for Christmas I sat down in my living room with my boxes of decor around me and made three piles: one to donate, one to throw away, and one to keep. I went through with a pretty detailed eye and if it was worn, faded, falling apart, or a style that I no longer liked then away it went. And at the end I was really surprised at how small the keep pile was. I definitely got rid of a lot more than I had planned on but I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to any of it. This will be our 10th Christmas together so it makes sense that some of the decor needs to be updated. And since I had such a small keep pile I basically got to start from scratch. So of course off to Pinterest I went for some inspiration! It may seem weird but I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for when I saw this picture of blankets.
The words that came to my mind right away were cozy, winter, snow, and holidays. I loved the colors and the textures in the plaid and different fabrics. I had found my new Christmas decorating theme! The only problem is my budget doesn’t really allow for me to go out and buy a houseful of new decor. :) So I’m starting small. I bought a few new simple things and just decorated a couple of small spots in my house. I plan on hitting the after Christmas sales and slowly but surely rebuilding my stock. One area that I decorated is our entry way table with a print I designed inspired by the blanket picture.
The berries in the white vase all came from the Dollar Tree and you might recognize the fluffy white and red Christmas trees from this post. And the snowflake vases are from Walmart and the frame and lantern I already had. That pretty much consists of my decoration shopping this year. I told you I was starting small. :)
And of course here is the print! Feel free to download it and use it in our own home if you like. I had mine printed up at Costco at 8×10.
I shared this picture of our tree on my Instagram account a couple of nights ago. One of my very favorite things about this season is the warm glow from a Christmas tree.
The other part of our house that is decorated is the most important part. On top of our piano we have our beautiful nativity my parents gave us when we were first married. I love this set so much.
And next to the piano is our collection of small nativities that we add to every year.
In a way I am really liking the simplicity of the decor with the main focus being on our nativities and thus on Christ’s birth. Which is exactly how it should be.
I wish I could take credit for this wonderful idea but it isn’t completely mine. A few weeks ago we had an activity at church and they handed out little journals with a reading chart glued onto the front cover. The chart had a scripture a day to read from now until Christmas that focused on different attributes of Christ. I LOVE the idea of taking a small amount of time each day to read a scripture and keep Christ more fully in my mind and heart this holiday season. It is such a small act but I can feel a difference in my days and I think this will help make my holidays more meaningful as I focus on the true reasons behind them. These upcoming weeks are busy and hectic, and I actually love all the hustle and bustle, but I also love taking a minute or two each day to refocus and remember what is really important.
I have created a chart to share with you with Bible scriptures that start on Sunday (Nov. 15th) and go all the way until Christmas. Each week has a different “theme” to it and the theme focuses on an attribute of Christ and how it can/should apply to us. I purposely didn’t put any dates on this chart or make it super Christmas-y so that it could be used at any time of the year but if you start on Sunday there is one a day until Christmas.
I love this time of year for so many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is the opportunity I have to grow closer to my Savior and develop the relationship I have with Him. Hopefully this will also help you keep Him nearer in your thoughts and hearts this season.
On this holiday eve I want to wish a very Merry Christmas to all of you and hope that you feel the warmth and peace of this season wherever you may be. As we celebrate the birth of our Savior I want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for this wonderful time of year and the focus we place on Christ. As I’ve reflected on His birth and His life, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and love for my Savior. I hope you feel this Christmas spirit in your life as well.
I put together a little video, think of it as a virtual greeting card. :) From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.
(If you are reading this in an email you may need to click through to see this video.)