If Kisses Were Snowflakes…

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.

Christmas Season Fun

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!

Free Printable Kisses and Snowflakes Treat TagI 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

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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!

Christmas Decorating & Free Printable

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.

Christmas Decoration InspirationThe 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.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

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.  :)

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

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.

Free North Pole Sleigh Company Printable from Darling Doodles Free North Pole Sleigh Company Printable from Darling DoodlesDownload the PDF

North Pole Sleigh CompanyI 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.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling DoodlesThe 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.

Christmas Decorating with Darling DoodlesAnd next to the piano is our collection of small nativities that we add to every year.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

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.

Scripture-a-Day Focusing on Christ

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.

Reading Chart with a Scripture-a-Day from now until Christmas that focuses on Christlike attributes.

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.

Reading Chart with a Scripture-a-Day from now until Christmas that focuses on Christlike attributes.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.

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Reading Chart with a Scripture-a-Day from now until Christmas that focuses on Christlike attributes.

A Merry Little Video

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.)

Giving the Gift of Service #2

I shared this post last year around Christmas time, but I wanted to post it again and add some NEW service gift tags too!  Gifts and goodies are fun, but let’s not forget that the meaningful ways we serve one another are what really count.  And these tags give you a few small ideas of some really simple ways you can brighten someone’s day.


Today I want to share with you some printable gift tags that are not for your typical gift in a box with a bow.  These ideas are all about reaching out to others and spreading some Christmas cheer.

Service Act #1:

If you have the means then this is such a fun thing to do!  The next time you and your family are out enjoying dinner pick another table in the restaurant and anonymously pay their bill for them.  Ask the server to present them with this card instead of their check and watch their faces light up.  It is great!

Service Act #2:

This one is similar to the dinner idea but it is more budget friendly.  Believe me I know how tight money can be so if you don’t have the resources to pay for an entire meal then think about just sending over a yummy dessert instead.   This is one my husband and I do fairly often.  And the last time we did it the waitress started crying.  She was touched perhaps even more than the family we sent the dessert too.  You never know who needs you to cross their paths.

Service Act #3:

This is one that I have experienced myself so I know how happy it can make the recipient.  Here’s what you do:  Go into the gas station and ask them to put $10 of gas on pump __. (whatever pump you are by.)  Then tape this tag onto the pump and drive away leaving it loaded with $10 for the next person to pull in.  It will make their day!

Service Act #4:

Put a few quarters into a Ziploc bag and tape the bag and this tag to a vending machine.  Easy and quick.  I think little kids would have fun running around and helping out with this one.

Service Acts #5:

These last two tags are a little more generic so you can use them in many different ways.

-Print one off and have it be the “family service tag.”  One member of the family starts with it and does an act of service for another family member leaving this tag behind.  That person then does an act of service for someone else and passes the tag on again.

-Print off several for each person and encourage them to find one thing to do each day leading up to Christmas and leave the little note behind.

-Or just be creative and find your own ways to use them!  There are plenty of acts of service just waiting to be done.


And here are the new tags!

Christmas Service Gift Tags- free printable tags for doing random acts of kindness this Christmas

In this set you’ll find:

Service Act #1:

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The next time you find yourself at the drive-thru why not pay for the meal of the person behind you?  Imagine their pleasant surprise when they pull up to the window!

Service Act #2 & #3:

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These are tags you can leave behind if you shovel off the snow from someone’s car or walkway.  I LOVE the snow, but I’m pretty sure my husband would love if someone did this for us more than anything else.  And bonus…it doesn’t cost a thing!

Service Act #4:

Christmas Service Tags 7And finally here is an act of kindness that many of us already do during the holidays.  Baking a tasty treat and delivering it to our friends, neighbors, or family.  So here is a tag that you can use to go right along with your yummy gift.

Download the PDF- Set 1

Download the PDF- Set 2

I hope you enjoy these tags and enjoy the experience of using them even more!


Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards

Last spring I made some scavenger hunt cards for Easter Baskets and talked about the memories I had of searching for my own basket when I was little.  And a couple of weeks ago a reader sent me an email asking if I had a Christmas themed version of the scavenger hunt cards.  And I told her no I didn’t, but duh!  What a great idea!  The thought had never even crossed my mind.  Now obviously most of the Christmas presents will be underneath your tree, but there are some other things you can do as well!  I know that a lot of people do a Christmas Eve gift, and we do that too.  It’s a great tradition started by my husband’s family that everyone gets a new pair of pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.  That is the perfect kind of gift that would be so much fun to find with a little scavenger hunt.  If you do something similar I’ve made some cards that you can print and use!

Christmas Gift Scavenger Hunt CardsDownload the PDF

You can use all the clues or just pick the ones that fit your home the best.  Mix and match!  And keep those suggestions and questions coming readers, I love to hear your ideas!