The scary part of Christmas …

As each year goes by, I get more and more nervous about getting the ‘right’ gift for everyone. In general, people already have a lot of ‘stuff’ – and it’s very hard to know – even if you have an idea of what they might want or need – which model, color, size, brand, etc. is the RIGHT one. In addition, it gets harder and harder to spend days shopping. And this year, the weather didn’t cooperate – at least on the days I wanted to go shopping.

What to do? I decided to make a lot of the gifts this year. That itself is risky business. Some people like handmade gifts; some don’t.  Now, for any guys reading this, you may think this a girly post – but just bear with me.

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For my friends, I made candy jars using pint canning jars decorated with ribbon and other decorations and fill with chocolate treats. Once the jar is empty, it converts to a low-light candle by inserting a LED votive candle. I used papercrafting and stamping sdkills and enjoyed every minute of the major mess I made to my desk.

For many of my friends and family, I simply gave a ‘cash’ gift card. Using papercraft skills, I created the holders, a ‘Happy Christmas’ tag for the front (which were hand stamped ) and a card for the inside (computer skills) which simply reads “Treat Yourself or Someone Else.” This gift was probably the best of all worlds – hand made but with cash that lets you get anything you like.

hatscollage.jpgFor family members, I put my knitting skills into high gear. This is also a gift for me – because I enjoy my time knitting. I made hats, scarves and doll clothes. The bonus – I already have requests for more – but chances are they won’t have to wait until next Christmas.

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Lastly, GUYS –  you, too,  can make gifts. Woodcraft gifts are always good. Or you can simply take some time to fix something or help with a household project. For those of us who aren’t as agile as we once were, a helping hand is greatly appreciated. As we get older, gifts of time often mean much more than a physical gift.

 

I hope you had a Happy Christmas! As for me, I’ve already started the next knitting project and have lots of other gift ideas for the next year. It’s never too early to get started.

 

A Christmas of plaids …

This year I decided to use a plaid theme for decorating – so a bit of a Scottish touch. Plaid cloth in Scotland is called tartan. Being of Scottish descent, our family has a particular tartan. The plaids I used for decorating, however, are those that are available commercially and are not the same as our tartans.

This year my rustic (Charlie Brown type) tree is decorated with white twinkle lights, a few old-fashioned bubble lights (replicas of the ones on our tree when we were young kids), small red bulbs and plaid bows.

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The mantel also is sporting plaid – along with my new Polish Santa figurine and the nativity figurine that belonged to Grandma Edna – all highlighted with red decorations.

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The kitchen table – you guessed it – has a plaid tablecloth. Also note the large houseplant in the background (that looks like a stock of corn) is decorated with a plaid bow.

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The dining room table has a plaid tablecoth with a crochet-type white cloth Christmas tree providing the centerpiece for a clear glass bowl  full of colorful red and blue bulbs.

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And, last, the final touch for the tree – our new ornament for our granddaughter, who passed away this year. Truly an angel.

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Thanks for reading!!  I hope you will return. 

Merry Christmas from our house …

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Christmas Time

Published by Ronald Doe – December 2010

Christmas time is finally here.
It only comes but once a year,
And it’s a time to spread good cheer
To those we love and hold so dear.

Christmas time is a time of glee,
A time when peace and love run free,
A time for those like you and me
To sit beneath the Christmas tree.

Christmas time is a time of joy,
A time to sit back and enjoy
The smile on each girl and boy,
As they play with a Christmas toy.

Christmas time is a time to share
The passing of another year.
Birth of Jesus, a joyful prayer,
To show loved ones how much we care.

Christmas time is a time for song,
A time for us to get along,
To make us feel Lord Jesus strong,
Forgive all those who did us wrong.

Christmas time is a time to pray,
Put love and kindness on display,
Show compassion along the way.
Christmas time should be every day.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/christmas-time#ixzz3vFpNv6Il
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Merry Christmas from our house to your house, wherever that may be.

Let the decorating be done …

Yesterday we gathered for our family Christmas. We were only missing a few so it was a great day for our siblings and the cousins to catch up.

I finished my decorating just in time.

First, the dining room table – a quick switch of the tablecloth, a new runner and a new (on sale, of course) centerpiece .

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Many of the plants got a light festive touch –

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And a winter bouquet for the end table …

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One of the many doll cases got a bit of greenery … 055.JPG

Along with decorative (and fragrant) potpourri …

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The mantel become home to a holiday train …

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And the kitchen table had a snow theme … (complete with snowman) …

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And, in the living room, the Charlie Brown Christmas tree …

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And the final touch – our singing dog … who sang “Home for the Holidays” many, many times yesterday … I think he is about to loose his voice (or his batteries).

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Until next time … Thanks for reading.