Christmas is finally here!! I am officially allowed to decorate the house, listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies. This year I did a hot cocoa bar set up for my family that I can keep up through the winter. Once it gets cold outside, my children have to have hot cocoa. Here is just a little glimpse of my home for the holidays.
I created this poster on Picmonkey and emailed the file to my local FedEx and had them make a copy and blow it up. Because it is a black and white photo it only cost little over $2.00 to make. Next, I went to Dollar Tree and purchased these snowflakes. I used command strips to stick to my walls. I suggest using a few on each snowflake because the next day i had snowflakes falling off.
You can buy hot cocoa cups for your keurig, but my kids complain they are to watery. I use my keurig to make tea and hot cocoa just by running the hot water over my tea, or hot cocoa, with no k cups inside.
So I have a little obsession with vintage mason jars. I thought the teal mason jars would look pretty on my fireplace lit up with some string lights. One of my favorites this year! Merry Christmas!
Happy St. Nicholas day! Being raised Catholic my family has always celebrated St. Nicholas Day. On the eve of Dec 5th we always put out our shoes by the door in hopes good old St. Nicholas would stop by our house to fill our shoes with treats if we deserved them. Moving to the south I discovered a lot of people don’t know who St. Nicholas is and why we celebrate who he was and most importantly what he stood for: his faith in Jesus Christ. Santa Clause is jolly and great and all but to me he is so commercialized now that there is no religion in Santa which is crazy because they originated Santa from St. Nicholas. Some quick information who St. Nicholas was: He dedicated his life to serving God and gave everything he had to help the poor and sick. St. Nicholas was one of the many bishops and priest imprisoned during this time because of their Christianity faith Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. St. Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, and his love for children.
There are many stories of St. Nicholas good dead’s but the most common is the story about a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman’s father had to offer prospective husbands something of value—a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man’s daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver (Source)
I hear many stories about parents not using the whole Santa as a part of Christmas because they believe it is taking the true meaning of Christmas away, which I agree with our commercialized Santa that we are allowed to use in school and businesses. But we can choose to teach our children about a man who followed Jesus’s words by giving to others in need and staying true to our beliefs. I now have a family of my own that I get to continue the tradition with, I even fill my husbands shoes with treats.
Free Santa hotline you can surprise your kids with. I guarantee their faces will light up. Santa’s hotline you get to leave a message with your Christmas wish list.
Happy Holidays! With Christmas around the corner I wanted to do a giveaway of some fun Christmas Printables for you all.
Give Love & Give Joy printable I made was inspired by this section at Hobby Lobby. I love the blue and red together so I had to create a fun printable to match.
5×7 Merry & Bright
Christmas Gift Tags
Every year I make Reindeer food for my daughters to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve. They love it and it is so easy. If you’re hosting a Christmas party with kids, get a bowl of oatmeal and sprinkle glitter in it, and let them scoop some up in a bag. Here is a cute free printable made by Hip 2 Save that you can attach to their bags.
Watch your kids faces light up when they call this Santa number.
Tis the season to give back. If you’re planning any random acts of kindness this season here is a little cheerful note to add to your gift. I have so far given one to my Starbucks Barista with a Target $5 gift card.
Here is a way to get your kids involved with giving back with help from Elf on the Shelf.
Welcome back letter from your elf.
Chalkboard 5×7 Merry Christmas
North Pole snow 5×7. I used to cover some fake snow I bought in a box. If your having a party and have fake snow for the kids to play in you can use this sign.
Merry Christmas 5×7
Another version of a welcome back letter for your Elf on the Shelf
I know I am not the only crazy one out there that has already started decorating for Christmas. In my defense; I do work retail so by Thanksgiving I won’t have time nor want to do it. So during my weekly/almost daily walks through Target (on my lunch break) they were putting out the new Christmas Target items. So like any normal Christmas lover would do I squealed and filled up my basket. I came across these light bulb ornament’s for a pack of three for $2.00 I bought four different colors so I had 12 bulbs. I also bought this silver tinsel garland for $3.oo. All I did was run my ornaments through using the string the ornaments had on them, tied a knot around my tinsel and cut the remaining string off. There you go: a fun and easy Christmas garland that anyone can make. Plus it only cost $11.00 to make. Don’t forget to look for extra savings with their cartwheel app.
Alright guys our little Elf on the Shelf will be flying back from the North Pole soon! I really wanted to tie in pay it forward ideas for my daughters and I knew our little Sugar (Elf) could help us out and make it fun. I have seen all sorts of cute welcome back ideas for Elf on the Shelf. I love the North Pole breakfast idea. Below is a free 5×7 Elf on the Shelf “welcome back” letter, you can frame it or cut it out on cardstock.
I created these little cards with pay it forward ideas that our elf can bring with her on random days.
Simply print and cut out and place on your Elf’s lap
I found instant snow at Dollar Tree and I created a better looking cover, here is a freebie.
These cups are the cutest things I have ever seen. I bought them at Target for $1.99. They had all sorts of fun Christmas mugs for children and have matching adult mugs. Dollar Tree had Christmas mugs as well and had traveler Christmas mugs.
**update** Here are some pictures of our pay it forward ideas