Christmastime is absolutely my most favorite time of the year. I love when October rolls around and the stores start converting their aisles for the holidays. Our Christmas trees come up from the basement, I plan out our Christmas countdown, I start having dreams about wrapping paper, and even though my son is a teen now, I still display the elves around the house. Right now, one is sitting on top of a globe and the other is hanging upside down from a lamp. With Christmas stuff surrounding us for 2-3 months out of the year, have you ever stopped…Read more
I love doing Christmas countdowns and this year I decided to do a Christmas Fairy countdown. The Christmas Fairy is actually me (shhh, don’t tell) and every day I’ve been leaving little goodies and gifts out for my two guys. I think the biggest successes so far have been the little jars of goodies as seen in the photo above. Oriental Trading, which is one of my favorite online places to shop, sells the most adorable little milk bottles for only $15.99 for a dozen. Each bottle comes with a plastic lid that seals really tight. The bottles can be…Read more
Scotland is near and dear to my heart, since in a very close second to Irish, my genealogy is mostly Scottish. I have a Clans of Scotland poster on my wall and a blanket of one of my ancestral tartans. How glorious would it be to spend Christmas in Scotland! Nollaig Chridheil! (Merry Christmas in Scottish Gaelic) The New Year’s celebration, Hogmanay, is the important event of the year, as Christmas is not nearly as big of a deal in Scotland as it is in countries like America. Hogmanay is celebrated by festivities that last for nearly a week, with…Read more
It’s Christmas time, so that means that everyone we know is busy shopping for the perfect gifts for the people they love. Seeking out that unique present can often take months. We want the gift to practical, yet meaningful…something our loved one will treasure forever. Sometimes we are so busy worrying about presents for family and friends that we forget about those who are most in need.
Blessing bags for the homeless are an easy way to give back to your community, not just during the holidays, but all year around.Read more
Puzzle Activity Countdown Of all the Christmas countdowns I have ever done, this one took the longest to make, but I truly loved the end result and my son was thrilled with it. (He was 8 years old at the time.) What you need: A thick wood puzzle (the one I used is about 6″ x 9″ and had a dinosaur on it. If you like the image on your puzzle, it will make this project go faster. However I didn’t like the dinosaur scene so I found a cute picture of a LEGO Christmas tree to place over the dinosaur…Read more
A “Jesse Tree” is an artistic depiction of the ancestry of Jesus. The tree (whether it be a cut-out, a real Christmas tree, or simply some branches placed in a bucket) is decorated each day with ornaments that represent Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. The tree gets its name from Isaiah 11:1 “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.”Read more