This week the first Christmas cards from friends and relatives have started arriving which presents me with my annual dilemma of how to display them! I figure if people are kind enough to send me cards, the least I can do is “show them off” in some fashion! I’ve tried endless options over the years, but none of them have proven satisfactory to me….until THIS YEAR!
Oddly enough, I was shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner a few weeks ago when I spotted this idea. There is an aisle in our local grocery store that always has the CUTEST home decor items! I know, weird huh? But someone in the grocery store has really good taste! lol. Anyway, as I was taking my typical stroll down this aisle, I noticed a large wooden star tucked in behind a bunch of other items that was calling my name! There it was! The holiday card display idea I’d been searching all these years for! I peeked at the price and while not completely out of line, I just felt like this would be SO easy to duplicate on my own I just couldn’t resist the urge to do so.
Yesterday “Ol’ Man Winter” finally made an appearance in my part of the world in a BIG WAY! We got dumped on by snow, temperatures plummeted, and the wind chill has been brutal!
Since I have two strapping boys at home to do the shoveling, I didn’t actually have to spend too much time out in the elements…but my sister Rebecca (Camp Wander) did! She lives a few hours north of me and got even MORE snow than we did…over a FOOT! And she had to shovel it all by her lonesome. (Can I have a collective “awwwwww!” for Ms. Rebecca!? hehe) Anyway, after a lot of shoveling she said her fingers were so cold she was in serious pain! This called for some essential oil intervention.
Year after year the holiday season sneaks up on me and quickly becomes this stress-filled blur. Decorating, present-buying, wrapping, parties, cooking, entertaining….the list goes on and on. Then, before I know it, the holidays are over and I’m just tired.
This year started out the same as all the others until I spotted this idea for the 25 Days Of Service Jar posted by my friends on Small Fry Blog (thanks Emily, Jenna, and Nicole!) Now I am on a mission to make the holidays a little more meaningful for me and my family by adding the element of giving service to everyday leading up to the holiday that our family celebrates…..Christmas.
The thing that instantly drew me to this idea was how SIMPLE it is. Simple to make the jar, simple to execute the service. Simple but meaningful…that is how things should be, especially at this time of year.
At the risk of offending some of you Black Friday die-hards….I have to confess, I have never shopped a Black Friday deal in my life. It used to be the thought of having to stay up that late (waiting outside in the COLD no less) that put me off, but this year that wasn’t an issue because most retailers opened on Thanksgiving afternoon. I think the greatest deterrent for ME is waiting in line. I am the most impatient person on earth when it comes to waiting! Ask my kids! Ask anyone! lol. If I have to wait in a doctors office or in a line at a store, I turn into a very cranky, not fun to be around, girl! There, my secret is out. I’m not proud.
So to avoid all that ugliness on Black Friday, I shop the CYBER MONDAY deals instead! Now THAT’S where it’s at! No time waiting in line, no rushing from store to store to get the best deals, and you don’t even have to get out of your jammies!
As with Black Friday, there are some tips and tricks that can make the Cyber Monday shopping experience a better one overall. Here are 10 shopping survival tips courtesy of Chippmunk.com, the savings search engine that helps save you both time and money.
What an exciting day! The first day of December, our FIRST EVER One Good Thing By Jillee Gift Guide, AND the first day of Jillee’s 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways all rolled into one! I hope you enjoy what we have put together for you in this post. It represents gift giving ideas for WOMEN, MEN, TEENS, and KIDS. We’re hoping one of those categories will fit just about everyone on your list this year. :-)
Enjoy! And be sure to enter to win ALL of the items in the gift guide at the end of the post!
Let’s get this party started!