Posts Tagged christmas 2014

christmas 2014

This year we stayed in Texas and had a happy, quite little Christmas in our new home.

Somehow we got up earlier than usual despite our best efforts to sleep in. First things first, Cors (helped by Joel) opened his present. He was so delighted with the rawhide he found inside the crinkly paper that he camped out and tried to help Joel open his presents. I think he was pretty disappointed that Joel didn’t get any bones!

christmas tree

christmas tree
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three gifts

I think for most of us, the point of buying Christmas gifts is to bring cheer, happiness, etc. to our friends and family. Unfortunately, our efforts can so easily turn into a frantic panic. Or at least I know mine can.

This year I started thinking through who I buy for and what might be enjoyable for them. In the end I decided to go with a few rules.

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For family members I decided to do three gifts for each: Something to Wear, Something to Read, and Something just for Fun. Giving myself these perimeters was actually a lot of fun. I enjoyed picking just the right thing for each person, finished my shopping in record time, and kept to my budget. Most of all though, I’m excited about each thing I choose instead of buying just to have something to give.

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your Christmas preparations peacefully?

O, Christmas Tree

On Saturday, we had our annual Christmas adventure of tying a tree to our little Fiat and then driving it though downtown to get it home. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking on the way back. It did arrive safely and is filling our living room with its lovely scent.

simple gift tags

This year I couldn’t find any gift tags that I loved so I decided to make my own. I love how they turned out!

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I hesitate to call this a “how-to” because they are the simplest thing to make. But just incase you’re curious, here is how I made them.
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