[box]It’s a sad day in our house today – we’re taking down the Christmas decorations.
Part of me wants to keep them up all year, but part of me is tired of telling the kids to leave the tree alone and is ready to have my living room back.
Here are some of my favs from around our house – one last glimpse before they get packed up and head to the garage.
It’s crazy how bare my house looks once I take it all down – makes me realize I need some more everyday decor. By the way, how do you decorate in January? Snow? Snowmen? It doesn’t snow where I live in Arizona, so it seems kinda funny to decorate with snowmen/snowflakes – it was almost 70 degrees here today!
Maybe I’ll go with a New Year theme – I could always use this printable I designed yesterday or some of the ones from my Etsy shop.
we don’t have any of our own Christmas decorations, etc.
In spite of all of these differences, we’ve tried really hard to make this a special holiday for our family.
Here are some of my favorite things we’ve done to make this a special Christmas:
1. We made salt dough ornaments (found the recipe here):
2. We decorated a gingerbread house (yes, we used a kit from the store) and I did let Zander decorate it. As much as I wanted to take over and make it super cute!
3. We made candy – lots and lots of candy (and cookies). We started a tradition a few years ago of getting together to make sweets as a family. Each person brings a recipe and all of the ingredients to make it. Then we get together and make a ridiculous amount of candy, then everyone leaves with a variety of treats. This year we made whoopie pies, peanut butter fudge, puppy chow, caramel, candy sushi, peanut butter cookies, oreo truffles and much, much more.
It’s taken work, but we’ve managed to have a great Christmas season so far and are looking forward to Sunday!
What are some of your Christmas traditions? We are always looking to add more to ours!
No link party this weekend – enjoy your Christmas with your family! Put away your computer and spend some extra time just soaking up the season. Check back in a few weeks for the next link party.
Ok, so all of my favorites came from one source this week…the Christmas issue of Inspired Ideas. You’ve got to get over and browse through this free online magazine – it has so many great ideas. Trust me, browse through it…you’ll love it! Here are just a few of my favorites:
There are so many more I could’ve included, so make sure you click over and look through all of their awesome ideas! I’m so excited to be starting on Christmas crafts! It’s the best time of the year!