Well, it is almost here folks. That day I have been working towards for almost 2 months. I think the reason I do so much (besides the job part) is that I love Christmas and I don't want to only get to enjoy it on 1 day - what a let down. Much better I think to enjoy it for a good 15 -30 at least. Here are all my last minute details to round out this season of joy...
Here We Come A Wassailing....
Use crockpot or saucepan.
Fill 3/4 way up with Apple juice or cider
Fill 1/4 with Cranberry juice
Add a bunch of Red Hot candies, 1 Candy Cane and 1 Orange Sliced
Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Leave on all day for a yummy smelling house and easy beverage for all. At the end of the day, just put leftovers in fridge and start again the next day!
The Gifts Are All Wrapped... (well, almost)
This year I decided to go with a newspaper inspired theme (see my garland) and I carried it over to my wrapping too. For each gift I used a combination of Newspaper (picking out pages that went with the theme of the gift of course,) a bit of wrapping paper for contrast, cheap red velvet ribbon (that actually looks good when just knotted) and mailing tags. I also added plastic snow flake ornaments for a little extra loveliness. I think they turned out well - don't you?? Shame they'll all be ripped apart in 48 hours.
My Nana has reached that stage where she is doing her "shopping" for us in her house. What I love about that is that I always seem to get the sweetest gifts. This little Nativity figure plays a song and turns. She had it in her house when we were little and now my kids will have it to enjoy.
I love that it makes a little music and does a little turn, but doesn't require batteries and it doesn't flash and scream. It's small and simple and sweet - just what something like this should be.