I'd like to interrupt my regularly scheduled blogging and introduce you to my Christmas crafty side!! Now before you click the "X" at the top of the browser and shut me down, let me tell you that my "craftiness" is not Martha Stewart's "craftiness". The difference being that my crafts could easily be produced by a drunken chimpanzee with no thumbs...or fingers. Trust me- I only do easy. So read on...
View my segment from Canada AM!
ADVENT CALENDARS: 25 more reasons to love Christmas!!!
Remember what it was like to be a kid with an Advent calendar? It was the ultimate psychological test for delayed gratification. And I always....failed. As soon as Mom turned her back I'd MacGyver open those little perforated windows and lick every single cheap rubbery chocolate in that thing...twice. Then I'd carefully reposition each perforation to make it look like it was sealed shut. I did this daily...twice daily...until only miniature brownish nubs were left. My little brother, who had the ultimate in kiddie self-control, to this day, believes that Advent calendars contain mouse-poop sized chocolate peas (heeheehee....sucker).
Now that I'm grown-up and sooooo much more mature (pronounced ma-too-re), with kiddies of my own, it's time to expand upon the same ol' chocolate window thingie and get creative. Here's what I featured today on CTV's Canada AM, along with some pics and links so that you and yours can enjoy the excitement of counting the days until the big guy visits with gifts. Most are bought, some are made, all are incredibly creative and F-U-N!!
Enjoy the merriment!! Oh- and if you make my crafts, let me know how simple and easy it really was!!
Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas – Wooden Advent Calendar
Add some kid-friendly holiday cheer and a charming yuletide ritual to your home with this wooden magnetic holiday tree. The set includes 24 unique magnetic ornaments plus a shining star for Christmas day--all of which fit neatly in the attached box at the base of the tree. Kids can pick a favorite design to place on the tree each day, following the numbered outlines to fill the tree right up to Christmas. They'll also love to switch, move and rearrange the pieces to customize their very own tree countless times.
Count down to a LEGO® Friends Christmas this December! Build the holiday story as you follow Mia on a sledding adventure! Spot the wildlife in the forest on the way to her friend Ewa’s house. Help them prepare a delicious Christmas dinner and then share in the excitement as they open all their presents!
Count down the days with this tea-filled advent calendar. Each day is a new surprise with a selection of teas from the year round favourites, with new and returning holiday blends. Holiday blends include Eggnog, Sleigh Ride and Santa’s Secret. 24 days, 24 different teas!
A limited-edition, holiday advent calendar filled with 24 mini beauty essentials.
This easy-to-make creative project cost a whopping $6 for supplies at the local dollar-store (the branches came from the backyard). It's fun for all ages and a great way to gather the family together to work on something that promotes caring and sharing this Christmas season. On the reverse of each snowman or gingerbread man, is an idea or task for each day leading up to Christmas. Ideas like, "Bake cookies and deliver to a neighbour", "Make a brother's bed", "Shovel someone's driveway", "Watch a holiday movie together", "Deliver food to the food bank", "Call an old friend"... Simple, easy and definitely focuses on giving, rather than receiving.
25 Days of Care Package
For anyone who's living away this season, a great idea that's sure to bring 25 days of smiles to anyone's face, is to fill a box (something you can easily ship) with goodies and little gifts for each day leading up to Christmas. For a female University student for example, the box I packed is filled with little dollar-store boxes containing $5 or $10 gift cards for their fave fro-yo and coffee shops, nail polish, gum, toiletries, homemade goodies, stamps (ahem, mail Mom a letter - retro style!), etc... This is a great way to bring the holidays home and reduce holiday home-sickness.
1. Jackson-Triggs Entourage Brut Niagara – 2011 – toasting or cocktails