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Getting Ready

Between sickness and so many projects, it’s been way too long since I updated here!

We are getting ready for Christmas at our house.

Opening a present every night, one of our Christmas books or movies all wrapped up to be new again.

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Decorating a gingerbread house.

Making lots of yummy treats to deliver to neighbors.

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Sewing up a new table runner.

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And a Christmas bunting to help out with displaying our Christmas cards.

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Flowers for Ains.

I finally had the chance to give my niece Ains the quilt I made her for Christmas. Hands down my favorite thing I have made for anyone ever. Here’s the story:

My grandma Lottie was a very special person. She was cranky and mean and spoke her mind. She would also do absolutely anything she could for anyone she knew. It didn’t matter what her personal circumstances were, she would run (but not literally because she had very bad legs) to the aid of her friends or family whenever they had need. When she got to the point she physically couldn’t do it any more, she directed my Aunt Colleen to do it in her stead (although Aunt Colleen is the type to do it on her own anyway) up until she passed away.

Hypocrite

That’s what I am… a big ‘ol hypocrite. I was determined to make a handmade Christmas this year. I did not. I made a few gifts, for my niece and nephew, for my girls, but I didn’t even get one made for my husband. My favorite gift I gave (well, have ready to give but haven’t yet because we were out of town for Christmas) is handmade. So that’s at least something, right? {I’ll show you what it was after I have given it to the recipient, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.}

{Christmas in July} Rules of Giftgiving

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Did you know there are rules about giving and receiving gifts? Well, of course there are. And of course, the late Emily Post had something to say about it. Here is a great article about gifts for service professionals in your life.  Now, before you read this article and scan the list, just remember that there are very well-to-do people out there who use all of these services. I, for one, am not one of those people. But some of the notes here are interesting

Here are a few points I especially want to highlight:

{Christmas in July} Making a list

Are you all list people? I am. I haven’t been lately, and I’m really feeling it in my organizational skills. I started making lists again. Feeling much more on top of things. And when planning for Christmas, lists are essential. After all, if the big guy makes one, shouldn’t we all? Don’t want to forget anyone.

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So, with that in mind, let’s start our {Christmas in July} with a list of everyone we would like to have a gift for. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • family – that goes without saying, right? Who is on your family list?
    • spouse

Winners Finally!

Thank you thank you thank you for being patient with me while my kiddos were sick. Yeah, both of them. Kelsey finally got better on Tuesday. Wednesday, Lottie woke up with the same thing. And of course, I was at my day job on Tuesday, so I missed my window of opportunity to post there…

Without further ado, our winners are:

phantomwinnerCam! Seriously, some people have all the luck… spending your summer “studying” in England, traveling throughout Europe, and now winning my fabulous prize!

Our other winner is not random. I picked this one all by myself…