Christmas Time is Here

This year will be our first Christmas as a married couple and let me just say I am very excited!  It took all my will power to not start decorating before Thanksgiving. I may even have listen to a little Christmas music the day before thanksgiving (shh…tell no one).

We bought our first Christmas tree from the land of frugality…Walmart.  We decided to just get a fake tree because well we rent and Brandon doesn’t like the smell of real trees (I know, how can you not like it).  But I am very happy with our tree.  We ended up getting a white tree, and we decorated it with bright colored ornaments that I purchased at Walmart and Target because I had left over gift cards from the wedding.

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The thing that I am most excited about this year is that Brandon and I get to start making our own family traditions.  We sat down and made a list of things that we would like to make a yearly occurrence. The following is what we came up with:

  • Read The Christmas story on Christmas day (Luke 2)
  • Put up the tree together as a family after Thanksgiving
  • Take a picture in front of the decorated tree
  • Make a Birthday cake for Jesus
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Prayer advent calendar
  • Watch Christmas movies
  • Make Christmas cookies and sweets

The one thing on this list that has been a very good way to still remember the reason we celebrate Christmas has been the Prayer Advent Calendar.  Each night leading up to Christmas, while we do our regular nightly prayer together, we spend a couple extra minutes on the things on our list.  I saw an idea like this on Pinterest where you did a good deed each day, which isn’t a bad idea either, but what better way to celebrate Christ then to pray for our nation, world, friends and family, and those who do not yet know Him.

We have already watched three Christmas movies.  The first was “The Charlie Brown Christmas special”.  It was always been one of my favorites because it actually talks about the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of our Savior.  We also watched “The Year without a Santa” and “Jack Frost” both are good classics that remind me of being a kid.  We will hopefully get to watch a few more before the season is over.  One that we have to watch, which is my all-time favorite, is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  It has such a good message about how our lives matter, and how we touch others in a way we may never know.

I am also happy to say that I have completed all of my Christmas shopping.  My sister and cousin came over Thanksgiving night, and we went shopping.  We had a fun night of weaving between the people and braving the rain.  We did get some good deals and didn’t really have to wait in any long lines.  The longest line we sat in was at Starbucks.  I also bought a lot of things online, eBay in particular.

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Enjoying a little Starbucks pick-me-up

Craft Time

I went to visit my mom on Monday, and we were supposed to make wreaths together, but we took too much time shopping for the supplies, so I ended up finishing mine at home.  I decided to make a “b” shaped wreath.  If you would like to make your own, you will need:

  1. Cardboard for the base
  2. Paint in the color of the tulle
  3. (2-3) spools of  12 foot tulle
  4. Any additional decorations you like ( I used small Christmas balls)

I got all my supplies at Walmart.  I think it only cost about $8 because I had the cardboard and paint at home.  I used a hot glue gun.  I simply bunched up about a three inch section of tulle and then glued it to the cardboard.  Make sure you paint and let the cardboard dry completely before you glue on the tulle. I then put a small amount of glue on the back of the Christmas balls and arranged them in the patterned I wanted (I would suggest laying them out on the wreath and then gluing them after you have them how you want).  This is an easy craft that probably only took me about an hour to complete.

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The finished product (it looks better in person, the grey blends in with the white door)

Christmas Fudge

The last thing that I would like to share is this amazing two ingredient fudge that literally took 5 minutes including prep-time.  I found the recipe on Pinterest (where else).  I found it on a blog called “Living on a Dime” (Click here to go to the original recipe). She has many other ideas on her blog for easy Christmas candies.  I will also be trying her 4 ingredient English toffee.  But here is the recipe for the fudge, I used peanut butter and chocolate chips to give it a Reese’s taste, since that is Brandon’s favorite.

2 Ingredient Easy Fudge Recipe

3 cups of chocolate chips (about 1 and a half bags)
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Pour both ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds (it only took me 1 minute) When melted, pour into a greased (or I lined my pan with aluminum foil) 8×8 inch pan. Let cool in the fridge (best if left overnight) and then cut into pieces.  Store in fridge.

I will be posting more of our Christmas festivities, but I would love to hear some of your traditions. Also, I would love to see pictures if you try any of my ideas. Just leave a comment or email me.

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