Advent Calendar Idea Using The Christmas Story

I know we are thinking about Thanksgiving now, but I wanted to share this because December 1st will be here soon!

If you like doing Advent calendars with your kids, you might want to try something a little different with it. I shared this a couple years ago but wanted to share it again for anyone that missed it.

Advent Calendar of the Christmas Story

It is an Advent Calendar that has the Christmas Story divided into 24 sections. Each day, you reveal a portion of the story. On Christmas Eve, you and your kids can read the whole story together.

Many Advent calendars have a gift or trinket each day, so this is a great way to keep the meaning of Christmas alive and have less toys and clutter in the house!!

For a free printable of the numbers and of the Christmas Story already divided into 24 equal parts, visit the original Advent Calendar of The Christmas Story post.

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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Give Your Spring Décor A Winter Look

transform spring decor into winter with paint-birdhouseIf you have a little bit of paint, you can transform many of your spring décor items into winter pieces quickly. I’ll share one example.

I found this adorable birdhouse but I didn’t like the color. It might work in the spring or summer, but winter is a-comin’. Continue reading

Christmas Cards Holder

Now that December is here, the holiday cards are beginning to trickle in. It is always so fun going to get the mail during the holidays because cards, letters, and photos from friends and family begin arriving.

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I feel like every year I try to come up with a place for all the cards. This is tricky because space is limited but we want them to be displayed so we can enjoy them all season.

This year I finally came up with a perfect solution for us. It is a wreath that is used to hold the cards.

First, you need a Styrofoam wreath. They sell them at any craft store. I happened to have a piece of foam that I wanted to use up, so I’ll share how I made mine. If you had any gifts or purchases shipped recently, sometimes they are shipped with these foam pieces.

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If you’re using a sheet, draw a large circle on it and cut it out with a sharp knife. If you bought a foam wreath, you can skip ahead.

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Draw another circle in the center and cut that out.

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Now you have a Styrofoam wreath base.

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Next, tear long strips of fabric and wrap them around the wreath until it is covered. You could even use an old table cloth or sheet. Use hot glue to glue the ends of the pieces down in the back.

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Tie a bow on the top.

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And add a hook to hang the wreath. I just bent a large paper clip and hot glued it to the back of the bow.

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Now it is ready to hang.

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Then using sewing pins, attach your cards right onto the wreath.

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You will probably want to make a few of these depending on how many cards you usually get.

Just hang them wherever you like around the house for all to enjoy.

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Thank You Gift

In the spirit of gratitude this month, I am giving away a gift over at facebook.

Whether you are the host or the guest this Thanksgiving, you are sure to need these wine bottle wraps to spruce up your table wine or your hostess gifts!

wine wrap

All you have to do is come on over and “like” us at facebook.com/maggiemaysgifts and then “like” the giveaway post.

One of you will receive these three wraps in the mail just in time for Thanksgiving!

Contest ends 11/10/13 at midnight. Wine not included, sorry! 🙂