Category Archives: Christmas

Coming Home For Christmas

viewerI am just going to start this review by confessing: I am a Christmas junkie.  I love it, all of it, the Christmas specials, the feelings they bring, holiday gatherings, decorating, all of it!  The thought of having a perfect Christmas drives me all year long!  This year I have had the privilege of reviewing Christmas stuff- I’m in way up to  my ears with happiness over this one!!!

Now, on to my thoughts!  The movie has a great story!  Having seen probably a hundred Christmas movies, I can honestly say that I haven’t seen this story before!  I loved the story and the message behind it!  The set designers did a great job of making it a believable little town and homes!  The actors could use some work, but then perhaps the fact that they aren’t household names is what makes this special.  The film makes you feel good and even amidst mediocre acting you want to watch, to hear the story, to see it unfold.

Overall, I can’t turn down any holiday movie, good or bad.  This one has a great story, an actual unique one which is a rarity.  While this probably won’t be your new holiday favorite, it is one you will feel good watching.  Personally, I enjoyed it.  I am a sucker for a good Holiday story!

About The Movie

After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven’t been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home… the only problem is someone else lives there now.

The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!

Who is Norman Rockwell?  Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.

Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
$14.99
Available at Walmart
Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon
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Originally posted 2013-11-22 00:01:07.

My Village & Candle Warmer

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Hey everyone!  I wanted to share with you my amazing candle warmer!  Makes the house smell yummy wothout all the work!  Id love for you to click the link and follow my adventures on instagram!

Originally posted 2012-12-20 18:27:00.

Mischievous Elf (Not for little eyes!)

 So, on the paper are directions as to how to dissect a frog.
Santa captured the rogue elf, unfortunately Santa isn’t being very nice!  LOL

Originally posted 2012-12-20 01:42:00.

DIY Christmas Shadow Lamp

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Hey everyone!  If you are looking for a last minute Cricut decor project, look no further!  I cut these and got them pasted up and I think you might like them.  I will admit I fell in love!!!

All ya gotta do is use your Cricut and cut the image you’d like (or use scissors and cut) then use sticky tack to adhere them to the inside of your lamp.  Of course, if you’d like you could do this with anything.  No need to rein in your creativity!!!  (so did ya at least giggle at my intended pun???)

Anyway, got any quick crafty stuff that you are loving???  Leave your pinterest URL and I’d love to follow to check out what you’ve been up to pinning!  Loving Pinterest!  😀

Originally posted 2012-12-14 06:00:00.

Quick Recycled Bulb Christmas Ornaments

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Hey Everyone!  It’s been a super long time since I did any tutorials and I thought I’d post one for ya today.  😀  These are super easy to make!  Promise!

I will be honest and say I forgot to take pics during the process, but it’s super easy so I’ll just do directions.
1.  take old lightbulbs that would normally be thrown away and dip them in glue or spray them with glue
2.  dip the wet bulb in glitter
3.  lay on something to dry that it won’t stick to, I used freezer paper.
4.  there is a small hole in the metal part of the bulb, use it to put your hook into then hot glue or super glue it into place.

TIP: Don’t use clear glitter like I did!  Eventually, they will turn yellow!  I suggest using other colors.  I’m going to try again with red glitter.  😀

Originally posted 2012-12-12 06:00:00.

#TheStarMovie Coming Soon! #FlyBy

The Star is a new film produced by Sony Pictures will be released in theaters November 17th! So excited for this adorable new Christmas film!  Be sure and check them out!  What a great movie to get the holiday season started!

About the Movie

In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

Find it Here!

Have Some Fun

The movie itself is a ton of fun but they couldn’t stop there!  On the website, they have an interactive coloring book and it’s not only adorable, but also such a fun and relaxing activity!   The Star Animated Coloring BookThere are also free printable Dioromas to add to your holiday fun!  I love love love these adorable little cutouts!  What great fun to have with the children before Christmas!  Being a sucker for craftThe Star Printable Dioramas

Further Things Worth Checking Out!

Christmas Love Letters from God

Where Jesus Slept

Christmas Tract & 10 Must Do Christmas Crafts

Saving Christmas

The First Christmas

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone!  Hope this post finds you well!  I thought I would give you a few laughs to go with your day!  Hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!  Remember that we were given the Ultimate gift and it is that gift which is the true meaning for everything.  May God Bless You and Keep You throughout the year and always!

funny christmas pictures 01 - funny christmas comics-counting down to xmas #2      
Simply because my Monkey says the same thing to me, I give you this one:
Funny Christmas Cartoons 7 - funny christmas comics-counting down to xmas #2

Here is our living room, we caught Santa on candid cam!  You can too, check out the giveaway for it!  Hope you like our decor and enjoy your holiday.  I’ll leave you with a classic poem to share with your loved ones or just enjoy yourself with a hot cup of cocoa!

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

by Clement Clarke Moore – Published in 1822

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Originally posted 2011-12-25 04:21:00.

Snowflake Ornament/Gift

Hi People!!!  Sorry it’s been so long since I put up a ‘real’ post!!!  My stinkin’ camera thing went AWOL and we JUST found it!!!  Obviously, I’m super organized and super responsible!!!  😀  Anyway, on to the reason for your visit!!!
I made this hanging out of a straw, ribbon/thread/forgot what this stuff is called, and a beer tab.
 I glued a straw on the back so that I could make sure it hung straight and hide the knot where I tied the pretty string stuff together.  I wrote on the paper the following poem, which I found online somewhere!  
The Legend of the Snowflake 
Long ago,
a gleaming star led
the way to a child 
born in a manger.
Today it is believed
that Snowflakes are 
little pieces of that
special Star
that leads us to
The Light of 
The World, Jesus.
I have to say, Chief Zoo Keeper responded with “WHO says that!?!  What legend!?!”  
Sometimes, he just doesn’t get it!!!  
Now, to the bling!  I made these with re-purposed bottle caps.  I’ll be posting them on my Etsy shop, so come and pick you some up!  They can be used for decoration, ornaments, necklace/keychain charms!  They really are adorable!!!

Merry Christmas and God Bless You!

Originally posted 2011-12-20 01:41:00.

Artificial Christmas Tree Tips

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We’re running late on that whole decorating thing this year!  Life has been really crazy!  Of course, it usually is!  Anyway, I thought I would post some tree tips for you.  Ours is old.  We got it from someone for free on Craigslist and I’m too cheap, oops, FRUGAL to buy a new one!  So, frugality creates lots of room for creativity!

Tip #1:  Cleaning Your Tree (The Easy Way)

So my brother was cleaning out my garage, being the sweet brother he is, and had his not so wise friend helping him.  Said friend put my tree up in the attic.  What said Friend DIDN’T think anything about the fact that there was loose cotton ALL over the attic!!!  For some reason, they chose to insulate it with cotton!  Anyway, my solution: furniture vacuum extension!!!  Works like a charm!!!

Tip #2: Marking the light strings!

If you have a pre-lit tree, or even if you simply use regular string lights, tying a bright piece of ribbon on the ends of the cords will help you be able to easily find them so that you don’t have to spend hours going through the branches trying to find them!  However, you will see that I used a gold ribbon—  don’t use gold!!!  It was very hard to find!  The orange worked great though!!!

Tip #3: Keep would-be helpers at bay!

 For the four legged friends, bones maybe???
 For the Monkeys, might I suggest busy work?  LOL

Tip #4: Fixing broken branches

 If you have an artificial tree, you know the pains of the infamous broken branches!  Obviously, you put them back in their place and use a screw to hold the branch up but we all know that won’t keep the branch where it needs to be!  So, made a chain with paper clips and hang it from the branch above where it’s supposed to be.  Just remember not to hang heavy ornaments from it!!!
I would love to show you the finished product, but I am waiting on my Monkey to get around to helping me!  She wants to help, but she keeps having to go to bed or do something else (stupid homework!).  So, whenever it gets up, I’ll give ya a peek!  In the meantime, let me know if you have any tips or tricks of your own!!!

This next one would be a great Christmas Gift!

DIY Jewelry Hanger

Originally posted 2011-12-03 14:14:00.

The Christmas Tract & Ten Must Do Crafts

 

The Christmas Tract & Ten Nativity Crafts You Don't Want o Miss!

 

Attention spans for children can be pretty short.  Keeping the attention of a group of them is an even bigger challenge.  If you’ve ever taught, worked in daycare or just have a set of multiples then you already know that.  I absolutely love The True Story of Christmas Tract.  Each set of pages tells a piece of the story and another page that is interactive and ‘moves’.  I will admit that I spent a ridiculous amount of time playing with the tract. It was too much fun, I had to keep playing.  LOL

Christmas Tract & 10 Nativity Crafts

This is the absolute perfect little Christmas tract to use for Sunday School,homeschool, or even just to have for the kiddos.  What a fun way for them to get the hands on memory with the story!  Getting into the story will also help them to put it to memory better, develop even more happy memories in learning the Word.

There are so many activities to do in relation to The True Story of Christmas.  I absolutely love the thought of doing a new one each day of the Christmas season so in addition to this wonderful Tract, I’ve decided to share some additional Christmas projects from some wonderful folks around the blogosphere!  Enjoy!

  1. DIY Nativity Story Stones
  2. DIY Stained Glass Nativity
  3. DIY Nativity Ornament 
  4. Cinnamon Stick Nativity Set
  5. Toothpick Nativity
  6. Popsicle Manger Craft
  7. Nativity Play Popsicle Puppets
  8. Baby Jesus Envelop Crafts
  9. Baby Jesus in a Manger Craft
  10. DIY Pop Up Nativity Card