When You Stop Believing in Santa, You Get Underwear!

Hopefully, you still believe and undies won’t be under your tree on Christmas morning! And for those of y’all who have little ones that wait for Santa to come down the chimney or use his “special” key for the front door, I have something fun and easy-peasy to make for Santa’s reindeer. It’s a sack of “Magic Reindeer Hay”. We made these several years when our daughter was little. Right before bedtime, we would put Santa’s cookies and milk on the table by the tree and went outside to sprinkle food for Rudolph and the rest of the gang!

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All you need is a lunch-size brown paper sack, some scrapbook/construction paper, and hay. Ribbon is optional. You can either print off the poem on a printer or let the kids write it with crayons or markers.

Poem and directions on tag on the front of the sack:

Magic Reindeer Hay

It’s the night before Christmas,

Santa will soon be here.

We give cookies to Santa

Now let’s feed his reindeer!

Directions:

On Christmas Eve,

Just before going to bed,

Sprinkle the reindeer hay on your lawn.

Jump into bed and quietly listen for Santa.

For he and his reindeer will soon be here!

Mr. and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and hope you get everything you wish for!

Display the Hippo!

The voting for our Gingerbread Competition is in full swing! At this time, “Christmas Beach House” (entry #1) is in the lead 13 to 4. I love that everyone is joining in on our fun. I also love the trophy that the winners have to….I mean, get to display in their living room until next years competition!

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Mr. and I found the quirkiest Christmas ornament (the hippo) and glued it to the top of a stocking holder. I added some gold letters and viola…the Hippo Award was born! Mr. and I think it’s pretty awesome, if we say so ourselves. 🙂

You still can join in on the fun and cast your vote. Just leave me a comment over on this post of your favorite entry.

Do you have anything displayed in your living room that really doesn’t go with your decor? Like a Hippo Award?!

Pineapple Tops + Hot Glue = Failure

Who knew that hot glue would not work on a leaf from a pineapple top! We found that out yesterday while decorating gingerbread houses, which is an annual competition we do as a family. This year, teams were Mr. and me vs. our daughter and her roommate! I can’t tell you who had the hot glue failure yet, but will reveal who AND the winning team after Friday! We put the entries on Facebook every year and a winner is chosen! If you would like to join in on the fun, you can vote here for YOUR favorite! Judge on creativity, innovation, and originality. Voting starts today and ends Friday, December 20th, at 8:00 p.m.

We always start out with the same kit and go from there. Entries are allowed one non-edible item, but everything else must be edible. This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Sands”. After 7 1/2 grueling hours of decorating, we were all finally finished!

Entry 1: “Christmas Beach House” – house is constructed of gingerbread; roof is shredded wheat cereal; house is painted with royal icing tinted with food coloring; graham cracker windows; door is Wasa crackers and pretzels; Christmas lights are pieces of Mike & Ike candies; life preserver is a Life Saver candy with ropes out of spaghetti noodles; deck and railings are pretzel sticks; stilts are pretzel rods; palm trees(2) are pretzel rods and shredded wheat fronds; palm tree (1) is Pirouette cookie and fronds are Spearmint gum painted with food coloring; coconuts are caramel bits; sand is brown sugar; rocks around water are Heath bits; water is Fruit Rollup base with blue Jello filling; fish is Swedish fish candy; red surf board is Air Head candy.

And last but not least: the lounge chair was constructed out of shredded wheat cereal.

The non-edible item on this entry is the surf board on the left leaning up against the palm tree.

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Entry 2: “Santa’s Surf Shack” – house is constructed of gingerbread; roof is shredded wheat cereal; bamboo siding is pretzel sticks; door is shredded wheat cereal; life preserver is a Life Saver candy with icing ropes; palm trees are pretzel rods; fronds are leaves from a pineapple top; coconuts and bananas are Runts candy; hammock and beach towels are Fruit Rollups; beach ball is gum ball with icing stripes; surfing Santa is a sucker; surf board is fondant icing; shark fin is graham cracker covered in icing; sand is brown sugar; boulders are brown sugar lumps; water is icing.

And last but not least: the flip flops are carved Pez candies with icing straps.

The non-edible item on this entry is the Volkswagon Bus hauling a Christmas tree.

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Does your family have any annual traditions? We hope you enjoy ours!

Christmas is Coming: Whether I’m Ready or Not!

Aaaaggghhh!! Where has the time gone?!?! November has come and gone and Christmas is less than three weeks away! AND I DON’T HAVE MY SHOPPING DONE! I am usually done waaay before Thanksgiving, but for some reason I have really dragged my feet this year.

So who has all their Christmas decorations up? I’m not raising my hand, are you? We do have our tree up though. We have always in the past put our tree up on Thanksgiving night, but since we were going home to Oklahoma to spend Thanksgiving with our family, Mr. and I put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving. It was so nice to come home to it already up.

While we were in Oklahoma, my mom and I went shopping for her a live tree. I love live Christmas trees! Our tree is a fake pre-lit tree, and I think it is on it’s last trip out of the attic. This is either the fifth or sixth Christmas we have had it and it’s gone through two major moves. Therefore, half of the lights didn’t come on this year. So we did what we had to do and strung several strands of lights on it. On a pre-lit tree!!! 🙂 Need to add a few more ornaments and it will be done! Next year…this girl is going to have a real tree again!!

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In the past I have put several trees up, but I am only putting one tree up this year. (I keep telling myself this over and over) Two years ago, I put up nine trees! All a different size and all decorated different. Although, I may put two on the front porch, but that doesn’t count since they won’t be in the house. Right?

I also started decorating our mantel. I absolutely love it! And for those that follow me, you know that turquoise is my favorite color.

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But I think it’s still missing something. Maybe? I’m just not sure what.

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I still want to make a centerpiece for the dining room table, decorate the entry way table, and make the front porch festive. AND get one of the spare rooms upstairs ready for my mom who is spending Christmas with us! At this point, neither spare room has a bed and both are full of stuff! But all is well….as I work better under pressure!

Hope everything is beginning to look like Christmas at your house!