Tis the Season – Gifting

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I expressed my beef with Santa at the beginning of the month, and since then we have been trying to decide our approach to him this year.  

THANK YOU to everyone who expressed their thoughts and their traditions. They were and are very much appreciated it!

It also got my Momma and I talking about us growing up.
I told her I didn’t remember too much about Santa and the role he played in our Christmas traditions, and she said it was because he didn’t

My mom is a nurse.  
Growing up in order to work with her work schedule this is how our Christmas gifting would play out.
 
About five minutes till midnight we would all go into one of our bedrooms to watch for “Santa” to come. 
Yes, we would stay up every.single.year.
At precisely midnight my mom would yell from the living room 
“He came! He came!”
And BAM!
Just like that the presents under the tree doubled in size and the once empty stockings would be full of underwear and socks.
I hate to say we never fell for the Santa “lie” but my brother and I just pieced it together, and once we started asking questions my mom didn’t want to lie to us.    
I don’t remember some tramautic moment for me when I really found out he wasn’t real. 

Once I talked to my mom I totally laughed at how I overreacted about Santa.
If Maggie finds out the truth sooner than later, would that be so bad?
Would the Christmas magic no longer be there? Nope. I think not. 
   
This year the girl’s will get one unwrapped gift from Santa. 
Maggie wrote him a letter saying she’s been “nice not naughty” and 
what her and Mia would like his elves to make them. #sosososweet

So yup we will take it one year at a time. 
I’m all good with one unwrapped gift from Santa every year.

I blogged last year how we go about deciding on gifts for the girls
We will implement the same idea this year. #easypeasy

The other day I asked if any of you did neighbor gifts and the lovely Kait came to the rescue!
“Of course I do! “WE WHISK YOU A MERRY KISSMAS!” Take a new oven mitt, spatula, and whisk. Fill the whisk with Hershey Kisses. Tie and ribbon ’round that shiz and VOILA! Everyone has a kitchen :)”

I love it! My SIL Annie did the cuteness below this year.

With all the fun crafts around I really wanted to incorporate the girl’s into our gift giving.

Of course starting on our Christmas cards. Maggie didn’t just stop at the card, she stamped each of our envelopes. #withlove

 

Thanks to my beautiful friend Megan who shared her Salt Dough Recipe, the girl’s and I made a double batch of ornaments!
So EASY and such a fun, cheap craft!

 

I’ve been in a baking mood lately! #myneighborsloveme #mythighsdont
We’ve gone and made Christmas candy with Gpa and Gma twice now!

Of course I had to make my Pretzel Hugs #tradition
We used the “original” Hershey’s Hugs {which are a beast to find} and Peppermint Hershey Kisses we received as a gift {THANKS Kara}
and of course Maggie added pink sprinkles which we always have on hand.

  

What have you been making?
Baking?
Did you happen to check out my Secret Santa reveal yesterday?

Winner of the $10 Starbucks Gift Card is Jessica Schwartz.

Congrats lovely! Please shoot over your mailing addy and I’ll get that right out to you. THANKS to everyone who participated! Here are some of my fav Elf on the Shelf names ya’ll shared.

Brittany
Maizy!
I LOVE the idea of naming our Elf {if we ever get one} an “M” name. Great fit with our M&M girls don’t cha think?

Rachel -  
I personally think the Elf is kinda creepy. He reminds me of Chucky..scary! ha
I love the name Kringle or Griswold (if you’re a Christmas Vacation fan). :)
No offense to Kringle or Griswold, but I’m so loving CHUCKY! 

If I had children and got and Elf, I really like the name Jingle Belle. :)
I’ve always loved the name Belle. So fitting for the Christmas Season.

L. -
You should name your elf after your favorite Starbucks drink =] maybe you won’t resent him so much haha
L you are one smart lady!! Peppermint Hot Chocolate! #bam #winnerwinner
  
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Happy Friday friends!
XOXOXO  

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  1. Funny how I just wrote about this today on FB – Someone compared Santa to Disney princesses? REALLY?!? Anyhow, I’m glad to know others are in the same boat. I’m not down with this Santa clown haha or his buddy the Easter Bunny who lays chocolate eggs (creepster!)
    The original story about St Nick helping others is cool though – sucks it’s all twisted into putting expensive gifts under the tree from someone who isn’t around – not sure how that’s charitable at all. :) Happy holidays!!!

  2. Funny how I just wrote about this today on FB – Someone compared Santa to Disney princesses? REALLY?!? Anyhow, I’m glad to know others are in the same boat. I’m not down with this Santa clown haha or his buddy the Easter Bunny who lays chocolate eggs (creepster!)
    The original story about St Nick helping others is cool though – sucks it’s all twisted into putting expensive gifts under the tree from someone who isn’t around – not sure how that’s charitable at all. :) Happy holidays!!!

  3. As a soon to be mama, I’m starting to think about how I’m going to handle the whole Santa thing. I hope to be able to focus on the original story about helping others. A friend of mine does an advent calendar with her kids every year, but instead of chocolates in each box, there are “good deeds” in them. So every day, the kids do a good deed. One day was “deliver food to the food bank”, “bring cookies to seniors home”, “make a card for someone you love”. I LOVE that idea!

  4. Girl you have been busy! Love all the projects that you did, and I love the gift your SIL did! Def on my list for next year! Wrapping paper to the neighbors is genius!! Also I’m so envious of you that you let your littles help with the baking. I just can’t. I get so frustrated. Unless it’s baked goods for us to eat, the girls don’t help. I’m too ocd I guess.
    Merry Christmas lovely! It’s been a blessing to be your friend over the last year!
    XOXO
    Megan

  5. I am now hungry for all that yummy goodness….:) thanks alot. lol

  6. I love the wrapping paper idea for gifts. I will have to keep that one in mind! Santa always brings the biggest gift for Little C.

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