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Juggling Christmas

22 Dec

Warning…lots of reading and not a lot of pictures ahead…

When my brother and I were young we always had the traditional Christmas morning: get up way to early, check out what Santa left under the tree, and joyously open our gifts with our parents. When we were teenagers, my family began opening gifts on Christmas Eve, possibly going to midnight mass, and then sleeping in on Christmas morning. Our little family has always celebrated Christmas Eve at my parents.

Fast forward many years, a couple weddings, and a few babies.

Here is Christmas Eve 2010:

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As our family grows, it is hard to continue with the same Christmas Traditions we had many years ago. I love spending time with my parents, brother, and his family on Christmas Eve…as does Kevin! Kevin’s brother and sister-in-law have Christmas Eve every year, and Kevin does his best to attend every year also.

So what do you do…one night and two parties to go to?

Kevin and I are lucky that all of our immediate family are within about 30-40 miles of our house, but it is really hard to juggle schedules without hurting feelings or missing the holiday fun. What makes things even more difficult is Kevin may have to work on any given holiday. This year he is scheduled to work on Christmas =(

Our solution for this holiday season was to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s house, Christmas Eve at his brother’s house (but unfortunately Kevin’s mother works so they won’t get to see each other for Christmas), and I will head to my parents alone on Christmas day. This will be the first year my mom doesn’t cook a yummy dinner on Christmas Eve, but thankfully I can still see everyone on Christmas day. I am glad we were able to figure it out without too many issues (I think). Next year may be a different story…

Does anyone else out there have trouble juggling holiday parties? I can’t imagine how difficult this will be when we actually have kids! I am sure there are some of you out there with more than 2 parties to go to. How do you do it without upsetting any family members?

New Traditions and Ugly Sweaters

18 Dec

This is the final week of the Dare to DIY party at Newly Woodwards, and the last topic is Holiday Traditions.

Kevin and I met in 2008, married in 1010, and moved into our home here at Corner of Main in 2011.  We are starting to make a lot of our own traditions for our new family and our new home.

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I hope we can keep this up every year and make it a new tradition!  I would even like to try to plant some trees in our backyard so that we can go cut one of our own down…in…oh…2020 maybe.

  • Each year we have exchanged ornaments.  Kevin seems to have a theme going on the ones he has given me (no complaints here, who doesn’t love Swarvoski Crystal?)

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The photos don’t do these sparkly lovelies justice!

  • Another new tradition we are starting is an annual Christmas party in our home.  We hosted our first Ugly Christmas Sweater party this past weekend actually!  Our friends and family had a great time finding something ugly to wear….

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(Do you see the gray paint?  L. O. V. E. it)

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Those hats actually moved and played music!

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Kevin’s sister was the winner (below in the red with the runners up)…

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She made her sweater quite ugly with a stocking on the front and a wreath on the back!  Here was her prize (along with a Starbucks gift card):

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It’s the (very) rare (I only made 2, one for the winner and one for us)…

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2011 Corner of Main Ugly Sweater Ornament!  I am not sure if I can top this next year!

Do you have any Holiday Traditions?  Check out more at Newly Woodwards!

Linking up to Bower Power Christmas Crafts!

Golden Girl

11 Dec

I am a covered in gold glitter, hence the title.  This reminded of the other day when the cashier at Hobby Lobby told me it’s not the holidays unless he goes home covered in glitter!  Lol, I love it.  Mission accomplished!

I have been playing with my glue gun and my glittery gold snowflakes (again).  This week’s creation is a wreath for our mantel.  I love how it turned out:

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It’s pretty self explanatory, but here’s the details….

  • Gather your supplies:

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  • Wrap ribbon around the wreath (hot gluing the ends to the back of the wreath):

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  • Glue on snowflakes.  I found some old silver snowflakes with our Christmas ornaments and alternated them with the  gold ones to mix it up a bit:

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  • After I applied all the snowflakes, I added a glittery “Merry Christmas Ornament”  (first I cut off the ring above the “r”):

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  • Next I covered a wreath holder with gold ribbon and hung on our mantel mirror.  Merry Christmas!

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I love how the wreath adds some sparkle to our mantel.  You can also see Kevin’s Department 56 Collection.   These little buildings are so cute.  We have a fire station (because Kevin is a fireman),

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a New Orleans Café (because Kevin loves NOLA),

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a Tiffany Lamp shop (because Kevin loves stained glass lamps),

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an Ice Skating Rink (complete with moving ice skaters…I think this one was just cute, we are not big ice skaters!),

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The Art Institute of Chicago  (we love Chicago),

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and a Church (this reminds me of Holy Name in Chicago)…

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And of course, a real mantel would not be complete without stockings.  Can you guess who’s is who’s?

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No we don’t have any children….Stewie (our Jack Russell terrier mix) and Mr. Crackers (our peach faced love bird) need stockings too!  Anyone else out there have stockings for your pet?  I am sure there are a lot of dog owners who do so, but is there anything more exotic than a love bird getting gifts from Santa?

Have a great week!

Linking up with:

Dare to DIY @ Newly Woodwards

Holiday Link Party @ Centsational Girl

Live Made Lovely Monday @ Life Made Lovely

Less Than Three Weeks…

4 Nov

till Thanksgiving!  Can you believe it?  Fall is flying by here; Christmas is around the corner!  Has anyone started Christmas shopping?  I haven’t even thought about it yet; usually I am planning and making purchases way ahead of time, but not this year.  Maybe I will wait till after Thanksgiving to worry about it…as long as I avoid the mall on black Friday…yuck!  Does anyone have a regular Black Friday routine?  Maybe you stay up all night eating pumpkin pie with your family and then you load into someone’s minivan and hit the shops at 3 AM?  Or do you set you alarm for midnight and get a move on?  I can honestly say I do not think I have gone shopping the day after Thanksgiving (maybe my mom can refresh my memory, but I really don’t think so).

Before the shopping madness begins we have just three weeks to think of all the things we are thankful for and prepare for turkey day!  Hopefully this weekend I can make a few things for the house, pack away the jack-o-lanterns, and get myself ready for Thanksgiving.  I was just peeking at Pinterest for some inspiration, and here is what I found:

How pretty and simple (via Dear Lillie – she also has the cutest life -sized ruler on the same post as this pillow-it is really awesome and I think I am going to pin it)

I think I could whip up a banner for the mantel this weekend, and At Second Street even has the free printable for the one above.

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I probably won’t make these cute lil’ hats this weekend, but they would be perfect to bring to a party!

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This Holiday Glow OPI polish is kinda perfect for Thanksgiving, I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’!

We all know we can go crazy on Pinterest, so I’ll stop here.

More about Thanksgiving later in the month.  I am actually going to take part in the “Dare to DIY party” with Kim over at NewlyWoodwards.  It’s all about DIY-ing thru the holidays.  Check out the link and join the party!

Have a lovely weekend!