The Christmas Challenge Post – 12 Things of Christmas 2020

My friend and fellow blogger Amelia P made a request in the Facebook group Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers to collaborate with other bloggers to do a “Christmas Challenge” post.

How it works is we come up with 12 Things about Christmas, write a post on our own blog and insert links to our fellow bloggers. The second I read about it, I knew I was going to participate. Afterall, the name of the group is Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers.

I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the following bloggers:

Amelia P @ YouCanAlwaysStartNow

Ellen Best @ https://ellenbest24.wordpress.com/

Courtney @ http://lifeapprovedsimply.com/

Esme @ https://esmesalon.com/

Brittany @ https://everydaypbj.com/

Here are my 12 Things “traditions” of Christmas:

  1. For the last 7 years (since the very beginning of my blog) I have been doing a 12 Days of Christmas Series. It is something I truly enjoy doing as it challenges me to dig deep and find easy, budget friendly, gift worthy things people might like to make, bake, decorate or create. I just wrapped up these posts on November 30, 2020 – I will put links to all of them at the end of the post.
  2. I will admit I have an infinity for Santa Claus and for Nutcrackers. I add to my collection every year and proudly display from November 12 to January 06. I also, rarely, if ever, purchase new items for my collection. If at all possible, I search and buy vintage. Here is a picture of the additions I made this year.

3. I like to make (and sometimes sell) Christmas tree decorations. This year I decided to make tree ornaments using wood slices. This one, I thought, was particularly fitting;

We Survived 2020 Ornament

and this one went to my daughter in Texas.

4. I make my own Christmas Cards and try to ensure they are mailed out by December 10th. This one was one of my favorite cards I made this year.

5. I LOVE buying local and especially from local artisans (usually at Christmas Craft Fairs). I did not get to any in person craft shows this year but because there are so many creative beings out there, who were still making and creating their wares, I did purchase items through “on-line” stores so win/win!

6. I am from the East Coast of Canada and even though I now live on the West Coast of Canada, some traditions just never change. On Christmas Eve the evening meal is a feast of some form or seafood. For me this year it is going to be pan fried Digby Scallops. I’m already looking forward to that.

person holding stainless steel cooking pot with food
Photo by Tanya Gorelova on Pexels.com

7. Watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I just love watching a good cheesy predictable Christmas movie :O) – I am not sure what the draw to watch these movies is; maybe it’s the music maybe it’s the happy ending, maybe it’s just the magic of Christmas.

8. Speaking of movies – without fail on Christmas Day I watch the movie “A Christmas Carol” – the black & white version starring Alastar Simms, right after the turkey feast, the dishes can wait!

Humbug to all the rest: Why the 1951 Scrooge film is considered 'the gold  standard' | CBC News

9. On Boxing Day, it’s go to the Movie Theatre for an afternoon matinee, again, not sure what that will look like this year. We will have to wait and see.

10. Traditional Christmas baking for me includes whipped shortbread, sugar cookies, ginger sparkle cookies, gingerbread men, cherry balls, coconut balls and pork pies(not what you think – these are shortbread bottom tarts with date filling and almond icing).

top view of gingerbread cookies laid flat on a wooden table
Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

11. We like to drive around and look at the Christmas lights (we walk around our own neighbourhood though). This year we are going to go to something called the Magic of Lights at the Castrol Raceway -it is sponsored by Canadian Tire and provides you and your guests an opportunity to celebrate the holidays #togetherapart; comfortably maintaining social distancing from the comfort of your own vehicle. We are really looking forward to this and who knows, this could become our “new” yearly tradition. All money raised from the entrance fee goes to the Edmonton Food Bank – a very worthy cause.

12. Making anonymous donations to local charities that are near and dear to my heart. The Salvation Army, the local food bank, and the angel tree being my top three.

Wow, I was worried I didn’t have 12 Christmas Traditions but I bet if you really think about it, you do too. Hope you enjoyed these and don’t forget to visit my few bloggers and see what they came up with for their 12 Things of Christmas Challenge.

As mentioned earlier in this post here are links to my 12 Days of Christmas Series 2020.

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Holiday Straws

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – No Bake Energy Balls

Day 6- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Christmas Bulb Napkin RIngs

Day 7 -12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Nutcracker Place Card Holders

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Sweet & Salty Holiday Candy

Day 10 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Twig & Washi Tape Card

Day 11 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – JOY Vertical Sign

Day 12 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Coconut Lemon Loaf

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10 Item Wish List Christmas 2018

I am doing this post in collaboration with my friend and fellow blogger Amelia from the blog You Can Always Start Now – we thought it would be a neat way to collab and probably discover things we didn’t know we needed or wanted hahaha. We aren’t going to see each other’s lists until our posts are published.

On my wish list are the following 10 items, complete with links to where you can find them.

  1. Sheepskin throw rug – sheepskin is naturally warm, soft and luxurious. A throw rug like this is so versatile as a rug for low traffic areas or thrown over a chair or side of a couch. I think this one from Crate & Barrel is affordable and it makes me want to run out and buy it.  
  2. Santa Gnome from IKEA – I look forward to the new items that IKEA puts out each year and look forward to visiting my local store to see all the wonder that is IKEA, especially at Christmas.  This guy warmed my heart and @ $19.99  I think he’d put a smile on anyone’s face. Do you see him hanging out beside the tree?
  3. Amaryllis – is a popular holiday plant. Tall and graceful, this holiday flower bulb can make a statement as a centerpiece on the table and its trumpet like huge flowers look like they are harking the Christmas holidays. Typically, the red varieties of Amaryllis are sold for the holidays, but they come in colors ranging from red to white to pink to orange and petals that are solid, striped or speckled in all of these colors.  You can get a kit at most big box stores or even at your local grocery store – I saw them for $8.99 at No Frills last week. I need to go back and get one.

    Read more at Gardening Know How: A List Of Plants And Flowers For Christmas https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/christmas-plants-flowers.htm 

4.  A new cookbook – I really enjoy cooking and baking and around Christmas time I    make a bit more time to do both.  I have seen this cookbook floating around in my                travels and liked the concept so it went on my list “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Mastering the      Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat.  I found one on-line and have seen it at          Costco for around $23.00

5. If you like popcorn, you’ve got to check out this next item.

I’m not that girl who buys microwave popcorn as a snack, usually the only time I eat            popcorn is if I go to the movie theater.  I was recently gifted a bag of this deliciousness          and was instantly hooked.   I’m adding it on my wishlist as a possible stocking stuffer –        hint, hint, family members.

6. Body scrubs & body butters – I particularly like The Body Shop body scrubs and butters, like the British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter starting at $6.00 and the British Rose exfoliation Gel Body Scrub for $22.00

Of course you can always make your own, which I also enjoy doing and giving as gifts.          Here is a link for 10 body scrub diy recipes from diycandy. Continue reading 10 Item Wish List Christmas 2018

A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas – Day 2

                                    A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2017 

Welcome to Day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2017. This is my 4th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A WandafulThing.

Today’s gift is quite easy and simple. Part thrifted, part new. I have had this Santa wine box for many years. I purchased it at Salvation Army for $1.50, I have used it in my Christmas decor many times and decided this year I would use it as it was intended.

I’ve been invited to a Christmas gathering and the hosts enjoy red wine.  I picked up a bottle of South African Shiraz and packed it into the box.  No need for any further embellishment. Hope they like it!!

 

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what the next Wandaful Thing  is – be sure to come back for Day 3.

Here is a recap from yesterday along with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2016).

2017

Day 1 – “Be Jolly” serving tray

2016

Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bon

Day 5 –  O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Day 6 – DIY Table Decoration

Day 7 – Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

Day 8 – Jazzed Up Candle Holders

Day 9 – Shortbread Bars

Day 10 – Reindeer Cards

Day 11 – Edible Pretzel Wreaths

Day 12 – Deer Antler Door Decoration

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