I'm sorry I missed out on yesterdays blogmas fun, but it was a crazy busy day around here. Here's a peek at some of what was going on:
My Mom and I were baking up a storm all day! Lots of sugared pecans, faux turtles, reindeer cookies, mini eggnog bread loaves, chocolate covered spoons and pretzels.
I don't have photos of them, but we did lots of pretty containers of sugared pecans. We also did up goodie plates like the one above. Then we put together cute little bags with the mini eggnog bread & tied on chocolate covered spoons for coffee or cocoa.
Then we had lots of this:
We had a pile of boxes of gifts to ship and homemade cards to go with them. So we took a break from cookies and spent some time at the post office.
Then last night was my daughter's Christmas concert at church for her religious education class:
My Girl in the burgundy sweater
Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Angels (I love that Joe is holding Jesus)
Santa & the Mrs. stopped by to visit
Santa handed out treats to all the kiddos
Sorry - these are phone pics so not as clear. But it was a very sweet concert. The birth of Jesus Christmas story was narrated and in between each different class would stand up and sing a song pertaining to that part of the story. Then at the end Santa & Mrs. Claus came to visit and hand out candy to all the kiddos. So basically it was a big day and long night, but another one full of fun memories for the books!
Anyway, thanks for letting me show you my day and my excuse for missing yesterday. Here's my scoop on the STOCKING STUFFERS for today though!
Santa always brings our kiddos some candy each year. Different kinds each year and some years unique candy shows up depending on what can be found. Then usually some new ornament also shows up for each kiddo. This is a neat thing to do I think as the kids love talking about their memory of that ornament each year when they put it on the tree. The ornaments are so different from one year to the next as the kiddos are into different things each year. An example for this year is that my son is getting a replica of a stadium chair ornament of his favorite Canadian hockey team.
Then the gifts we do vary each year depending on what we find also. I always like to do some things that are unique and different and not found in big box stores. So several years ago I found a neat local toy store that only has unique and different specialty gifts and that's where I find goodies each year. An example is hand made wood jewelry that's also hand painted and then they'll personalize it with your child's name. And my son is a teenager and knows the Santa deal, but it's fun(& nice for his sis) how he plays along. Well Santa is teasing him in his stocking this year with a unique portable/foldable mustache comb (he's getting some fuzz on his lip now) Lol
If you don't have a fun specialty store like that I recommend Hearthsong online or through their catalog for neat unique gift alternatives. Here are some fun suggestions I found at Hearthsong:
these holiday "hatch 'ems" are cute and unique
So are these eye spy motion activated voice recorders
I can't wait to get back to blogging life today and visit my friends out there to see what I missed yesterday and what you've got to share today!
Linking for Blogmas Day 18 with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom