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Have you tried this? Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, I tested this last year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver received from Santa.

Don’t forget cookies for Santa.  Help him get cookies at every stop;  share a jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

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Today we had a record breaking weather high of 51 degrees! Rain forecast for tomorrow. Not looking much like a white Christmas for Santa and his reindeer, but that can quickly change.

Elf on the Shelf girl

Do you Elf on the Shelf?

Only a few days left until those creative, fun loving little elves make their annual appearances everywhere.

If you don’t elf yet, think about bringing one into your home. You could quickly fill your own picture album full of their crazy shenanigans. Some folks find the presence of an elf in their home a beneficial behavior modification for their young ones.

Behind the Tradition:

This classic tradition began when Santa Claus wanted to keep better track of the naughty and nice list. His idea was to have scout elves sent to adoption centers to sleep until families read the story together, gave the elf an individual name and adopted the elf on the web. Families can grant any name they want, but the name is required in order for the Christmas magic to be bestowed upon the elf. It’s like welcoming a new member of the family!
Once the elf arrives at a family’s home, he or she watches to see who is being good and who is being bad. In order for the elf to do the job efficiently, he or she hides in different spots of the house each day! The elf then travels to the North Pole when the family is asleep to give a daily report to
Santa. These daily reports help keep the naughty and nice list as accurate as possible before each Christmas Eve.
It’s important to not touch your elf, or else the magic will be lost.

Please share photos of your elf’s crazy shenanigans on our Facebook page.

Have you tried this? Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, I tested this last year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver received from Santa.

Don’t forget cookies for Santa.  Help him get cookies at every stop;  share a jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

Angela really wants Christmas cookies for our office party on Thursday and here I am cooking up Christmas soap,  a recipe from  It’s Gravy Baby.

The “recipe” calls for items that you may already have around the  house, plus the process is  easy peasy.

Gather Up:

  • a bar of white soap
  • food coloring
  • water
  • cookie cutters or  candy molds

Directions:

  • Grate your bar of soap.  Find your kitchen grater, you need approximately one cup of grated soap.
  • Divide your grated soap into bowls.  One bowl for each color you want.  About 1/4 cup in each bowl to make 4 colors.
  • Add a bit of hot water to each bowl- a little less than a tablespoon per bowl.  Use a spoon or fork to mash it all together until you reach a good consistency and all of the pieces are incorporated.
  • Add a few drops of food colors, mixing until you reach your desired color.
  • Press soap mixture into cookie cutters or molds and freeze.

Line  a baking pan with waxed paper for easy clean up.  You’ll want to freeze them for at least a few hours or overnight.

Now you have cute stocking stuffers or good clean fun gifts for the little neighbors!

Just in case any of the Christmas Crayons are mistaken for cookies, keep this handy Doctor’s Case close by for an Rx. Wink wink…

You must try this! Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, I tested this last year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver received from Santa.

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Help Santa out and be sure that he gets cookies at every stop. Share this jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerellahas the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer will light the way for Santa. Popsicle sticks and googly eyes are a make together project for you and your little ones,  for your tree or gift away. Expat Mom has the steps, one, two, three.

Salt dough ornaments are so very easy to make.  Here is a perfect clay recipe for creating little hand impression ornaments giving you head start on Christmas gifts. We like that it is non-toxic, made of food ingredients therefore safe for kids to play around with and squish, mush and squeeze the dough through their little fingers. It’s great for a quick economical, yet treasured gift for grandparents and other favorite relatives.  There may be a new tradition happening at your house too.

This clay recipe will harden when left out for a day or two and can then be painted and embellished if so desired. In humid climates it may take several days to dry out. The drying time will depend on the humidity and how large your ornament is. To speed up the drying process, you can put it in the oven at 90 degrees for 30 minutes, then shut off the oven for it to cure. Remember to leave it inside the oven with the door closed.  You could also dry it completely in the oven for several hours.

Salt Dough “Recipe for Fun”:

  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of mineral oil
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup water

Mix all  ingredients together and knead it with your hands. If it is too wet, add a pinch more flour and if it is too dry add a bit of water. For a seasonal scent, add a small amount of cinnamon to the dough mixture.

This recipe yields a good snowball size ball. It is the perfect size for one keepsake hand print ornament. Flatten the ball out and press your little one’s hand into it. Pierce a hole with a drinking straw toward the top of the ornament for a festive ribbon that you will tie through once it has properly dried.

Kellie from This Blessed Nest made these hand prints with her twins.

If you’re not quite ready for Christmas preparations, then, let’s talk turkey.

Turkey Toes if you dare! Tickle the fancy of your Thanksgiving guests with these turkey toes aka what to do with left over Halloween candy corn. This timely idea is provided by Laura Lee Lewis.

Gobble Gobble!

It’s Boxing Day for our friends to the north of us and on Tuesday for those across the pond.

We received this thoughtful note from a Canadian customer on Christmas Day:

Good morning and Merry Christmas!

I certainly hope no one is reading this email today but I hope someone reads it soon, because in it is glad tidings of joy from a very satisfied customer!

I am writing from Canada, where not only could I not find the bed I wanted, no company could even promise me a Christmas delivery for any bed they had on their websites. The only similar bed I found was from Sears Canada, who didn’t have the colour I wanted, and cost TWICE what I paid from you.

When I ordered the Jordan loft bed, I was not promised Christmas delivery either, but I was hopeful that it would arrive at least in time for New Year’s. I was also worried about customs and duty at the border, but Shawna assured me that no customer had ever called back from Canada to complain about the duty.

You can’t imagine my joy when the bed arrived “sain et sauf” (safe and sound) on December 17th!

But it gets better.

Imagine my joy when I saw the boxes and realized that it was the Pulaski made Build-a-Bear bed from the Sears website and I realized that I had saved OVER 2500 dollars!!!

So, now I know why you ship beds to Canada every day.

Thanks again, great customer service from everyone I spoke to at all levels (I did have to import it and fill out a bunch of forms and deal with a customs broker), and even the delivery guy was most helpful when I asked him to indicate on the freight bill that most of the boxes were indeed damaged (I have not opened all the boxes yet so I don’t know if they are damaged, but I did a quick check and I don’t think they are).

So well done, thank you, and I’ll be back 🙂

Louise M Pothier

Montreal

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Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom and many countries (including Canada) that were once part of the British Empire. The origin of this holiday’s name is not clear. In feudal times in the United Kingdom, the lord of the manor would ‘pay’ people who worked on his land in the past year with boxes practical goods, such as agricultural tools, food and cloth. These were often distributed on the day after Christmas Day. More recently, employers traditionally gave their servants a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. Some people in Canada still give gifts to people who provide them with services.

Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a portion of the food left over from the Christmas celebrations in a box to their families and the distribution of alms from the church collection boxes to poor parishioners. These traditions evolved into the Christmas baskets that some employers distribute to their employees during the holiday season at the end of the year.

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Totally Kids fun furniture and toys – for boxing day – Bozo Bop Bag.

Oliver, age 8 months is not too thrilled sitting on Santa’s lap.

Big brother Myles age 7 comforts his little brother Kyle age 2 as they sit in Santa’s big  green chair.

Any other pictures of sad faces with Santa, send them on over to kayrocks@gmail.com

This Tuesday morning an extremely rare event occurred. The shortest day of the year known as the winter solstice in astronomical circles and a lunar eclipse both happened on the very same day. The last time it occurred was more than 400 years ago and will probably take that long again before it happens again. It was rare,  it was special… and here in Minneapolis a blizzard blocked the night skies. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Moon In My Room

Moon in My Room brings the beauty and wonder of this celestial body right into your child’s bedroom. This remote controlled, glow-in-the-dark “mini moon” is contoured and textured to feature an authentically detailed lunar moonscape. A built in light-sensor illuminates a room when it gets dark and shows 12 phases of the moon. The phases can be controlled manually or set to rotate on an automatic function to change every five second, so that kids can follow the moon in the sky with the moon in their room.

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So, what fun things did you do on the longest night of the year? We had a jolly old time making Reindeer Root Beer for friends and neighbors.

All it takes is googly eyes, red pom pom attached with a hot glue gun and dark brown pipe cleaners to twist on top of the bottle. Then we enclose a message: with a message: We’re “rootn” that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

We could not resist dressing the winter ale bottles for a party Wednesday night.

 

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Candy Contest


The winner will be the person that guesses the exact or closest number of peppermint candy in the jar. Leave your guess on our Facebook page and we will announce the winner December 30st.  You will receive a $25.00 Totally Gift Card! Good Luck!