This has been a great week for me. I have been working on Christmas gifts and planning since October, but this week is when a lot of the Christmas festivities began. This week we decorated our home for Christmas. We cut down our tree and I made a wreath. I filled our Advent Calendar with goodies and we’ve begun our count down!
We also had an Old Time Christmas Festival in our town. That’s where we were last night. The air was crisp as we walked down Main Street. We stopped in the little shops for hot cider, apple crisp, hot chocolate, balloons and Christmas music. There was a horse-drawn carriage giving rides, a live nativity and all kinds of contests. Chloe even sat nicely to have her photo taken with Santa Claus. It was wonderful kicking off the season this way.
I’ve read a lot of fantastic reminders about what’s important during the holidays. Here were some of my favorites from the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy them!
Rachel from Small Notebook had two really fantastic posts this week. I couldn’t decide which to link to so I’ll give you both of them. The first doesn’t concern the holidays specifically, but can certainly be applied. It’s about finding contentment. The second is about making Christmas traditions, something I love.
Lynnae from Being Frugal talked about The One Dollar Give. If a lot of people each give a little bit it can make a huge difference.
Get Rich Slowly had 2 great posts a couple weeks ago. The first was 34 Gifts You Can Make Yourself, which is right up my alley! The second was a recipe post for Pumpkin Butter and Pumpkin Muffins. I can’t wait to make them!
Speaking of recipes, Marie at Make and Takes has a recipe for Chocolate Drop Cookies that would be perfect for a cookie exchange, and who doesn’t love chocolate?
Skip To My Lou had two adorable candy cane crafts .. really so cute!
Are you frantically cleaning because you have family coming for the holidays? Save some money by checking out Almost Frugal’s 5 Tips for a Frugal Clean House.
Gather Little By Little asked When Is Something Too Expensive? This post led me to re-examine what I’m spending my money on and to realize that some things just aren’t worth it.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend. I’m going to the holiday party for my husband’s place of work … a free date for us! I hope you get to spend some time snuggling someone you love … because you just can’t put a price on that.
Why I do what I do ~ to find out which dress my daughter wants to wear … every … single … day. She’ll play cars and trucks with the boys, but you’d better believe she’ll be wearing a dress while she’s at it.Have you liked Domestic Cents on Facebook yet?