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What Really Matters This Christmas

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The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. Christmas is just around the corner and the stress of having the perfect holiday has blown in with the cold front.

This year our family has grown significantly. Sara got married earlier this year, had a baby, (the cutest baby on the planet) and Dillon and I got engaged. With these amazing life changes our families have branched out and new Christmas traditions have been introduced to the both of us.

I knocked out all of my Christmas shopping a few weeks ago and presents are nicely wrapped under the tree. Although I’m ahead of the game in the gifting department I’m still feeling the stress of having the perfect Christmas with both sides of the family.

I’m stressing about if everyone will like their gifts. I’m stressing about making the tastiest party food. I’m stressing about finding my camera battery so I can have the best family photos. I’m stressing about making sure we get to each Christmas party on time.

I realized last night I was being a bratty Christmas elf and as usual I was stressing about nothing. What really matters this Christmas is gathering with family to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

It doesn’t matter if we are running a little late in our travels. The gifts don’t matter. What day we gather with our family doesn’t matter. Watching our favorite Christmas movie (Polar Express) doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if mom doesn’t make her Magic Bars. (gasp)

Sure all these things are great but we are all lucky to find time to spend together. We are healthy, live in a free country and have people who love us. God has truly blessed us.

So remember to not sweat the small things this holiday season. Live in the moment, hug your loved ones and count your blessings.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

God Bless and Merry Christmas,

Kayla

 

Ornament Wreath

I stayed up late the other night after work to put up our Christmas tree. I had a bunch of ornaments left over because there are too many to put on our small tree. I started brainstorming what I could do with the left overs. I then decided to mimic some ornament wreaths we are selling at work (for $50 each).

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I free handed it instead of using a wreath structure. You could use metal or foam. Heck you could even tape two ends of a swimming pool noodle and make a big one if you wanted.

All you need for this project is

  • ornaments (a couple different sizes)
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • wreath shape

you can also add in

  • greenery
  • ribbon
  • string lighting

You want to start on the outside of the wreath first, then the inner circle. After that it’s just a matter of adding a new layer and filling in the gaps.

pro tip- I made sure to mix the glittery/shiny bulbs with some of the duller ones to have a good visual diversity.

Also be sure of each placement because after they are glued together it can be a little hard to separate them. Not impossible, just difficult.

 

Gift Name Tags

Wrapping presents has always been fun to me. Even as a kid I took pride in the fact that I could wrap my own gifts for others and get the corners right without help from our mom, unlike Kayla lol.

This year for the holiday season, I wanted to do a little nicer job at wrapping gifts for loved ones instead of tossing stuff into bags and calling it good, like I did last year. But I also don’t want to have to pay a whole lot more just to make it look good.

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This project was pretty simple. I used scotch glitter tape because using loose glitter or spray glitter gets messy. I bought two different colors for some variation. Each package of tags came with twine and 20 tags. I needed two packages of tags but that amount needed will vary on person. The only other item you need for this project is some scissors. All items can be found in the crafting section in Walmart and the whole project cost $9.

I laid out a few tags at a time to work in small batches in case of interruption (interruptions are a given when you have a 5 month old baby).

Next you’ll roll out the tape to cover the width of the tag and trim it at the edges for a clean finish. Repeat until you have the desired height. The first one I made I went with three stripes high, but I ended up making the rest of them only two stripes tall.

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Happy crafting.