Christmas is now in full effect here in the Granger home even if I am currently in a t-shirt & flip flops. The tree is decorated, the manger scene is up, the Christmas cards are stamped, & the gifts are BOUGHT. I only have a few tiny extras for Eddie, but he still has almost all of his shopping for me to do. Other than each other we are DONE DONE DONE. So relieved to have everything bought before my grandparents arrive. Now I can visit with them more when they are here.
Next step will be wrapping, crafting, & in some cases shipping. I have opted to do a few homemade gifts this year thanks to pinterest:
I will be making "Candy Cane Vodka" in which you put candy canes in a mason jar and fill with vodka. Let sit (it turns the clear liquid red) then decorate with a lovely bow. You may want to attach a drink recipe or two that use the peppermint drink.
I am also making a homemade scent jar. Put cinnamon sticks, an orange, cloves, and dried cranberries in a mason jar and decorate. You then attach the directions card. "Cut up the orange and then put it and all other ingredients in a pan with water and heat on low." Makes a yummy smelling potpourri you can use over and over all winter long.
I love wrapping gifts it really gets me into the holiday spirit. Next will come cookie baking followed with family time. I hope people remember the reason for the season. Sometimes too much focus is placed on the gifts and not the spirit of Christmas. I have tried to follow the "Acts of Kindness" pledge. I bought the coffee for the girl behind me at the Starbucks drive through (she looked like it was a rough morning). I also donated money to a charity at work and mailed Christmas cards to the troops. Next stop is Angel tree or something similar in nature.
It is a wonderful time of year and I hope everyone enjoys.