Thursday, July 31, 2014

Christmas in July Christmas Plans

It is about this time every year that I contact my family and ask them to think about when we could do Christmas as a family.  I usually hear a lot of grumbles and such, but if we start asking our bosses for time off now, we are usually able to get one or the other weekends between Christmas off. 

We try to balance my family, my husband's family, my son-in-law's family and work.  We try not to do the "every other year" thing because I want to see everyone, every year!  However, some of the nieces and nephews like this every other year idea and so I have to honor and respect their wishes!  How do you balance family needs during the holidays?

It's about this time when I print out a December calendar and place it on my bulletin board and start writing in dates....we have tickets purchased for events and our neighborhood's Homes Tour, and we want to be sure that we can fit it all in!

This keeps me fairly organized and not double booked.  Would love to hear your ways of keeping organized during the holidays!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas Reads

I was visiting my friend Luludou and she had a post about Christmas reading.  One of the things I love to do at Christmas is read.  I have classics, ones I read every year and I have new books, ones written this year.

My Christmas Classics:

The Night Before Christmas
Polar Express
Carl's Christmas
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Gift of the Magi
Little Match Girl
and excerpts from Little Women and Little House on the Prairie books

My 2014 Christmas Bookshelf:

The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere
Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan (this is a free ebook on Amazon!)
A New York Christmas by Anne Perry

More will be added, but all of these are yet to be circulated books.  Most will come by the end of October, perfect for holiday reading!

Any of you have Christmas classics to read that I missed?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas in July

It's very sad when a Christmas blog misses the Christmas in July party!  However, this blogger started a new job and has been training out-of-town for the month of July.  Hopefully all will be forgiven now that I am jumping in with this post!

To celebrate Christmas in July, I am participating in a Retro Christmas Swap put on by the ladies at Girls Like Us, a Proboards group I joined many, many years ago when Gooseberry Patch closed their open forum.  Many of us had grown close through our posts and remain friends today!  Since I haven't mailed my box as of yet, I can't tell you what I purchased for this swap but I do promise to share later.

If you are a Pinterest user, you can find many fun ideas on my Christmas Tree Lane's Christmas in July board.  My focus was using seasonal things, swimming pool noodles, strawberries, watermelon, etc., in a way to celebrate Christmas!  These things are readily available in the Midwest in July, so your celebration will be easy and economical!

Here's a inexpensive but delightful idea for your CIJ party.  Using white labels, you can write "Melted Snowman" with sharpies and a snowman beside the words.  Stick the label over a water bottle label and there you go!  So simple, yet, very festive and fun and a great way to get your family to drink more water!  These labels are much more elaborate and so cute!!

Enjoy your celebration and let me know if you do the Melted Snowman idea!