5 Creative Ways to Display Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are so much fun to receive, don’t you think?  It’s such a nice change to get something in the mail other than a bill!  And for those we don’t see too often, its a great way to see how their family has grown and changed.  I really enjoy displaying all of these greetings in my home.  However, I am prone to boredom, as we have already established, so I like to change up how I display them each year.  Here are some easy and creative ideas for Christmas card displays to keep it fresh.


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Breakfast Casserole for Christmas Morning

After the gifts are opened and everyone is happy, the wrapping paper is cleaned up and the coffee is made, who really wants to jump right up and make a big family breakfast?  I don’t.  That’s why, every year, I make a breakfast casserole. (See last year’s here)  It can be made in advance and reheated.  It makes for a very relaxing Christmas morning.

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Home Tour Part 2 and a Festive Mantle

Here is the other half of my home tour.  Just a couple other tidbits, like our tree!  And our favorite place in the house, our keeping room.  (You can see the makeover of that here.)  I decorated our mantle on the cheap and it is just so much fun!


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My Holiday Home Tour 2014 – Part 1

I know you all have been waiting for this…. I have too.  I finally feel like I have finished decorating for the holidays.  It took long enough.  I changed it up a bit this year.  My usual colors were red and green.  This year I went white and silver.  Dreaming of a white Christmas, anyone?



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The Prettiest Home on the Tour

Remember that Holiday Home Tour I shared on Monday?  And I said that there was one house in particular that deserved it’s own post?  Well, here it is!  The prettiest home on the tour.  There’s a reason that line is so long!

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Holiday Historic Home Tour

I had the privilege of going on a Historic Home Tour this weekend with my wonderful friend Laura.  She was so kind to invite me to go!  And of course I was super excited!  This tour did not disappoint.  It was full of beautifully decorated homes lovingly restored to their time period, yet made to accommodate all the modern conveniences of the current time.  What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

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Christmas Decorating Without Breaking The Bank

Who doesn’t love decorating for Christmas?  It is one of my most favorite things to do.  Transforming my home into an inviting winter wonderland brings me joy.  Seeing many of the items that hold special memories, but are packed away for most of the year, stirs up so many wonderful emotions.  However, I am prone to boredom.  Seriously.  I can’t use the same stuff year, after year, after year….. after year.  Buying new items every year can get pricey.  So here are some tips for changing it up and doing your Christmas decorating without breaking the bank.


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Homemade Peppermint Mocha

I love Starbuck’s.  Especially this time of year when they have their Peppermint Mocha on the menu.  However, with the cost of Christmas itself, I just can’t have one of those frothy, sweet beverages whenever I wish.  So I came up with a recipe that tastes almost as good as the real thing.  A homemade peppermint mocha is just the ticket to help me spread the holiday cheer!

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Advent Calendar for the True Meaning of Christmas

We have always had an advent calendar.  And it is your standard fare.  I ordered it from Pottery Barn Kids and it is very similar to this one.

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But as I prepared to set it up, I decided that we needed to do something different this year.  My children have enough stuff.  Trinkets and treats galore.  They do not need any more.  Nor do they need candy.  Or school supplies.  Or any of the various items one could tuck into those tiny pockets.  What my children need is an advent calendar that would teach them the true meaning of Christmas.  Because Christmas isn’t about stuff.  It’s about love and peace and spreading joy.

So, of course, I turned to the geniuses of the blogosphere and found some amazing ideas.

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Black Friday Deals

It’s Black Friday….. the ultimate shopping day!  I hope everyone fueled up on turkey and cranberry sauce and that you all are prepared for the day ahead!  I have scoured cyberspace looking for the best deals to tackle on this day.  So here are some places, coupons and deals that I have found to help you out.  Happy Shopping!

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