Christmas is Coming...Need Gifts Fast!!!

December 20, 2013

My version of “Christmas is Coming”

Christmas is coming and I am way behind…please give me some ideas so I won’t lose my mind…if you haven’t got an idea, a smile will have to do…but regardless of the answer, God bless you! God bless you!...

So I just spent the last 45+ minutes on Pinterest.  What a cool site…I know, I’m like a year or more behind in the discovery of this fount of fun and potentially useful information.

I’m scurrying to find teacher gift ideas.  I want to do something more than a Starbucks gift card.  Although that is still a very viable option if I take into consideration my craftiness…or lack thereof.

I’ve found some pretty neat stuff. I think I might have waited a bit too long to get started.

It’s helped get my gift-giving juices flowing though. I’m remembering some past gifts that might work, and I’m going to tweak some of the things I found.

I have 5 children so there are many gifts necessary for school, church, activities, coaches, bus drivers, etc.  Not to mention the paper carrier, the kind people who pick up my trash and recycling, the mail carrier, our pastor, and our neighbors.

These need to be inexpensive yet thoughtful and creative…and I’d prefer they be something the person can use, eat, or enjoy in some way.

I found at least ten versions of gift ideas using the word Mistletoe.  They all involved fuzzy socks, nail polish, pedicure kits and foot creams.  I loved that idea!!! Next year I'm thinking that'll be the teacher gift. 

But this year I’m doing my own variation of a mason jar gift.  There were so many ideas on line!  Jars filled with cookie mix, jars filled with red candies, jars filled with Orea spread, jars filled with Chex mix, pampering in a jar, spa in a jar, and about a hundred more fun things to put in a jar!

I decided to make a variation on a snowman jar.

My kids helped me plan it.  We filled mason jars with white mini-marshmallows, tied a piece of red fabric like a scarf around the top, and glued cinnamon sticks to the sides. snowman jar

Then we wrapped 5 packets of hot cocoa with a ribbon and put both the jar and the cocoa in a pretty Christmas bag!

The hot glue gun was the only drama involved in our production.  My son and I both got burned using it.  It was sorta of bad skit – the string from the hot glue hit his hand and he threw the offending button across the room onto the sofa, glue-side down, of course.  I grabbed it – glue-side to finger, of course. Two burns for the price of one!  Three if you count the sofa!

Little girls could pour in marshmallows, tie ribbons and sign cards.

Our snowmen are going home with teachers, bus drivers, and neighbors.

For the sweet ladies in the school office – I’m going to make muffins, and drop them off early in the morning…but I think I’m going to wait until after Christmas break so it’s a surprise.  And everyone needs some cheering up when school starts again!

For the trash and recycling collectors – I’m going to put out 6 packs of drinks made to look like reindeer.  Googly eyes, red pompom noses and antlers made of brown pipe cleaners.

For the newspaper carrier – I’m going to hang an envelope with a Starbuck’s gift card.  It’s not terribly imaginative but it’s the best treat for those early morning deliveries.

For my pastor – well, he might read this blog so I’m going to keep that one a secret.

One of our favorite family traditions is cookie deliveries to the fire and police departments on Christmas Eve.  We go right from the Christmas Eve service.  The children take turns ringing the bells and handing out the cookies.  It’s our way of saying thank you and Merry Christmas. 

While I’m sharing gift ideas - one of the best gifts I’ve ever received was from an anonymous friend.

Whoever it was put a big basket on my front porch on December 1st.  It was filled with 25 little gifts with tags attached.  Each tag had something funny, encouraging, or inspirational on it.  It was a beautiful thing during a particularly difficult season. I LOVED opening a gift each day and the sentiments attached were such a blessing!

My kids and I have since done this for others and we've been even more blessed by the giving than the receiving.  We have done it anonymously as well – which made it even more fun!

I saw on Pinterest that there are many ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas.  Their 12 days were the days leading up to Christmas, but I believe it would be fun to do the actual 12 days of Christmas, which are December 25 to January 5th.  I haven’t come up with my plan yet, but I’m gonna! 

I’d like to do this one for my Momma who is adjusting to my Dad not being there.  I think it would really bless her.  In fact, I can think of many people going through challenging things who might truly be blessed by 12 little gifts.

I just love giving gifts…as you would see if you could see my bank account activity for this past month. 

I love wrapping presents…as you would see if you could step into my bedroom which is littered with wrapping paper rolls, ribbon, and all kinds of paraphernalia to decorate packages. 

And I love Christmas!  I can’t believe it’s less than a week away!  How does December fly by so fast?

I love Christmas for more than the gift giving of course.  I love it for what it truly means.

The birth of hope.  The birth of Jesus. 

Sometimes I get majorly caught up in the shopping, gifting, Hallmark movies, and Christmas specials without spending any time truly pondering the birth of Christ and what that means for us.

For me Christmas is a blessed reminder of what my God was willing to do for me.  For the plan He made at the beginning to rescue me. 

His willingness to not only die for me, but to live for me!  How beautiful!

 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and there were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them,

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…”     Luke 2:8-11

I hope your Christmas is filled with great joy!  That this season brings peace into your lives!  And that you get everything done in a surprisingly short amount of time with very little stress!!!  Now THAT would be a Merry Christmas!

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