That went by in a blink.
I am hoping that you and yours are relaxing by a fire right now, sipping hot chocolate, perhaps listening to Christmas music?
If you are then good for you, but if you are like me and still struggling to get all of your decorations up (I am bowing my head in shame right now) don't feel alone. I mentioned in a recent post that I don't do much in regards to seasonal decor anymore, but I guess I sort of fibbed a little because I go all out for Christmas. Only this year, between the new shop, (which is doing very well, thank you to those who have visited and embarrassed me with compliments), all these kiddos passing their germs around and the list of holiday related family/school events, I'm lucky I'm keeping my head above water.
Some days I think I'm gonna explode, like literally, from it all. Then other days I look around and can't help but crack up a little. Because various holiday storage bins and boxes have taken too long to unpack themselves, well, our two year old decided to get resourceful. She (with help from thing 1 and thing 2) created a "fort" in our living room, which wasn't a fort at all, but rather a heap. Think of the show "Hoarders" for a moment. An opening between two rooms with the use of three chairs, becomes a pit. The contents vary from day to day, but have consisted of blankets, Christmas decor, toys and even diapers...a box of them taken out individually to create a cushy base. The kids would play so nicely together that my hubby and I let it go on for well over a week before the intervention.
Then there was the day I came home from running errands, sans kiddos, and my husband was here alone with the kids. Have you seen the movie "Mr. Mom"? An oldie but a goody right? I walked near the bathroom off the playroom and said, "What's that sound?" Of course, nobody else heard it. I opened the bathroom door to find the sink spilling over with the water on full blast. I looked down to see it seeping under the baseboard into the playroom. I thought I might cry for a second and then rushed to find every towel in the house. Afterwards Billy and I laughed...but not in that moment.
So, if this sounds familiar and you have nothing for your child's teacher this year, let me share what I am giving because I love it! I actually bought one of these for myself a couple of months ago and it's seriously so cute and uplifting. It just makes you smile when you see the pages are illustrated with various Golden Book characters in their vintage sailor suits and overalls.
When I decided this is what we would get our teachers this year, I realized that there is a Christmas version, as well, but I didn't even pick it up. It may be a good choice too. And at 9.99 (that was the price at 3 different stores) you just can't beat it.
This is a gift that Natalie wrapped for Colby. It's also a book so I thought it would make a good example of how your child could personalize this a bit. Brown paper. Stamps. Fabric or ribbon. Done. Add one of your family holiday cards. Voila. As Colby would say, "Easy peesy lemon squeezey."