Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Best Christmas Aprons

Whether you desire a traditional apron or a fun apron, like the Ho Ho Ho Santa and Reindeer one shown here, there is a Christmas apron available for you.

Personally, I like quite a few of the Ritz Christmas aprons but I also like the brand-new Jessie Steele Mrs. Santa Claus apron.  I can see myself playing the elf with this apron on or serving cookies with the Mrs. Claus one.

How about you? Will you be wearing a Christmas apron this holiday season?

Check out my selection of the best Christmas aprons by clicking right here.

Quick Link:

Click here to order this Ritz elf apron from Amazon. It's available for adults and for children.
Or here to order the Santa Claus and Reindeer apron.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Harry Potter Polonaise Christmas Ornaments

Have you ever seen Kurt S. Adler's Harry Potter Polonaise Christmas ornaments? They are magnificent, handcrafted blown glass Christmas ornaments produced in Poland.  They were sold in the early 2000s and have become somewhat hard to find.  The recent surge of interest in Harry Potter caused by the latest movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has fueled more interest in these beautiful, collectible ornaments.

Personally, I would love to own the Harry Potter ornament shown here, which depicts the HP for Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch.

If you would like to see the complete collection, you can check out all of the Harry Potter Polonaise ornaments that I could find on my new page, by clicking right here. And by all means if I've missed any, let me know!

Merry Christmas!

Quick Link:

Kurt Adler's Harry Potter Polonaise Christmas Ornaments

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sushi Platter Ornament

An inexpensive Christmas gift for friends and family that is always appreciated is to give Christmas ornaments that you've chosen especially for them.  The Asian Fusion Sushi Platter Ornament would be the perfect gift for someone who really loves their Sushi and what a great keepsake it would make for someone you've spent time with eating or rolling Sushi. 

The asian-inspired Sushi ornament will add a touch of the exotic to their Christmas tree this holiday season.  Accented with iridescent glitter. Ornament reads, "THAT'S HOW I ROLL!" One-sided, flat back Dimensions: 3"H x 2.75"W x 0.25"D Material(s): resin/glitter Ornament comes ready-to-hang on a red ribbon.

Click to order your Asian Fusion Sushi Platter "That's How I Roll!" Christmas Ornament " from Christmas Central

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hallmark's Keepsake Berry Sweet Bear Christmas Ornament 2010

Introducing A Berry Sweet Bear Hallmark Ornament

Let me introduce you to Hallmark Keepsake's Berry Sweet Bear Christmas Ornament. This bear was created by Sue Tague and was part of Hallmark's 2010 Christmas ornament collection. This cute little guy was issued in two colors known as "Chocolate" and "Vanilla."

The Chocolate Berry Sweet Bear was a contest prize during the 2010 ornament launch. Apparently, every store received one of the brown-colored bears to give away as a prize. That makes this bear a hard-to-find and sought after collector's item with only approximately 3,500 of them having been produced and put into circulation.

Hallmark calls The Vanilla Berry Sweet Bear (not shown here) a 'repaint' or 'colorway' of the first, the Chocolate bear. It was also be a contest prize and was given away in limited numbers during the Hallmark Artists On Tour signing events that year. The signing events took place in a number of U.S. locations over a period of approximately two months.

Merry Christmas!

Quick Links:

Buy your Hallmark Keepsake Berry Sweet Bear ornament on eBay.
Hallmark's The Christmas Box Movie Review (Richard Thomas)
Hallmark's November Christmas Movie Review

Please note this article was written and originally appeared on another website in 2010.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Family Holiday Recipe Binders

One of the best ways to collect and keep your favorite  Holiday recipes is by using a  family Holiday recipe binder.

 Using a binder instead of a book allows you to organize your recipes any way you choose.  Instead of the traditional, main course, side dish, dessert pattern, you can sort your recipes by way of the person who handed them down to you such as; Grandma Margie's Recipes, Aunt Betty's Holiday Dessert Recipes, or Dad's favorite Holiday grill recipes.

 Of course you can use any binder to save yor recipes but to create something super special I suggest you purchase a custom personalized family recipe binder.

A personalized recipe binder full of your family's traditional favorites will quickly become an heirloom that everyone will treasure. 

Create one for each member of the family.  A binder full of your best Holiday recipes makes the perfect gift!

You'll find hundreds of truly affordable family Holiday recipe binders that you can easily personalize HERE.

Until next time,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Unique Christmas Postage Stamps

There's no need to depend on the post office to come up with a Christmas postage stamp design that you like.  You can choose from thousands of unique Christmas Postage Stamps at Zazzle.  Zazzle is an online print-on-demand shop where artists from all over the world share their beautiful designs and artwork.  Their unique postage stamps come on a sheet of 20 and are available in 3 sizes and in many different denominations.  Sending a lot of cards this year?  No problem.  You'll get a discount for ordering in bulk!

You can even create a unique Chirstmas postage stamp of your own using a favorite photo, or phrase.

Get ready for the Christmas card sending rush by choosing and ordering your Holiday postage stamps now.   Come December, you'll be glad you did!

Search for your favorite unique Christmas Postage Stamps HERE.

Until next time,

P.S. This Holiday stamp is my personal favorite!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Christmas To Do List: Start Planning For Christmas In July

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Want to get started on your Christmas preparations right now? Here is a simple Christmas to do list featuring ideas from the book Simplify the Holidays, all of which are tasks that can be tackled right now, in July: 
  • Make sure your card list and the addresses on it are up to date. If you don't already have a card list, now's the time to make one!
  • Start thinking about Christmas gifts by looking in stores, mail order catalogs and/or online.  I like shopping on because of their competitive prices and because they offer FREE shipping with orders of $25 or more. I find reaching that threshold is no problem when I am shopping for Christmas.
  • Buy party goods, napkins and other disposables in advance from party suppliers and online merchants like Amazon. My family prefers cloth napkins because they are environmentally friendly and more economical in the long run. Now is a good time to buy reusable Christmas products, too and buying them in the summer might mean you snag a better deal on eBay.
  • Take out your Christmas decorations and ornaments, sort them and give away any that you do not use. For my family, this last task constitutes the hardest real WORK on this page.

Of course, all of these tasks can be done at anytime of the year but doing them now, before the holiday season approaches, really does make a lot of sense. 

Simplify the Holidays is the book that I use each year for ideas, tips and tricks for advance planning for Christmas but I would LOVE to add the Christmas  binder shown here to my collection of Christmas books. It is a perfect tool for organizing your own notes and plans for the holidays.  Just add tabs and use it to store your Christmas card list, gift lists, recipes, menu plans, party plans and so on. Your notes will always be together and always be easy to find.

Here’s to an organized Christmas!

Quick Links:

Order your Christmas planner binder here.
Order your copy of Simplify the Holidays.
Go shopping now on Amazon.

Simplify Christmas With A Christmas Plan

One of the easiest ways to simplify Christmas has to be to start right now and to organize, organize, organize.  It is NEVER too early.  If you take a just a little bit of time right now to start planning for the holidays, you will reduce the stress and enjoy a wonderfully smooth and relaxed holiday season.

What you need is a plan and there are a number of ways to find a plan. For years, I have prepared for the holidays armed with a Christmas planner and I have found a couple of excellent planners for you that will not break your budget. As a matter of fact, it is hard to believe how inexpensive they are.

The first one is a ring-bound book called Simplify Your Holidays: A Christmas Planner to Use Year after Year by Marcia Ramsland. It is a 2008 book that has been reduced by more than 60 percent on Amazon meaning that you can buy it and use it to organize yourself for less than $10.  That's pretty impressive and the contents of this book sound impressive, too.  It is packed with information to help you with all of your holiday planning including gift buying, wrapping and mailing; organizing your Christmas cards; planning your home decorations; and preparing for holiday baking and meals. It promises to break the tasks down into pieces so you can work at them over time.

The book that I own is a slightly older one from Reader's Digest that was written by Allana Baroni and Voclo Webster. The tagline on this book is "How To Enjoy the Season Without Stress." It is a book from the Simpler Life series and promises to help with the same areas as the first book. It is packed with text including tips, hints and lists.  However, Simplify the Holidays is even less expensive than the first book and retails from Amazon sellers for as little as $2 plus shipping.

Of course you are bound to find lots of tips and tricks for organizing for Christmas as we build this blog so be sure to bookmark it and come back again and again. However, if you want to get started organizing for Christmas 2010 now, you might want to consider order one of these Christmas planners that you will have and use forever.

Here's to a joyful and stress-free Christmas!

 Quick Links:

Buy Simplify Your Holidays: A Christmas Planner to Use Year after Year.
Buy  Simplify the Holidays from Amazon.
See Amazon's complete line of Christmas planners.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Christmas Every Day!

We love Christmas so much, we think it should be Christmas every day!

If you love Christmas as much as we do, check back here often to find something fun, something unique, something magical that makes you feel like it really is Christmas every day!

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