It’s time to bore you with a bit more about myself as I properly thank a couple of bloggers who nominated me for awards. It still amazes me the love I feel from each of you, when I have never met you in person. I really appreciate the gesture and thought you put into your own award acceptances and enjoy learning a bit more about you. But before I write my acceptances of my awards, I’d like to share with you an amazing gift I received.
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I haven’t shared a book review with you in some time. Part of the reason is that I was so busy this summer I didn’t read much. The other part was that I hadn’t read anything I wanted to shout from the rooftops about and tell everyone what a fantastic book it was. Today, I have two books for you that, yes, I would shout from the rooftop, if I could get up there.
Now that we here in the US have celebrated Thanksgiving we are officially in the season of mad shopping. If you do not live in the US, I need to share with you that our retailers took Black Friday to an extreme this year. Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving) many retailers held pre-Black Friday sales followed by sales on Thanksgiving! The reasoning was this would prevent the huge crowds on just one day. I see this as being even more greedy than in earlier years, another way to grab an extra dollar, but that’s just my opinion.
If you are like me you are trying to avoid shopping and working hard to eliminate products manufactured in less than humane ways in distant countries.With 23 more days until Christmas there is still time to make a few gifts. So today I am going to share gifts from as many different mediums as I can.
As I write this many people around the country are preparing to leave home in search of Black Friday deals. It amazes me to see the lines of people sleeping outside stores to get that perfect gift at a price a bit closer to their budget. Instead of heading out to do some shopping I am preparing to get some sleep. Once we are all up and moving about, none of us are morning people, we will be staying inside. There is a dress my daughter-in-law has asked me to convert to a skirt and two pairs of curtains to be hemmed. We don’t have many plans for the day, opting to be spontaneous.
We did go out on Wednesday to visit a Christmas store that was a place I took my boys each year. I rarely go any more, but my sons are carrying on the tradition with their children. This is where I get my Christmas fix, the displays are beautiful, and I am perfectly content to visit these displays while bringing nothing home. So for everyone who doesn’t have a Christmas store to visit I hope you enjoy the pictures from my trip this week.
I have to apologize for the quality of a few of the pictures, my son believed I could get a good shot while he was pushing me.
I am writing this from my son’s couch while everyone else is fast asleep. It’s been a fantastic day where I spent plenty of time playing with my granddaughter, what a sense of humor she has. After the little one headed to bed my daughter-in-law and I played four games of scrabble. She and I both miss having a person around to play word games with. My son wasn’t left out, he got to rub it in that finally in the last two weeks he’s beating me in fantasy football.
Today’s Change the World Wednesday is directly related to the following picture.
Celebrating the countdown to Christmas was always more fun for me than Christmas day. Since I hosted Christmas dinner I only had a few minutes to sit with my boys and their gifts before heading to the kitchen to keep the food on schedule. I had days when I wished I had never celebrated Christmas in the “traditional” way and instead focused more on Advent with a simple dinner on Christmas with family, but without gifts. think of how relaxing the day could be and yes frugal.
I found quite a few ideas for inexpensive Advent Calendars and have included my favorites today, there is something here for everyone from those experienced in sewing, crafting or crochet, to those a bit timid of taking on an art project.
Bunting has come back in style so why not make a simple Advent bunting you can use year after year?
While you could buy a ready-made calendar why not make your own? You can easily change them to fit your family’s needs as the years pass, or you could make something timeless with a piece of wood and some painted clothespins.
Not a crafty? That’s okay, I spotted this idea which while meant for Valentines Day would work for any holiday, Simply add a new heart to the door each morning. If you are giving experiences this would be a great way to announce them rather than making a calendar. Have a little gift, hang it from the door knob that morning.
This may sound like a strange thing to admit, but the little gifts I hid for my boys during Advent were more special than the gifts under the tree or in the stocking. I hid little notes or something small for each boy. Even adding them up over the entire 25 days, I rarely spent more than $10 per child and some years nothing at all.
Think back to Christmas mornings of past when you find yourself with wrapping paper and boxes all over. There are calls for batteries, and scissors to remove toys from the packaging, and don’t forget assembly of toys. Yet, before long the toys are tossed under the tree and as you are cleaning up the mess you hear “what’s for breakfast” Wouldn’t you enjoy a simple gift, or note written just for you stretched out for nearly a month than a bunch of packages all on one morning?
I can’t believe November is nearing an end already. Next week we in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I have purchased my bus tickets and will be visiting my youngest son for most of the week. For now I am busy putting my house in order as there is nothing better than coming home to the serenity of a clean home, or nothing worse than walking back into a home that needs straightening.
As I will be leaving on Tuesday my posts next week will be cut back. I will travel with my computer to be able to keep in touch and respond to comments. You can expect to have my regular Monday Frugal Christmas post, a Change the World Wednesday post of another piece of good news but Friday will be a bit different. I won’t be posting a typical Friday Faves, but something I hope you will enjoy just as much to welcome the holiday season.
It’s time to share with you my favorite posts of the week, you will find some real surprises this week, hope you enjoy them.
I look forward to Wednesday’s and finding Small Footprints challenges in my inbox. So today it was with sadness that I read Small Footprints will be taking a break until January 20th. I will miss both you and your challenges. In reading through the current post I found Small’s final thoughts on last week’s challenge and had a brainstorm.