Posts Tagged ‘Christmas in July’

CIJ: One of my Favorite Commericals

July 30, 2009

I remember this commercial from Folgers..and it is one of my most favorites partially because my dad would make coffee Christmas morning and after we opened our presents My Dads Best Friend Hunting and Fishing buddy “Grandpa” Charlie would come over and bring goodies to me and Dad and Grandpa Charlie would drink coffee and play a game of Cribbage and I would sit on Dad’s lap sneaking a sip out of his coffee.. Ahh great memories..

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CIJ: Near the End.. :-(

July 29, 2009

I had so much fun being a participant in the Christmas in July event with my fellow bloggers and friends Confettidreams and TexasBanter but the fun is not over quite yet there are still 2 days left of CIJ but still sad to see the event over.. Thanks so much too all my readers and friends that participated .. You all made CIJ a very memorable event..
and hope that you came across great ideas for when the magical day of Christmas arrives..
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CIJ: No snow = No Snowflakes.. No problem

July 27, 2009

So you live in an area where there is no snow?  No Problem bring the snow flakes in doors by making your own. With some White Construction paper , scissors and imagination voila’ instant snow flakes

a wonderful place to start  is SnowFlake Instructions this will give you the basics on how to make your very own snowflakes, Ok so you don’t feel like cutting out snowflakes or you just don’t have the time. Well several stores Like  Dollar Tree has little to huge  snowflakes that  have glitter on them  and easy to hang. Most of your craft stores  should carry them as well.. Buy several sizes and hang them from your tree, ceiling and bring the joy of snow flakes into your home.. You can even use Felt instead of construction paper this way they last longer and you can reuse them over and over each year, add some glitter or spray fake snow in can ( what you might spray your tree with)snow the only down side to snow in a can is that it is messy so it is best to do it outside..

but most of all have fun have your self a snowflake making party and Have a Happy Holiday..

MidwestMom..

CIJ: I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

July 26, 2009

It has been at least 10+ years since I have had a White snowy Christmas.And Even longer than that for Mister Electrician.Sure Christmas in a joyous time of the year but just once I would like to see snow or have it snow on Christmas.Living in Florida we knew that was quite impossible. But now that we live in Missouri we usually see snow around January or February well in my 3years of being here. Yes snow is wet and it’s cold but it is oh so pretty to see  and how the sun glistens on it or even the moon light reflection upon freshly fallen snow.When I  lived in Idaho  my Dear Dad would go outside on Christmas Eve and make “reindeer” prints in the snow and Christmas morning he would show me that yes Santa Claus did visit our house.Those were some very memorable times. I guess I’m just wishing for the snow that way I can pass on the “reindeer” prints to show my own children.The two older ones may not be convinced but I’m sure that the youngest one would believe.And I’m sure that Dad would be watching from Heaven Smiling upon us and remembering the times that he would do that for me. So MotherNature if your listening please give me a White Christmas this year. Thanks 

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CIJ: Popcorn Balls

July 25, 2009

I love to make popcorn balls, though I have not made them in quite a few years they are so fun to make and best of all eat. And you can make a variety of flavors. When I would make them with my family as a child we would make popcorn in a popcorn maker. No we did not have the luxury of microwave popcorn. The best popcorn balls are always homemade. And to add chocolate chip pieces tasted even better. If you would like to make your very own AllRecipies.com is a good place to start. Another great place is FamilyTimeAnd When your all done and they are wrapped you can even decorate the little bags..

CIJ: Reindeers for kids to make

July 23, 2009

*Materials needed*

1 ) 2 ~8×10 Sheets of Craft Foam  ~ Brown ( or any color)

2)  Package of Google eyes

3 ) Small red pompoms

4) Elmers Glue

5) Scissors

*Instructions*

* Children have an adult help you*

Take  2 pieces of the craft foam

1 for the hands and 1  for the foot

trace  hands onto craft foam and cut out ( set aside)

trace foot onto a separate piece of craft foam cut out (set aside )

Take the hands and the foot cut out and glue hands  together onto the  foot cut out  then glue the eyes into the center of the foot , add the pompom to the bottom of the foot. Lay flat to dry

When your all finished  it  will look like this.0812 020 not only do you have a unique reindeer , but a great way to see how much your child has grown over the years..

CIJ: Twas the night before Christmas

July 17, 2009

Every Christmas Eve My Dad and I would read this and I have continued reading it to my own kids..
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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CIJ: Wordless Wednesday : Christmas Past

July 14, 2009

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CIJ: Holiday Humor

July 14, 2009

Holidays can be stressful so to lighten the mood ,  Here are a few funnies to get you through you day

Okay, So What’s All This “Xmas in July” Really About, Anyway?

July 14, 2009

Some people might think that “Xmas in July” is nothing more than a sales ploy…an attempt to create more consume, consume, consume.  But we at Spend Less TV don’t look at it like that.  During the holiday season we find we’re often dashing around at the last minute frantically trying to pull something together for the inevitable friend or relative who was inadvertently left off the list, or the surprise out of town guest who shows up on gift-sharing day, or the grab-bag party that suddenly falls on your lap to host.  That’s where “Xmas in July” comes in.  Why wait for the last minute? What better time than now to snag that fabulous holiday outfit, plan for DIY projects,  get set with accessories to set a festive party table  or create a welcoming front door wreath? And planning ahead means you can take advantage of off-season reduced prices, cut down on impulse spending, and have fewer parking space confrontations on Black Friday.

To celebrate Xmas in July with MidwestMom, and hopefully spare you some last-minute frantic grief, Spend Less TV has made these festive video links available exclusively to the friends of MidwestMom…We know you’ll love not only the savings tips in these videos, but also the creative ideas and festive mood they set…we can already smell the chestnuts roasting in an open fire….

What are some frantic last minute chores you’d like to avoid this coming holiday season?

Use What You Have to Decorate for Holidays – Andie Huber, Editor, Good Housekeeping

Handmade Gifts – Kim Danger, founder of Mommersavers.com

Holiday Decorating on a Budget – Interior designer, Lisa Canning

Decorating Budget Tips – Kelly Edwards, from TV’s “Design on a Dime”

Marshmallow World – Surprise Musical Treat