So every year my husband and I give all of our neighbors the exact same gift...ever year...same thing...year after year...
a big old roll of wrapping paper.
Seriously. Every year.
(Except for that year when I read that book about the history of salt and gave everyone a can of Morton's Salt along with a note about why salt is the most interesting thing ever...but that is another post for another time.)
Anyways as I was saying we always give our neighbors wrapping paper for Christmas. I'm big on giving gifts that either mean something or are useful and I figure at this time of year wrapping paper definitely falls into the later category.
So one night each holiday season we pile up the wrapping paper and I start putting name tags and big bows on each roll. As soon as I get one finished my husband and the kids set off to deliver it. By the time they return I have another one ready to go. (We have it down to a science.) Then when we finish giving all the wrapping paper out we all eat something warm for dinner (usually soup) and have treats.
It's a tradition.
This year I had the opportunity to help make a small gift for all of the ladies in my church group. With a limited budget we decided to make each of them a set of 5 note cards. Some of them received Christmas note cards:
While others received more generic ones:
They were easy to make. We just bought card stock from Wal-Mart and cut it in half (hamburger way, not hot dog way) and then folded the half sheets in half to make the card.
Next I cut fabric from my scrap bin into pieces measuring 3 and 1/2 inches by 4 and 1/2 inches and tacked it onto the front of the white card stock card with a glue stick.
After that we sewed the fabric to the card with colored thread. And finally we tied them up in sets of 5 with notes and name tags on the top.
It was so easy and so affordable! We made almost 550 cards and the entire cost was less than $15.
I think I am going to make a bunch for my grandma-in-law. She just loves to send notes and cards and I think she would like something like this for Christmas as well.
Now before I sign off for the day I just have to ask:
Do any of you have a Christmas song that you just love even though it's cheesy or terrible (or both)?
For example: My family has been making fun of me like crazy this year because of my love for Jimmy Dean's version of "A Christmas Room".
I know it's beyond nerdy but I can't help it I just LOVE it.
A lot. And probably always will. In fact, I'm listening to it right now....
But, my husband has no room to talk. On of his favorite Christmas songs is Bing Crosby's version of "Christmas in Killarney". He sings it NON STOP during the holidays. (Just ask Elizabeth---it makes her want to go Mid-Evil on him. I actually think he ruined an entire Christmas day video of hers because all you can hear during the whole thing is him in the background singing..."It's Christmas in Foolawney..")
So do you have a Christmas song that you know you shouldn't love but you jut can't help yourself? If so do tell.
(Except for you Stacy...I already know all about you and Neil's Cherry Cherry Christmas...which I've already listened to, oh, about 783 times already this year. Thanks again for the CD.)