Getting Ready for Christmas

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in chalk paint, Christmas, crafts, Uncategorized, yard sale | 18 comments

I LOVE November.

Two of my favorite things happen in November.

My family celebrates Thanksgiving together at our house.  And, I start getting ready for Christmas.  The only rule for me is that not one single, solitary stitch of Christmas decoration can go up until after the Thanksgiving meal.

On occasion, I have started the evening of Thanksgiving day.  If I am not in a food induced sleep coma!

I just love Thanksgiving too much.  I can’t cloudy up the beautiful harvest decor with Christmas trees and lights.

Don’t get me wrong.  I do LOVE Christmas, and CAN”T WAIT to decorate the house all up for the season.

This blog will be FULL of pictures of my house all gussied up for the holidays.

So, my plan for November is to get all of the details of Christmas taken care of.

Here is my list of “Things to Do in November” to make December more enjoyable.

1. Finish ALL Christmas shopping! I make a detailed list of EVERYONE that I plan on getting a gift for.  I jot down a general budget for each gift, and start the shopping!  I keep 3 bags in my closet – 1 for each of my girls.  I keep their stocking stuffers in there.

2. Plan menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning and make shopping lists.

3. Get Christmas cards ready to mail.  Those go out the first week of December.

4. Make a few new decorations for the house.

5. Get a general plan together on how I am going to decorate.  I like to have all of the decorations done in a couple of days.

6. Get ALL dates on the December calendar that I already know.

7. Set a date and plan my daughters’ annual Christmas party.

Needless to say, I am a busy bee these days!  But, I know if I waited until December, then I would be a froot loop!  The traffic gets terrible, the lines get crazy long, the calendar fills up. . .

I want December to be relaxing.  A real time for family.  A time to truly reflect on the birth of our precious Savior.

I will show you one quick thing that I made the other day.

Remember, my rules are that I can’t put any of the decorations out. . .

I can only make them!

I started with this great yard sale find.

A little Annie Sloan chalk paint in Emperor’s Silk and Old White, distressing and wax. . .

I filled it with floral foam.

I selected a few sprigs of greenery and berries from Hobby Lobby.

I filled the sleigh up with green moss.

I cut the stems into several pieces.

And, began putting them in the foam.

I cut the berries into several pieces as well.

I made a super simple bow.

I started with one piece of ribbon about 10 inches long.  I twisted it in the middle.

Then, I tied a shorter piece on top of the twist.

Using a floral pin, I secured the bow into the foam.

I added one more pick of berries. . .

Here comes Santa Clause,

Here comes Santa Clause. . .

Life to the full,


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Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer

The Tablescaper




Cowgirl Up

I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple


Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Kelly’s Corner


Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Primitive and Proper

Cozy Little House



Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

The 36th Avenue



Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

AKA Design

504 Main

Katie's Nesting Spot



My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge

Liz Marie

Twenty Eight O Five

Craftberry Bush


Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

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  1. Simple decoration, but it is just the right size to fit anywhere and will have lots of impact wherever you put it!
    Good job! LC

  2. I love the sleigh filled with greenery. I also like your tradition of no Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving. That’s the rule at our house too. One holiday at a time, please.

  3. I have the same rule. Thanksgiving must be observed first – and it is not even at my house! But there are Christmas crafts all over ready to sleigh ride over to the store. Love your sleigh!

  4. Love the sleigh…very cute! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet note!

  5. What a cute sleigh this turned out to be. You did great at transforming it!


  6. Your sleigh is gorgeous and such a fabulous tutorial for the arrangement. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  7. Thanks for sharing your beautiful sleigh on Simple & Sweet Fridays! Very cute project!


  8. This is so perfect, I just love it! Saw you link up on some link parties. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop and added it to your list Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  9. Your red sled is adorable and you have done such a nice job with your tutorial.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. You did a great job with this cute sled! I’m not very good at all at putting together florals & wreaths. I’m quite envious of those that can. :)

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