For our family, this weekend kicks off the holiday season. We have a full slate of festivities lined up – the Victorian Christmas at 4 Mile Historic House, a craft fair at the neighborhood church, and a winter walk through the woods with friends.
What are your plans to celebrate the start of the holidays?
Alas, I think that Griffin will be too young for an Advent calendar this year. However, I’m excited by all the wonderful ideas floating around in blog-land! I thought that I’d share three of my favorite Advent calendar ideas, in case you’re looking for inspiration.
Oh Happy Day: Basically just start scrolling. Jordan has come up with a plethora of creative and exciting ideas. My favorite is this one, which makes use of a big Christmas tree fabric photo from Ikea.
Black Eiffel: Talks about a tradition of reading one holiday book a day for Advent. Be still my beating heart! This is definitely something I want to do with Griffin next year.
The Etsy Blog: This one is not for the faint of crafty heart…stitching skills are required. But, I love the idea of a calendar that will stay with you year after year. You can fill the pockets with gifts or just with wishes for the new year.
Cheers and happy (almost) December!
(PS Image above is from the Etsy blog)
I recently wrote about my addiction to Tallgrass Spa. Quick update post – they are doing a very cool project for the holidays called Soldier Care Boxes.
The idea is to send care packages to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. You can contribute in several ways. You can spend a few minutes writing holiday messages on stacks of cards while you relax in the great room after a treatment. There is a also a discreet basket for toiletry donations up by the front desk. Tallgrass is allowing visitors to purchase Aveda products at-cost – meaning they don’t make a profit – to donate to the care boxes.
I think this project is such a great idea and I applaud Tallgrass for their efforts. What a wonderful way to give a little something to people who are giving quite a bit of service to their country. The care boxes are scheduled to be mailed on November 19…which means there’s not much time left to contribute! If you need an excuse to head out to Tallgrass this week, consider supporting the project.
(PS – Photo pulled from the press release.)
I always get a little stressed out around the holidays. November and December are my favorite months of the year, but they always seem to fly by at a breakneck pace. I’ve started to plan ahead, to make sure that I get chances to relax. (Isn’t that a weird part of modern life? That we have to schedule relaxation?) One of my big indulgences is a trip toTallgrass Spa.
Tallgrass isn’t exactly a secret – it frequently receives top reviews in local and national publications. Buried up in Evergreen, out on Upper Bear Creek Road, you would think they would get less traffic than they do, but they always seem to be busy. (Hint – if you call to schedule same-day appointments, you get a 15% discount.) Continue reading