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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 8

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

This tradition I don’t let my family participate in.  Every year I stay up super late the couple of days before Christmas and wrap presents.


I always think I will start early, and I always think I have plenty of time.

Of course I don’t!

So I stay up late, while everyone is asleep and wrap their presents.  At least I know I am not alone.  Mom’s across the world are doing the same thing.

I was able to squeeze in making these gift tags for the boys.  I didn’t want to write on their gifts from Santa, I don’t want them to eventually recognize my writing.


If you want to download a blank set of these gift tags you can do so here.


Happy Wrapping


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What are your Christmas Traditions?

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Free Halloween Candy Envelope Printable

Ian’s school is having a Halloween party this week.  They are going to do a little trick-or-treat event, so us parents are charged with bringing treats in from our student.

Of course, I couldn’t just bring in some candy.


I made these cute little candy envelopes.  They fit one Fun Size pack of M&M’s, or similar candy.


These are perfect for giving to friends or neighbors.

If you would like to download this printable, you can here.


To assemble: cut out each envelope.  Fold along lines, four sections.

Have child write their name, or other sentiment in the white space on the back.

Tape the candy inside, use a dollop of glue under the pumpkin/skull to secure.

Happy Halloween


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Halloween Popcorn Box printable

Ian is in preschool now.  I know I can’t believe it either.

His school is having little Halloween parties on two days.  That way everyone gets to participate, since it is preschool, not everyone goes everyday.  The day that he gets to attend, Wed., is my day off!  That means I get to go too!  Whoo Hoo!

The great thing about him going to preschool at a private school with about twenty students is that I can make treats for the kids!

While browsing the blog Ginger Snap Crafts, I came across a guest post by I Dig Pinterest.  It was a recipe for Gooey Caramel Apple Monstercorn.

Image from ‘I Dig Pinterest’

Doesn’t that look fantastic?!

Christine (I Dig Pinterest) made caramel popcorn and then poured melted Caramel Apple Taffy over it and accented with candy eyes.  (For her recipe click on the picture above)

I just knew this would be the treat I wanted make for the kids at school.  I thought about just putting some in little plastic bags, but realized that is a bit too simple for me.

So I designed these popcorn boxes.


I used the graphic from a couple of Halloween kits from Just So Scrappy.


You can download this printable here.

The PDF file has two pages to print on cardstock or other heavy-duty paper.  Each page is for two sides of the popcorn box.  Simple cut each out and glue/tape them together then secure the bottom (download includes instructions).


Happy Crafting


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