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Christmas party! – 7 days till Christmas!

First off, I’m sorry I haven’t posted for the past 2 days…..I have been running around trying to get all of this Christmas shopping done!

7 days till Christmas!

“Party time!”

It’s about time for Christmas parties….whooohoo!

Invites-

Children’s party- something like these…..

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Adult party-
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Games/ activities

Children’s party- make gingerbread houses, “pin the hat on Santa”, “pin the red nose on Rudolph”, watch an Christmas movie, make ornaments, Christmas caroling.

Adult party- socialize (for a large group), gingerbread house contest (good for family party, split into groups of 2 and see who can make he biggest and best house of gingerbread!), cooking contest (split into groups of 2 and each make a course for dinner!), etc.

Food-

Children’s party- if you are making gingerbread houses have some bowls of fruit for the kids to snack on as they sneakily eat the candy (you know they will!

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Egg nog fudge (I have a recipe post for this!)

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Strawberry Santa brownies.

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Christmas tree (made of cheese, baby tomatos, and pretzels.)

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Made of blueberries, raspberries, bacon, bananas or pineapple bites, and green waffles (use food dye)

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Christmas cane! ( made with strawberry and banana)

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Strawberry Santa! (Made wish a strawberry, frosting, cupcake, and marshmallow) That’s the end of my post! Come back tomorrow for another great Christmas idea! Happy holidays!

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Elf on the shelf! -10 days till Christmas!

Every day I will be posing something new! Ideas, recipes, and more for Christmas! This is all part of “Homehelping’s 14 days of Christmas!” Don’t forget to send me your ideas and Christmas pictures @homehelping on Twitter!

Day 5-10 days till Christmas

“Elf on the shelf”

Elf on the shelf is a Christmas tradition that happens in many families homes. There are a 1000 different various ways to do this but I will tell you the way my family does it. If your family does it different feel free to comment and tell me the way they do it!

Basically every year Santa sends down an elf to each family to make sure they are on the nice list. They watch the children to make sure they are being good (keeping the kids good during the holidays 😉 every night the elf use their ‘magic’ to fly up to the north pole and report to Santa how the children are doing. They arrive back at the family’s home just before the children wake, always hiding in a different spot. The kids must find the elf throughout the day but cannot touch him or he will lose his magic. The elf arrives 12 days before Christmas. The elf leaves when he hears the bells of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas eve.

Each year our elf arrives on our dining room table on the morning exactly 12 days before Christmas. Along with a letter written by Santa. Here is what the letter says:

Dearest children,

Each year during the holiday season I send an elf down to each family in the world. The elf’s job is to make sure all the children are on the nice list. My elves arrive exactly 12 days before Christmas and leave on the night of Christmas eve when they hear the bells of my sleigh.  My elves make sure that all of the children of the world are being nice and no children are on the naughty list. Each night my elves use their magic to fly up to north pole to report to me that all the children are being good. Theyes then fly back down to he homes of the children just before they wake the next morning. Each morning the elf will hide in a new spot in the house. It is your job to find them! Just don’t touch them or they will lose their magic! Have a Merry Christmas, and don’t forget to name your elf with a special name!

-Mr. Santa Clause

Yes, you must hide your families elf in a new spot whey morning. It can be fun! Btw, some people have naughty elves!

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10 days till Christmas! Happy holidays!

-alissa

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Christmas Decorating – 11 days until Christmas!

Everyday I will be posting another Christmas idea, recipe, decorating ideas, etc. This is all part of “Home Helping’s 14 days of Christmas”! Tweetc us @homehelping with your ideas and suggestions so they can possibly be posted on the blog!

“Home Helping’s 14 days of Christmas!”

Day 4- Christmas decorating

Here are some ideas for decorating!

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Take a small platter and put some silver bells on it. Place 3 vanilla miniature candles on it and wala!

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Santa-tizer! Get some clear, soap bottles (already filled) and place a ‘Santa looking’ cover on it. You can make it on Microsoft word and then laminate it so it doesn’t get ruined. You can also reuse them every year!

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Cute center piece for dining room table! Get a wooden box and fill with plastic pines (get these at a local craft store) get some clear glass jars and put some fake, plastic candles in the jars. Very cute!

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Great porch decoration! Find a large plant holder (you will have to plain ahead and get one in the summer.) Get some ribbon to go around it. Get some fake pines (at your craft store) and some large plastic ornaments (I got some at the dollar store!) Get some plastic colored strings and there you go! You can always vary the supplies and decorate it however you like!

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Great decoration for above the fireplace or coat rack. Just get a N, E, L letters at your craft store. Paint them whatever colors you like. Make/get a cute wreath for the ‘O’ get out a make candle and paint a plastic star and…..cute!

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Get 2 frames endpoint them antique white, then glue them together. Add a red ribbon, an ornament, and some small multicolor puff balls. I also added a red antique painted star but I found that At a booth barn.

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Get an old window pane and add lights.  I found this star at a craft store. I hang this decoration on the wall by the stairs in my house, super cute!

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I got the light compartment at the craft store. I got some cheap ornaments and filled it up. Add some ribbon and……very cute!

Happy holidays! Don’t forget to tweet me your ideas and pictures @homehelping.

Yes, I know….it says repinned on most of these pictures….the came off of pinterest ok?

-alissa

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12 day stocking games! 12 days till Christmas!

I will be posting every day until Christmas to celebrate “Home Helping’s 14 days of Christmas!” Share this on your Twitter, facebook, etc! Don’t forget to send us your ideas to be posted on the blog by tweeting them @homehelping! And send us pics of your family, Christmas tree, etc to be posted on our blog! Happy holidays!

So as soon as you read this you better get working because you need to start this activity exactly 12 days before Christmas! This is a fun activity to bring the family together during the holidays! Start by getting 12 socks/ stockings. Come up with 12 different activities that your family can do together that will be fun and enjoyable. Skip down to see the next part of this Christmas activity! There’s more! Here are some ideas:

1. Decorate your tree

2. Drive around to see the lights (if you live in Salt Lake City like us, you can go take a walk at Temple Square!)

3. Go to the festival of trees together

4. Go pick out an ornament for each family member and Hang it on the tree.

5. Go see Santa at the mall/ write Santa a letter

6. Go sledding

7. Have a movie night with treats.

8. Make dinner for a family In the neighborhood

9. Put together baskets/ make blankets and bring them to the kids at the hospital (this could take up 2 nights!)

10. Volunteer at the soup kitchen

11. Go Christmas caroling

12. Door bell ditch the neighbors (but leave treats at their door!)

Now, write Down each activity on a slip of paper and hide each one in a different stocking. Put treats in each stocking (to eat with your family while completing an activity.) If the treats are too big, put a ‘coupon’ in the stockings to get the treats. Hang the stockings in order on your stairs or fireplace. Each night for the 12 days until Christmas eve, open a stocking with your family and complete the activity! Just don’t let the kids get into them before!

Happy holidays! Make sure to send us your Christmas ideas, and Christmas pictures @homehelping on Twitter!

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Holiday Humor! – 13 days till Christmas!

Hey everyone. So everyday I will posting a new Christmas idea, decorating, recipes, and more until Christmas! This is all part of “Home Helping’s 14 days of Christmas!” Tweet us your ideas, decorating, recipes, etc. And possibly be posted on our blog! Also tweet us you’re pictures of you’re Christmas tree, family, decorations or anything holidays and each day we will pick one picture to put in our blog!

“Home Helping’s 14  days of Christmas!”

Day 2- Holiday Humor!

So for day 2 of our “14 days of Christmas!” Celebration, I will be sharing 24 christmasy, fun jokes to do with the kids!

1. What falls but never hurts itself?
Snow

2. What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Ice krispies

3. What do you get if you cross a snowman and a shark?
Frostbite!

4. What do you call a snowman in the summer?
A puddle

5. Why are Christmas trees very bad at knitting?
Cause they always drop their needles!

6. What do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
“Freeze a jolly good fellow….”

7. Knock knock
Who’s there?
Snow…
Snow who?
Snow use- I have forgotten my name again!

8. What do monkeys sing at Christmas time?
Jungle bells….jungle bells!

9.   Knock knock
Who’s there?
Mary….
Mary who?
Mary Christmas!

10.  What do you get when you cross a bell with a skunk?
Jingle smells

11. How do angles greet each other?
They say “Halo there!”

12. What kind of a ball doesn’t’ bounce?
A snowball!

13. Why does Santa need a big umbrella?
Because of all the rein-deer!

14. Why does Santa like to wear bells?
Because he love a good bell-y laugh!

15. Why does Santa have a garden?
Cause he likes to ho-ho-ho!

16. What do you get if you cross Santa and a detective?
Santa clues

17. How do snowmen travel?
By ice-icle

18. What’s and igg?
An Eskimos home without a loo (bathroom)

19. What goes oh-oh-oh?
Santa walking backwards

20. What do you gte if you eat Christmas decorations?
Tinsel-itis

21. Where do snowmen go to dance?
A snow ball!

22. How do snowmen greet each other?
“Ice to meet you!”

23. Who is the meanest reindeer?
Rude-olph

24, who hides in a bakery at Christmas?
A mince- spy

So there are 24 funny, cheesy Christmas jokes to share with your kids and family! You can use them for calendars, Christmas cards, you name it! Comment your favorite joke from this list!

Tweet me your family pictures, your Christmas tree, etc. And I will pick a picture a day to include in the post!

Come back tomarrow for another Christmas post!

-Alissa

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Egg Nog fudge; 14 Days till Christmas!

So I am going to be posting everyday for the next 14 days with all the Christmas recipes, ideas, decorations and more! If you have any awesome ideas that you want to be shared on he blog, tweet US @homehelping. And don’t forget to share “Home Helping’s 14 days of Christmas” on your facebook, Twitter, pinterest, etc. And come back every day for more holiday ideas!

Day 1- Egg Nog Fudge

This stuff is SO yummy (and easy too)! Just be careful how much you give your kiddos because Brynlee ate like 17 pieces and was throwing  up for 2 days!

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You will need:

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup salted butter
3/4 cup dairy Egg Nog
10.5 white chocolate bars chopped into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshely grated nutmeg, and a little more for the top
One 7- ounce jar of marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon of rum extract

1. Line a 8 or 9 inch square pan with foil. Let the foil hang over the sides. Butter the foil.

2. In a saucepan, combine sugar, butter and egg nog. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat or until candy reaches 234 degrees F, stirring constantly to prevent from scorching. Remove from heat.

3. Using a wooden spoon, work quickly to stir in nutmeg and white chocolate pieces until chocolate is creamy and smooth. Stir in marshmallow cream and rum extract. Beat until well blended then pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top. Let stand until cool, refrigerate for a faster cooling.

4. When cooled, cut into square pieces and store in a covered container. Enjoy!

Come back tomorrow for another Christmas idea! Don’t forget to share  “Home Helping’s 14 days of Christmas!” Follow us on Twitter @homehelping.

-Alissa

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The tooth fairy: a child’s tooth stealing, money givin friend

The other day Adyn lost one of his teeth. After he went to bed I was telling my friend some of the things our ‘tooth fairy’ does and my friend was amazed by my supposive (in her words) “WONDERFUL IDEAS!” So I guess if my ideas are so “WONDERFUL” Then I would put them on my blog.

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“Tooth fairy bag” One of the things I love doing with my kinda is making a ‘tooth fairy bag’. This is where the tooth, money and tooth fairy receipt will go. You can put your child’s name on it and decorate it however you like.

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(Photo from jadedblossom.com) “Tooth fairy certificate” It’s always fun to have a records of when it happened. You can make your own or purchase some at chasing-fireflies.com.

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“Tooth fairy pillow” I made one of these for each one of my kids. Super fun!

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There are some of my ideas! So Much easier then having to get under the pillow 😉