2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop!

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

I was lucky enough to be paired up with the lovely Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty.  If you like DIY and crafty stuff you have got to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for some great ideas!  We are long distance mailing between countries but I will be posting my ornament when I get it.

 

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · The Kolb Corner

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament

Materials Needed:

  • Clear fillable ornament (I got mine from Micheals)
  • Ribbon in your favourite colour, possibly two colours
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Use of your oven, knife and a baking sheet
  • Glue gun and extra sticks
  • Extra charms if desired

How to make:

Part One:  Dry the Fruit

  • First slice your fruits into thick slices.  I did lemons, mandarin oranges, and limes.
  • Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.
  • Assemble your cut fruit on a baking sheet and bake for two hours, turn over, then back in for another three hours.
  • I found it still needed to dry for a few days on my stove to be completely dry.  I did not want them moist at all and attracting fruit flies or smelling, that would not go on a tree well.

Part Two: Assemble the Holiday Ornament

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

  • I filled the ornament with the citrus fruit.
  • Inserted a cinnamon stick.  I was lucky that the sticks were short enough to fit inside the ornament without needing a trim.
  • Take some pretty ribbon to use to hang the ornament.
  • I made three different versions of the ornaments.
  • One version was plain with just a pretty ribbon.  The second one I used patterned ribbon to glue around the ornament.  For a different third option I tied a ribbon around the cinnamon stick before inserting it inside.

 Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop


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Family Movie Night

We started this new tradition of a Family Movie Night every week.  My son is almost two and my daughter three-and-a-half.  It is so much fun, we all snuggle up on the couch, put our phones away and watch a new movie together.

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Sometimes we put a little table in the living room and order in pizza or take-out food and enjoy dinner and a movie.  But more often (and to save my living room floor) we eat at the table then have a snack during movie time.

What makes a family movie night awesome?

Tasty Caramel & White Cheddar popcornThis week we had the chance to review Orville Redenbachers White Cheddar and Caramel popcorn for free from Influenster.  It was so much fun.  Neither of the kids had tried caramel popcorn before, and my son hadn’t really had much popcorn yet at all.  We all snuggled up to watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and munch on some popcorn while we watched the movie.  Although the caramel was by far my favourite, it does taste good in the same mouthful as a white cheddar, seriously, try them both in one bite, it’s tasty.   My kids polished off the whole bag with us, my son didn’t even watch the movie, just turned his chair towards the popcorn bowl to snack on it.

I forgot a lot from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer from when I was a kid, they are MEAN to him!  Even Santa.  It is sad to watch with kids and my daughter is so sensitive she notices and wants to know why everyone is so mean to Rudolph.  She found the Abominable Snowman to be a little scary though.  But we all enjoyed the movie and popcorn and snuggles.  And the kids go to bed later so anything that delays bedtime is fine by them!

 

 

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What are your favourite movies to watch during family movie night?

What movie’s to watch?

We have done all the Land Before Times, almost all Disney movies, starting Ice Age, and are now focussing on Christmas movies.  It is my favourite night of the week when I can snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie with my family.  Sometimes I can even knit if both kids are snuggling with daddy.  Maybe I will finish my daughters hat before the end of winter.

There is something about watching classic Christmas movies that you grew up with, with your own children, by the light of the tree and keeping the magic of Christmas alive.  Next up, maybe Frosty the Snowman with some eggnog!

Other snack ideas:

  • Fresh popped popcorn
  • Chips
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Warm Milk
  • Cookies
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Pretzels
  • Anything that is a special treat and fun to eat!  Bonus if it isn’t too messy so your floors don’t suffer.

What are your favourite snacks to enjoy at family movie night with your family??  Comment below and let me know!

DISCLAIMER: I received this product free to review for this blog.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Essential Oil Lover

Holiday Gift Guide for the Essential Oil Lover is perfect for many people on your shopping list.  Essential oils are amazing and have so many benefits.

 

Do you have someone in your life who is into holistic healing or a more natural approach?  Are pagan, hippy, or just like aromatherapy?  This Holiday Gift Guide for the Essential Oil Lover is for you then!  Essential oils are amazing.  They can help so much, for improving your mood, helping with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, colds, flus, and much more.  Here are some gifts the essential oil lover in your life is sure to get some use out of.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Essential Oil Lover is perfect for many people on your shopping list.  Essential oils are amazing and have so many benefits.

A Diffuser

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You can never have too many diffusers, one for every room in the house in a lot of people’s opinions!  There are a lot of different types and styles, but it’s a gift, so go nuts and have fun choosing one you think they would love.

 

Diffusing jewelry

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Beautiful bracelets with natural stones, pendants to wear as necklaces, there are lots of options to get beautiful pieces to wear on the go and still get the benefits of essential oils (or EO’s).

 

Essential Oils storage bag

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A pretty bag or case to carry all their EO’s in.  A way to keep them organized and visible.  This is my personal favourite one HERE, I like to be able to see each one so it is easy to grab and go and helps to prevent mix-ups when you have a few bottles that look alike.

 

More Essential Oils!

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Whether it is a new blend they may need, their favourite oil that you know they go through often, or a fun new one to try out, you always need more oils!

 

Tools to help them make things with their own EO’s:

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  • Empty roller bottles
  • Lip gloss containers
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Beeswax
  • Glass spray bottles
  • Carrier oils such as grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.

 

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I am not affiliated with any of these company’s, just showing examples of products I like and would recommend.  If you want ideas on brands comment below and I can tell you my favourites.

 

What would you give to an Essential Oil lover?  What is you favourite EO or the one you want to receive as a gift?

 

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Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas

Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas - As part of picture book month an easy craft for toddler or preschooler to go along with the book Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas.

I am so excited to be participating in Picture Book Month again this year.  Earlier this month I did my first book, Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck .  I signed up for my second book, Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.   It’s a fun story about a class trying to do good deeds around Christmas time.

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A big thank you to  Krystal at Healthy Happy Thrifty Family for organizing this blog hop this month in support of Children’s Literacy.  I am a big supporter of encouraging children to read and love the idea of pairing a book with the craft to further their love of it.

I love the story line of Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.  My favourite part is the kids trying to come up with ways to spread joy and thanks at this time of year.  Especially because the kids are making things themselves and coming up with their own ideas, that makes it even more special.

 

 

 

Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas Craft

I have a three and a half year old and an almost two year old,  so any craft that I do has to be easily adapted so my daughter can have fun and be challenged, but my son can participate too.  I pre-cut all the pieces before-hand so when we sit down it isn’t as hard to get them to sit still and do the craft.

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Materials Needed:

  • Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas book by Laura Murray
  • Glue
  • Construction paper in various colours.
  • Scissors, markers.
  • Pompoms and other decorations.

How-to Instructions:

  • Cut out a gingerbread man on brownish paper.
  • Grab some red paper and cut out a red hat and red scarf.
  • Next cut out white eyes, either draw on the pupils or have your older child do it.
  • Lastly cut out purple shorts.
  • Time to gather the kids together, give them some glue and let them go nuts.  My son’s parts weren’t quite in the right position, but my daughter got it spot on.  Bee, my daughter grabbed some decorations to decorate the gingerbread man afterwards.
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After the craft we grabbed the book, Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas, and read the story while playing with our new gingerbread men.

Please comment below with your favourite holiday-themed book!

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Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

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 I chose to do Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft because my daughter loves this series of books.  Besides, wands are super fun to play with so I knew this would be great.  I also have a toddler son, who likes to be included in everything.  I thought I could have him do the craft too that way both kids would have fun and do something age appropriate.

 

 

Back to Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft, this is a great craft to do with any age of kids, you can adapt it to make it age appropriate for them.  For the little ones you will do all the cutting and tracing, then have them help with the gluing part.  My daughter was able to help trace and use the pen.  For my son I had him hold the template so I could trace around it, there is always a way to adapt a craft to make it fun for all ages.

Materials Needed

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  • Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy book by Bugbird Tim
  • Construction paper and recycled cardboard.
  • Glue, scissors, marker, star template (I used a cookie cutter), paint brush, tape
  • Pom poms in Christmas colours of red, green, and white
  • 2 green pipe cleaners per wand

How to Assemble

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  • Use the cookie cutter to mark out the shape of a star on the white construction paper.  Or draw free hand if you are good at it, which I am not.  Then cut it out and glue it on your brown piece of cardboard paper.14657513_10157775739695245_5767303453574340878_n
  • Cut out the cardboard around the star leaving some extra space.
  • Glue a selection of pom poms onto the star and let dry.
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  • Grab the pipe cleaners, try to make the fun bow design on one then twine it with the other one.  Next glue it onto the back of your cardboard star, or tape it on (glue did not hold up to my toddler & preschooler waving it about!).

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My kids had a blast running around and trying to make up magic spells with their wands.  They got destroyed pretty quickly with their vigorous play but it was worth it to keep them entertained for so long. We of course pulled out our Georgie the Gingerbread Fairies book so we could play with our new wand craft as we read.

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What is your favourite Christmas Story?  Comment below and let me know!  I am looking for ideas for the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month too!

 

 

Monthly Crafting Book  Club

A monthly installment I host on my blog is called the Monthly Crafting Book Club were every month we do a craft based on a book.  If you are interested check out some of my posts below on them.  Or if you are a blogger and want to join us join the Facebook group here, totally up to you which ones you want to participate in and no pressure once you join.  We have the following books coming up:

December any winter themed book, January is Ladybug Girl series, February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

All you have to do is schedule your post to go live in the morning on the 25th of the month, and send me a picture and the URL by the 20th, that is all it takes to join us!

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Christmas themed book & craft

Check out the other awesome Christmas related book crafts below:

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If you enjoy doing fun crafts and activities to go along with kids books then check out these below.  We love to encourage children’s literacy and pairing a fun craft or two with their favourite book is a great way to encourage them to read.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

 

I am participating in a fun blog hop this month hosted by Emma Owl where each blogger chooses a Christmas-themed book.

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Wrapping Paper Book Review

 

The Gift Wrapping Book

Over 150 Ideas for All Occasions

by Caroline Birkett

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Genre – Non-Fiction
Version for Review –  PDF

I wanted to read this book as I was looking for some tips on easy ways to decorate presents to make them look pretty for people.   I enjoyed how diverse the selection of wrappings were.  There were ideas for inexpensive wrappings and expensive.

I actually went out the next day and bought some raffia to use as decoration on all my presents after reading this.

I do not think I would purchase this book.  If you are really into wrapping, or do it for a profession or more than most, then perhaps this book would be useful, but otherwise I  feel like you could get all the information on Pinterest or the net.

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Christmas Tree Handprint Craft

Are you tired of my handprint’s yet??  I made this for my mum, who LOVES Christmas, now she has a cute decoration to put on her wall of when the grandkids were small.  I thought a Christmas tree would suit her decorations best so tried making this Christmas Tree Handprint Craft with both my kids.

Christmas Tree Handprint Craft - A cute craft to decorate anyone's wall!

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint, I bought a medium size one.
  • Paint: purple, green, brown, white, red, and yellow.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes

Method:

  • I started off painting the canvas my mom’s favourite colour (purple, same as me).  I squirted some purple dots sporadically around the canvas then added a few  dots of white, mostly centered across the top so it is lighter across the top (kind of like an Ombre effect).
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Let that dry while you set up. Decide which kid (if you have multiple) is doing what part.  Put a towel on the floor and get ready for mess!
  • Take a child’s foot and paint it brown.   Put the canvas on the floor (ideally on a craft mat so your floor does not get destroyed) and place child’s heel down then lightly press down the rest of the foot.  Next do the hands, I switched kids for this one as my toddler could sit still longer for multiple handprints, I painted her hand green.   I had enough room on my canvas for two rows so I did a row of three on the bottom and two on the top, I re-painted her hand green in between.  Lightly press their hand down firmly on the canvas.  I grabbed the baby again and painted his hand yellow and placed it at the top of the tree.
  • Let it dry for a bit.
  • I drew on a red garland then used Bee’s finger to make white Christmas balls all over the tree.

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Christmas Tree Handprint Craft - A cute craft to decorate anyone's wall!

 

Gingerbread Family Footprint Craft

I was originally just planning on doing the kids footprints, then found the canvas was big enough and it was so cute I had to do a gingerbread family!  My husband was super surprised when he came downstairs and I started painting the bottom of his foot!  I love how it turned out though.

Gingerbread Family Footprints - Have everyone in the family do a footprint so you can make a great memory for the wall.

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama).
  • Paint: blue, green, brown, red, pink, black, and white (or whatever colour paint you want to do the details).
  • Piece of a sponge.
  • Paint Brushes.

Gingerbread Family Footprints

Method:

  • I started off painting the canvas.    I squirted some green dots sporadically around the canvas, more at the top and white dots at the bottom.
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas
  • Let that dry while you set up.  This paint is not washable and kids are messy so make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down for the canvas to go on top of.
  • Take their foot and  paint it brown, have them stand up (hold their foot while they stand so they don’t try to stand on it) place it on the canvas and press down gently.
  • CLEAN THAT FOOT QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!
  • Do any remaining kids/parents.
  • Wait for it to dry then add some detail, buttons, designs on the arms and legs.
  • To do the eye I flip over the paint brush and dip the end in black paint and dab it for the eye.
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Gingerbread Family Footprints - Have everyone in the family do a footprint so you can make a great memory for the wall.

Candy Cane Footprint Craft

I love candy canes and wanted to try making a candy cane footprint craft to go with the season.   I started making these to give to grandparent’s to help decorate their walls too.  This piece of creativity is going to my MIL.

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Candy Cane Footprint Craft - Seasonal handprint crafts make great gifts to decorate Grandma and Grandpa's wall, why not make them this to sweeten up their house?

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama), I bought a medium size one.
  • Paint: blue, white, red and turquoise.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge letters (again from Dollarama)

Candy Cane painting

Method:

  • I started off painting the canvas to look like the sky.  I squirted some blue dots sporadically around the canvas then added a few  dots of white, mostly centered across the top so it is lighter across the top (kind of like an Ombre effect).
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Let that dry while you set up.  Toddlers/babies are MESSY with paint no matter how careful you are, make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down.
  • Take their foot and paint it red.  You can paint the white stripes right on their foot if you want, I chose to paint it on afterwards though as mine are wiggly.  Put the canvas on the floor (ideally on a craft matt so your floor does not get destroyed) and place child’s heel down then lightly press down the rest of the foot.  Next do the hand, place it at the top of the foot on an angle (like the curved part of a candy cane).  Lightly press their hand down firmly on the canvas.
  • CLEAN THEM QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!  You may want to clean them in between switching feet/hands.
  • I have two kids, so I had each child do their own candy cane, you can do multiple children and/or a few with the same kid.
  • Let it dry for a bit.
  • If you didn’t stripe the feet and hands paint on your white stripes now and let them dry.
  • I painted on a turquoise decorative ribbon.
  • Choose what colour you want to write your letters with.  Dampen your sponge and dip in your colour, blot it on the lid/plate a few times then carefully spell out S W E E T (or whatever you want to write) one at a time repeating the previous steps with each letter.

These turned out not as pretty as I had hoped, but my MIL thought it was cute and that is what matters.

Please comment below, what is your favourite craft to make for Nanny for Christmas decorations?

Candy Cane Footprint Craft - Seasonal handprint crafts make great gifts to decorate Grandma and Grandpa's wall, why not make them this to sweeten up their house?

Yule Family Traditions

Yule is also know as the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and/or the solstice night.  Yule is celebrated around December 21st, but it changes every year based on the moon cycles.

It signals the halfway mark when the nights start to get shorter and the days start to get longer (opposite the Summer Solstice when the nights get longer and days shorter).  Although, it may feel like far away we are actually making our rotation on the wheel of the year giving us longer days and shorter nights.

At Yule we celebrate the rebirth of the sun/return of the sun so we do a lot of sun related activities,  crafts and decorations to honor the sun’s return.

Apples and oranges were given as gifts by the children to represent the sun.  We still frequently make orange pomanders to decorate trees in reminiscence of this tradition.  They were frequently decorated in cloves to provide a nice scent.

Yule Family Traditions: Ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice as a family and with young kids.

Evergreen boughs were symbolic of immortality as evergreens were so resilient.  They were used for decorations.

With the sun comes light, so we light candles, have bonfires outside (or tamer fires indoors) or with little ones, crack a whole bunch of glow sticks.

IMG_6079Trees symbolize life so you can decorate a Yule tree – hang pentacles, tools, tarot cards, stones, herb sachets, spell ornaments, crafts made from nature, dried oranges and other citrus fruits to symbolise the sun.

Make Christmas ornaments from salt dough or cinnamon dough and decorate them, use cookie cutters to cut them out then paint to decorate them.  Collect pine cones and make into Christmas ornaments, tie a ribbon on top, use glue and decorate with glitter or else use cinnamon for a nice scent.

We like to sing some pagan versions of Christmas carols.  Here is a website to try out..

critter food

Bee and  I made Reindeer and critter food this morning, we put half out this morning as an offering and the other half will go out Christmas eve for the reindeer.  I used a wee container and oats, red sugar, cranberries and almonds, all edible for the little critter’s outside.

Bee loves to do yoga with me so we did some Sun salutations to welcome the sun.  We have had a massive amount of birthdays in the past week and a half so Bee suggested we sing Happy Birthday to the sun, which was a cute idea.

gingerbread houseI wrote a post yesterday about how we exchange home-made gifts on Yule, well one year my husband was a little desperate for ideas, so bought a Gingerbread house decorating kit.  I loved it!  What a fun thing to do together.  We had a great time decorating them together and it has become a tradition in our house to decorate gingerbread houses on Yule, but he knows that is not part of his present anymore!

There are tons of fun ways you can celebrate Yule, these are just a few of the ways my family does.




Please tell me in the comments below, do you celebrate Yule?  What ways does your family celebrate the Winter Equinox or the longest night.

Yule Family Traditions: Ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice as a family and with young kids.

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