Friday, December 17, 2010
Last week was taken up with digging out my Mrs. Claus costume for my appearance with my hubby at the 45th Annual Xmas Celebrations at Channel Islands Harbor, where we have our boat. This year we had a tent, so I bought some decorations for it, so it wouldn't be so stark - at the Dollar Tree! and 2 elf hats, so we could put them on the kids when they had their pix taken with Santa. (Oh, & I had a few auditions, too - that can take up a day...)
We always have such a good time with the kids - Hubby is a wonderful Santa! (And we make some extra holiday $, too!)
Then some friends of ours came up to see the Boat Parade. It was so mild that we were quite comfortable all sitting on the deck of the boat to see the lighted boats as they came by. That's my idea of gratis holiday celebration. They kids played in a pile of "snow" from a local ice-making plant - & had free pix taken with Santa! And we adults had the boat parade. All very festive!
Hubby used some of the cards I had on hand to send to his family - & I have been sending ecards - Altho I have to admit that I do like real paper cards to put around the house.
We have so MUCH Xmas music we have collected over the years! At least a dozen CDs! And there are lots of FREE Xmas music downloads - Check out www.freestufftimes.com for the addresses...
I don't know how much wrapping paper I have, so I have been collecting colorful pages from the newspaper and magazines and ads to spiff up my packages. Reused my padded bags for sending Xmas presents (I save them over the year - as NEW ones are expensive...& bags can really re-used several times.)
Put a scent card into an Xmas card because it was pretty & just festive. I save the scent strips & usually make potpourri out of them by cutting them in strips and putting in a small basket...
Saw a pattern for making bows out of magazine strips - was it at marthastewart.com? They have great diy ideas there. Also recycle the paper, etc. from presents we get, as we open them!
Did you know that you can IRON paper & ribbon & tissue paper? Just put it on a very LOW setting & iron soem of the creases out & refresh the drimmings.
In the last minute we have also been hired to make an appearance as Santa & Mrs. Claus at the holiday party at the clinic of hubby's company - For years I did Xmas music & had a caroling quarter & have made $ doing that at Xmas - We entertained at a party last year....As usual performing is never the problem - it's finding the gigs!
Have to motivate myself to make some kniffty knitter HATS for presents - It was too warm - but has gotten chilly again - so....
Are you all having a great time yet?