We’re only a handful of days away from one of the biggest holidays of the year. Everything is so festive and exciting except for the one thing that most people procrastinate until the last minute, wrapping the gifts. Instead of opting for the boring red and green paper, get adventurous because wrapping doesn’t have to be tedious. It can be fun, just try this.
Black and White Christmas. Go for black wrapping paper with white lettering. White chalk markers can accomplish the written portion and you can send little notes to your loved ones this way from Santa or their favorite parents. It’s still festive and yet extremely chic. If you want to get really fancy, then a bit of red ribbon can be tied around the package or made into clever bows to complement a hand drawn picture, such as a bowtie on Santa.
Peace Be with Hue. For the tiny tots in the home, cover the package in blank white paper. Then attach a small package of crayons or markers for a “Color Me” themed gift. Kids will think Santa is too cool for this yule as they enjoy decorating their own Christmas present. It may slow them down long enough for a quick photo opportunity, but then again, maybe not.
Winter Wonderland. Cover the package in white paper. Tie it with a brown string in any fashion you please. Gather pine sprigs, pinecones, winter berries, and olive branches from your backyard or local park. Please be considerate of the wildlife and pick up things only from the ground and not off the trees. Stick a sprig of greenery in each of your package’s string. You have a modern and yet alluring winter package.
Pretty Paper. Deck your box in whatever paper of your choice. It can be white, black, brown or store bought shimmer and shine papers. Then print off pictures from Instagram and use them as precious gift tags. They can be of the person the gifts are for or a neat black and white winter scene with a name written underneath. It’s a unique way to personalize a gift and give it a little something magical as they unwrap.
That wasn’t that bad, was it? The good news is you only have to wrap this many presents once a year.
The holidays are here and now you have to drag down all your decorations from the attic. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have less décor with just as much holiday flare? It is possible. Before you go out and buy a whole new collection of ornaments for each holiday motif, take a look at these clever creations that may save you space and money.
Reversible holiday blocks are a precious way to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Thanksgiving.” One side has winter season and one side has fall. You just flip them around when one is over. You can get them custom made on Etsy.
Show a little spirit in your entryway or on your front door with a cute sign with stacked pumpkins on one side. When snow comes to town flip over for a pleasantly plump snowman.
Celebrate the upcoming events with a chalkboard countdown with Halloween or Thanksgiving on one side. On the other displays you favorite Christmas or Hanukkah countdown. It’s a fun way to keep your kids excited and engaged with holiday plans. They can even change the number themselves.
A cool way to yule is to have wooden pumpkin cutouts painted then reversed to show festive tree ornaments. These wood discs a person could easily paint themselves with little time and effort to make a big statement piece.
Spruce up each season with these HOME letters that require a different shaped holiday symbol as the ‘O’ for every national celebration. There is a heart for Valentines, a maple leaf for autumn, a Frankenstein monster for Halloween, a bunny for Easter, and several others to choose from. You can keep this decoration up all year round. Everyone will compliment your highly functional piece and how quaint it is.
You won’t have to completely change your entire house around each passing season and fool everyone with your clever tricks.
We have all done it. We confuse the many American holidays celebrating our country’s great people. It’s easy to do. This week we are going to set the record straight so we will never embarrass ourselves again.
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a day to remember those who have fallen for our country. It’s a day to pay tribute to those who have died serving in the military. This day was chosen after the Civil War and first known as Decoration Day to decorate the graves of servicemen because it was thought that all the flowers would be in full bloom for the season. On this day the flag is quickly raised to the top of the staff where it is lowered slowly to half-staff to honor the one million who have died in service. There the flag stays until noon when it is raised to honor the living. Years later, in 1971, it was officially declared a national holiday called Memorial Day.
Labor Day is over 100 years old and is the first Monday in September. This day was created after cries from the American Labor Movement called for recognition. The first parade was held in New York City to promote Labor Unions. It is now a time to celebrate the contribution of the American worker to the prosperity and well being of the country. It is dedicated to the economic achievements of the people.
Veteran’s Day is on November 11th and is a day to honor all military personnel who has served. This day was originally called Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918. In 1954, after several wars the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans who have served in any war.
Happy Holidays everyone. Enjoy your three-day weekends knowing what they stand for.