12 Days of “List-mas” Homemade Gifts

With my new job this year and our saving up for life events, finances have been more than a little tight. That Coupled with my newfound love of sewing, I decided that I was going to make some of the Christmas gifts this year. I think what ended up happening was everyone gets one store bought gift and one homemade gift, save for Mr. Logan of course, call me partial but he got more than two gifts. Here is a list of things that were made or maybe made for gifts.

  1. Sleep Pants
    • They are beyond easy to make, the worst part…well for any project is having to cut them out. Something about the finality of cutting vs the “ease” of picking stitches really messes with my head.
  2. A Bandolier – shoulder sling to hold NERF bullets
  3. A Kitchen apron
  4. A Gathering apron
    • This is a super cute apron that can be worn long, or folded and tied to hold your harvest while working in the garden
  5. Quilt
  6. Scrunchies
  7. Zipper bag
    • for makeup or dainty things you don’t want lost
  8. Candies
  9. Cork Board
    • For drawings that won’t fit on my refrigerator and can be changed out, without fear of a dog swallowing a magnet. The one I made has ribbons crisscrossing so that he can just stick the pictures under the ribbon.
  10. Pot Holders
  11. Crochet blanket
    • My mom did this one for her grand kids, I don’t want you to think I’m too handy
  12. Mittens
    • Conveniently made out of the cabbage of the sleep pants!

12 Days of “List-mas” Christmas Traditions.

A list full of things we do and do not do, regardless they are traditions some where!

  1. Christmas Star/ Angel
    1. We top our tree with both a star and an angel: John Wayne. My very first Christmas by myself, I had accidentally bought a black Christmas tree (I thought it was going to be a dark green.) I decided that I was going to make my tree gorgeous, and deck it out with my favorite colors, LIME GREEN & PINK. Well with all of the preparations for that, I forgot to get something for the top. Luckily, I had bought this John Wayne ornament the year before on sale at Hallmark. I jokingly put it atop my tree and fell in love. Mind you that was like a 3 foot tree and I now have a 7 foot tree, and it looks WAY more silly atop, but I can’t bring myself to get something different, much to my 6 year olds dismay.
  2. Honoring someone with the privilege of topping the tree with the …topper?
    1. We don’t do this in my house for 2 reasons.
      1. I did not do this growing up so I do not see the advantages to doing it. My dad always did it because he was taller than all of us, him being 6’4 and all of us 5’ and below.
      2. We don’t have a socially traditional topper, it takes much “finesse” to get ol’ Mr. Wayne to stay.
  3. Popcorn Garland
    1. Once again, something we do not do. Though I would love to try to do it once, just for fun, but I fear it will eat up all my patience and we are tempting the dogs too much as it is. I fear that putting food on the tree will send them over the edge, and no one likes a bad boi.
  4. Christmas Cards
    1. While every year I intend to send them out, I never do, but I do put the ones (and that is only plural, to make me sound fancy,) I receive on my piano or hutch for everyone to see. One day I shall send them out!
  5. Santa Claus
    1. We DO celebrate.. is that the right word..? Practice..? Any who we do have Santa in our house, and he has his very own wrapping paper with his face on it, so that everyone knows which presents are from Ol’ Mr. Claus.
  6. Christmas Lights
    1. Ahhh, my favorite part of the Holiday season! Every year I go and get my grandma, and we go and look at the Lights in town and listen to Christmas music. I love that special day so much, that as I drive through town all month and plot the places I will take her.
  7. Stockings
    1. I have talked about stockings before, so I will keep this one short. I like stockings and will always have them filled, but I do not agree with expensive stuffers, and so I try to keep them full of school supplies and homemade goodies.
  8. “Christmas is Coming and the Goose is getting fat!”
    1. Ask my parents, from a very early age, that was my most favorite song. I especially loved to sing it on long car rides! I’m unsure as to where it really came from, me learning it that is, but I am assuming that it came from my Papa Vancel. For your enjoyment I shall give you the lyrics: Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat! Please put a penny in the old mans hat. If you haven’t got a penny then a HAY(hey..?) penny will do. If you haven’t got a hay(hey..?) penny, then god bless you, god bless you.
  9. Before we eat every year we have to sing the Johnny Appleseed song.
    1. I’m sure it is called something else, but this is what we call it. I guess you could say we use it like a blessing. Once again, for your pleasure, here are the lyrics: OOOOOOOOOOOOH, the lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun, the rain, and the Appleseed. The Lord is good to me. Amen.
  10. Elf on the Shelf
    1. While I look at them every year in the store and push them around in my buggy, I have yet to get one. I’m afraid; at 6 we have missed the bus on this one. I may have been able to get away with it this year, but doubt I would have gotten my money’s worth out if it next year.
  11. Advent Calendar
    1. I did not have one growing up, but I see them all the time and think they are the cutest thing in the whole world. I finally broke down and got one… I got a string with mittens on it, and numbers on the mittens, 1-25. I put a candy cane in the 1 and he moves it along each morning, that way he knows how many more days until Christmas. Guys, I have never spent a better $10 in my life. I no longer have to answer the never ending “how many more days until Christmas,” question and my life is better for it! If you have smallish children I HIGHLY recommend this becoming a tradition in your household!!!
  12. Going to Grandma’s House
    1. Every year I spend Christmas day, or as much of it as I can, at my grandma’s house. We get there before the sun comes up, in our pajamas and fill her house with dogs and love.

12 Days of “List-mas” – Stocking Stuffers

This List is not only for this site, but also to help jump start some ideas for home. I have decided this year to do snacks and treats in the stockings, but that still leaves a question of which snack will make the big red socks. While I love the idea of stockings, I think they are cute and want to make sure I fill them every year, I do not agree with them being filled with expensive things.

My grandma said that in hers a child she always had fruit, an apple, and orange I believe. I know for a fact that Mr. Logan would be UPSET if he received fruit in his stocking. So, that’s where my idea for homemade snacks came in. Who would be upset with chocolate shaped as a wreath!?

  1. Popcorn
  2. Hot Chocolate
  3. Rice Krispy Treats
  4. Hay stacks
  5. Chocolate dipped pretzels
  6. Candy Cane
  7. Molded Chocolate
  8. Puppy Chow… I guess we could call it Reindeer chow, but I feel like that is something too.
  9. Kisses melted on pretzels
  10. Trail mix
  11. Juice Box
  12. Pocky

12 Days of “List-mas” – Useless Facts

While no fact is useless, here are 12 facts that you more than likely won’t need.

  1. Giraffes don’t have vocal chords
  2. A group of cats is called a clowder
  3. A fly’s buzz will always be in the key of “F”
  4. There are 293 ways to make a dollar
  5. There are more cows in Oklahoma than people(1:12)
  6. The plastic at the end of your shoelace is called an aglet
  7. The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters, that’s why Hawaiian words are so long
  8. Birds don’t/can’t pee
  9. The keyboard was made for left handed people
  10. The drawer under your range(stove/oven) is for proofing bread
  11. Your skin is waterproof
  12. Wedding dresses were not traditionally white until after 1840

Oh Henry!

The summer is not a good time of the year for my family. My husband and I do NOT do well in heat, and living in Oklahoma, we have plenty of it. Apart from us just not liking the heat, we have our little shiba inu Stella, whose little body is not built for the Oklahoma summers. It is not just the heat, but the poor thing has MAD allergies. Her allergies get so bad that she chews and chews at her skin until she bleeds. I don’t know if you know anything about shiba inus, but they are not a quitting breed, just because she is bleeding does not mean that she stops scratching and biting. Because of all of the problems that summer brings to Stella, we are frequent flyers at the vet, trying to find SOME WAY to stop this snowy puppy from looking like a used tampon.

While at one of our many vet visits one of the ladies casually mentioned that they have a male corgi that will be up for adoption soon. My husband and I have been talking since we got Stella that we would get a male dog to breed her with, but our hopes had started to dwindle after all of the vet bills that we were accumulating, and had decided that we did not need another shiba to pay for. That didn’t stop me from still wanting another dog, and Stella really needs a playmate. Not to mention having a corgi has always been a dream of mine. So I freaked out. They brought him out to meet Stella.

When they opened, the door to let him out he did not see anyone else in the room. He bee lined right up to Stella and they immediately started playing. Ow, my heart.

He came with problems though. He had been attacked by a dog that had broken his jaw, so he was fresh out of recovery from that. The town that I live in has made it a law that any dog that is homed in town HAS to be fixed before they go to their new home. –there goes my dream of little shiba-corgi puppies. And he had a cough. They told me it would be 2 weeks before I would be able to take him home. So I waited. I waited for a month. Finally, after much stress we were able to take him home.

Henry was said to be a very alpha male dog, and to have food and toy aggression. First of all, what is toy aggression..? Second there is no way this boy has any kind of aggression in him, he submits to Stella’s every demand. She is the alpha around here, and there is no telling her otherwise. For the first week I set the food in the living room and watched them eat, dreading that I was going to have to start doing scheduled feeds. My concern, however, was unmet because they both share so well and there is always food left over in their bowls for snacks later.

My last fear about bringing home a new dog was busted today. Today Henry got his first bath, and I was absolutely dreading it. I thought for sure he was going to be the worst dog to have to bathe. Why? I have no idea, because when I got him in the tub he was having the time of his life. FINALLY, he was getting just what he wanted ALL of the attention and love to himself and did not have to share it with anyone else. When we were done, I dried him off with a towel and left the bathroom. The little guy kept trying to go back in there to get another bath!

I guess the moral of the story, if there must be one, is that scared sick dogs (and humans) should not be judged for their personality. The way we were warned about his behavior and tendencies, I almost did not get him. Thank goodness I put the warnings on the back burner, because if I hadn’t I would not have the sweet and loving puppy at my feet.

12 Days of “List-Mas” Favorite Christmas Songs

  1. Little Drummer Boy
  2. Jolly Ol Saint Nicholas
  3. Up on the Housetop
  4. Percy, the Puny Poinsettia
    1. I recently learned this one, and I am better because of it!
  5. All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
    1. Logan recently got to learn this one, because he has lost his.
  6. Wonderful Christmastime
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. I’ll be home for Christmas
  9. White Christmas
  10. Carol of the Bells
    1. Every time I hear it, it makes me all warm and tingly inside.
  11. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
    1. There is a reason Mr. Logan Knows every word
  12. Christmas Is Coming.
    1. This will always be my favorite, and I shall teach it to anyone who will listen!!

12 Days of “List-mas” Christmas Treat’s

I’m just a simple girl, slobbering over her keyboard, making a delicious list.

  1. Hot Chocolate
    1. Mmm, a classic and super easy. Just a little something to warm your soul. (for extra credit add a little peppermint schnapps).
  2. Hay Stacks
    1. They have chow mein noodles, peanut butter, peanuts, and butterscotch. I made some for “Friend Christmas” and sent them home with…Friend… and she ATE THEM all. I got to make another batch today. So it’s pretty safe to say they are DELICIOUS!
  3. Puppy Chow
    1. No one has ever been disappointed when given puppy chow. That stuff is a crowd pleaser!
  4. Popcorn Balls
    1. Listen I have never made them, but DESPRATLY want to, but every time I talk about doing it, I am talked down. Apparently they are frustrating to make.
  5. Peppermint bark
    1. But only if you make it with white chocolate.
  6. Peanut brittle
    1. To me, peanut brittle is like cauliflower, I always tell myself that I don’t like it, but can finish a whole tub of it by myself.
  7. Field Mice
    1. I don’t know what to call these, but you take maraschino cherries with stems, dip them in chocolate, and stick a kiss on the front with little halved peanuts on top for ears. They are pretty yummy and absolutely adorable.
  8. Gingerbread house
    1. I cannot believe that I almost left this off! I had to come back to edit the list to make sure it made it! what kind of Christmas is complete without A gingerbread house!?
  9. Pink Fluff
    1. I have mentioned this one on my vegetarian post too, it is just whipped cream, cherry pie filling, sweetened condensed milk and crushed pineapple. It is my 6 year olds reason to be good for the holidays.
  10. Trail Mix
    1. Honestly, I use this as a way to get rid of stuff in my cabinet.
  11. Cookies!
    1. Any kind will do.
  12. Cheese Ball
    1. After all the sweet things on the list, this one sticks out like a sore thumb, but still a staple for festive snacks!

12 Days of “List-mas” Christmas Movies

 

A list of MY favorite Christmas movies Movies that I actually watch and enjoy. Not movies that everyone says they watch but really just sleep through, or post about on Facebook. Judge me if you will, but I will forewarn you, The Christmas Story is not on here, because I hate that movie.

  1. The Princess Switch
    1. Yes it is bad, yes it is cheesy, but honestly that is what I am looking for in a Christmas movie.
  2. The Christmas Candle
  3. White Christmas
    1. this one makes the list because it is a classic. I really enjoy the movie, but honestly I am at a loss as to why it is specifically a CHRISTMAS staple. Very little of the movie has to do with Christmas
  4. A Christmas Carol
    1. The Flintstones rendition
  5. The Bishops Wife
    1. Because Carey Grant…
  6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    1. The Animated one is my favorite.
  7. A Nightmare Before Christmas
    1. I honestly watched this for the first time last year, and enjoyed the heck out of it.
  8. The Shop Around the Corner
    1. I always forget that this movie exists, and stumble upon it and fall in love with it all over. I have to say though, I have yet to watch a Jimmy Stewart movie that I did not enjoy.
  9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    1. The stop motion movie, for some reason these movies give me the creeps, but I absolutely love them!
  10. The Thin Man
    1. This movie has it all, drama, romance witty back and forth. I bout my first laptop in 2011 and the first and only laptop that it has ever had on it was a picture of William Powell, Myrna Loy and Asta. Honestly we should be surprised that I haven’t had a dog named Asta yet… maybe we should Change Stella’s name, she acts an awful amount like him…
  11. A Year without Santa Claus
    1. A favorite of my brother and I growing up.
  12. The Spirit of Christmas
    1. My all-time favorite movie, believe it or not. It is about lawyer who has to sell a “haunted” house before the new year, and when she gets there she ends up meeting the ghost and falling in love with him.

 

12 Days of “List-Mas” Doing the heart some good.

Christmas spirit is more than just buying things,  having Christmas spirit is spreading joy. A list of 12 things that don’t take much effort, but can make someone’s day.

  1. A Smile
    1. Let’s start off with something easy. It does not even have to be someone you don’t know. Give your husband, brother, sister, wife, child a smile. and not one of those creepy ones. A nice smile to jump start the day, or just to keep it going.
  2. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
    1. listen, it does not happen very often, but it REALLY brightens up my day when someone tells me to cut them in the checkout line at Walmart.
  3. Complement someone
    1. You see someone with a pretty lipstick color, tell them. Someone has a nice pair of shoes on, tell them. Someones humming was on key and lovely, tell them.
  4. Let it gooooo
    1. Someone bumps into and has a sour face on, give ’em a nice smile and KEEP GOING. Breathe, and let it go. Honestly, that might be the best gift you can give them.
  5. Tell someone you appreciate them.
    1. Thank the man who holds the door open for you, the crossing guard helping you and your kid cross the street. Thank the lady at the bank who helped you, or the person at Walmart who checked you out. Tell your spouse you appreciate them letting the dogs out or your kid for picking up the dog toys without having to be told. Tell your mailman thank you, when he delivers your mail.
  6. Make some contact.
    1. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Don’t call them to ask them to do something for you, just call them up and have a nice chat… maybe tell them you appreciate them?
    2. Nothing makes me happier than when I get an expectant phone call from one of my siblings, just to shoot the breeze.
  7. Pet a dog
    1. this one is for you. you deserve it!
  8. Have a dance party
    1. Sometimes when it is just me and Mr. Logan and he is being an especially sour apple, I will turn on some music on the TV and start dancing. Every time, he gets mad at first and says the music is too loud, but I just keep dancing and eventually he comes around and will start dancing too. It is hard to be a sour apple when Step-mom is doing the lawn mower to some Planet Booty in the middle of the living room.
  9. Share your meal
    1. your going to cook anyway, and no one can make the right portion size. Invite over your mom to share it with you. It is a win win, she gets to spend some time with you and you don’t have to eat left overs!
  10. Write a letter
    1. When I am feeling especially antsy I will write my brother a letter and send it off to him. He is stationed a couple states away from all of us and figure if I’m antsy he has got to be too. I would do this for my sister too the first couple years after I moved out, save for I would write it in a journal and then give her the journal as a Christmas gift. Besides who doesn’t love receiving mail that is not a bill?
  11. Pick up the stray dog
    1. See a stray dog on your way home, pick him up and call his owner. It is getting cold out and they don’t need to be outside for too long. Besides that their owners are probably worried about them.
  12. Pick someone up.
    1. Running some errands today? See if your mom wants to go with you. Maybe your neighbor next door would like a ride to the store too, see if they want to accompany you. Call your co-worker who lives on your way to work, see if they need a ride. You are already going to make the trip, why not car pool?