If you’re anything like me, then your dog is a member of the family with his own stocking hanging by the fireplace. So when I saw this Advent calendar for dogs, I immediately loved it! Handmade with felt and filled with Mr. Linus’ homemade, all natural peanut butter bones, this Advent calendar will keep your furry friend happy all throughout December.
We’ve all seen Disco Dancing Santa, but what about a surfin’ Santa? Apparently in Varazze, Italy last week, a man dressed as Santa Claus decided to go surfing when the bad weather made for good waves. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below:
You can also see some photos of Santa catching some waves here.
Ho, ho, hang ten!
When you think of the United Service Organizations [or USO], you may immediately think of USO tours, during which the USO sends entertainers to perform for American soldiers stationed around the world—from Japan to the Persian Gulf to the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Past performers include Bob Hope, Robin Williams, Lena Horne, Johnny Unitas, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Steve Martin, the Sesame Street crew, and many more.
While the USO tours are fantastic, the USO actually does so much more. The USO has been around since 1941, and the mission of this nonprofit is to “lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.” From arranging USO tours to sending care packages to offering support with health issues to delivering prepaid international phone cards to the soldiers, the USO is succeeding in their mission.
One particular way you can help the USO brighten the troops’ spirits this Christmas is by donating so that they may send USO Holiday Boxes. Specifically for soldiers in remote locations who do not have access to traditional USO centres, these boxes contain holiday decorations, edible goodies, and more for 50 troops. The USO offers boxes for four different holidays, and the winter box includes:
- Snowflake decorations & holiday lights
- Seasonal greeting cards
- Holiday CDs & DVDs
- Popcorn, plus other holiday treats & candy
- Hand & feet warmers
- Holiday-scented air freshener
- New Year’s decorations
For more information on the holiday boxes, visit the USO website or contact a USO representative.
Printed on a 100-year-old letterpress, these amusing holiday cards are made with recycled paper and come with coordinating metallic envelopes. Set of 8.
For those of you who enjoy the scent and look of a fresh Christmas tree, but hate the hassle of hauling the tree home, have you considered having the tree delivered? No more fighting holiday traffic or worrying about the tree’s needles scratching your car—simply order the tree and have it delivered while you’re cozy at home.
Check out the companies below located around the United States and the world that will deliver Christmas trees straight to your home or business.
Green Valley Christmas Trees – Continental USA
Offering a wide variety of Christmas trees—such as Fraser fir, noble fir, balsam fir, and Nordmann fir—Green Valley delivers all across the continental United States. [Free ground shipping on all products!] Besides trees, they also sell live wreaths and garlands.
Contact Green Valley at 888.48.TREES [888.488.7337] or head over to their website for more info.
Tree Elves – Atlanta
Based in Atlanta, GA, Tree Elves will bring you a small, medium, or large Fraser fir, along with 4 King of Pops popsicles [yum!]. After the holidays, Tree Elves will pick up your tree and take it to a farm where it will be turned into compost and added to the soil to help grow fruit. For every tree purchased, Tree Elves will plant a native Georgia tree, such as red maple or eastern red cedar.
For more info, ring Tree Elves at 678.732.9321 or visit treeelves.net.
Christmas Trees Delivered – London
Selling trees for more than 30 years, London-based Christmas Trees Delivered distributes Norway spruce, noble fir, and Nordmann fir to the inner postcodes. They also offer table top trees, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, and fresh garland. For an additional £15, Christmas Trees Delivered will collect and recycle your tree.
Questions? Call 020 7529 8161 or check out their website.
Tyler’s Trees – NYC
Located in New York City, Tyler’s Trees offers Fraser firs from 5 to 9 feet. Every tree order includes delivery, installation, a tree stand, and tree skirt. For additional fees, they will even decorate your tree or come remove it after the holidays.
To learn more, call 646.543.0861 or visit tylerstrees.com.
EZ Tree – Toronto
Servicing the Greater Toronto Area, EZ Tree delivers Fraser firs from 5'-12' in either #1 grade or premium grade. Also available are protective floor mats and tree stands, as well as a tree disposal service.
Contact EZ Trees at 416.358.3923 or check out their website.
If you’re looking for a modern take on the traditional family Christmas letter, checked out this lovely “year in review” letter. The front side is customized with your family’s information, and the back side includes a family photo.
Did you know that the tradition of sending holiday cards dates back hundreds of years? To read even more interesting facts about Christmas cards, check out the infographic below, created by the folks over at Moo.
Click on the image for an even closer look!
Metallic accents are fun anytime of year, but especially during the holidays. This whimsical print is handmade using gold foil on bright white cardstock, and it will surely add a bit of merry shine to your wall.
As I’ve mentioned before, we elves love any sort of creative project—from crafts to films to technological experiments, we love it all. So, just as last year, I would like to highlight some fabulous festive projects that are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, a website whose mission is “to help bring creative projects to life.”
If you’re looking for a unique spin on Christmas cards, then consider backing the campaign for these holiday cards. Not only are the cards made of wood, but the fun designs are also laser engraved—extra spiffy!
Get your own cards by donating to this campaign, but hurry! Funding ends this Saturday, 22 November.
A young girl from Lincolnshire wishes to travel around England in order to photograph the Christmas lights in all of the major cities, and her mother is helping her run a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover transportation and printing of the photographs. The 8-year-old plans to exhibit her photos in a local venue the week before Christmas. It’s awesome to see a child excited about photography and Christmas!
Back this artsy Kickstarter project here.
Farmhouse Fudge produces fudge with real butter, real cream, and real chocolate, and they have quite the assortment of flavours: butter pecan, red velvet, cranberry walnut, peppermint bark, and the list goes on. They have been selling fudge in Utah for more than three years, and they are hoping to expand their customer base with the help of their Kickstarter campaign.
The rewards for backing this campaign are different types of fudge, so I’m sure you’re tempted to donate to this project!
The Harpoons—a classically-trained harp and bassoon duo—are hoping to release their first ever Christmas album this year with the help of the Kickstarter community. Their album will includes perennial favourites, such as “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.” Based on the music in their Kickstarter video, it sounds like the tunes will be lovely!
Help make the Harpoons’ album a reality by backing their Kickstarter campaign here.
Someone very special in my life loves octopuses, so I couldn’t resist this happy octopus ornament. By the look on his face, I think the octopus is as pleased as we are that the holiday season is here! The cute design is burned onto an unfinished wooden circle, and the ornament can even be personalized with a name and date.