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Etsy Item of the Day: Gold Magnolia Leaf Wreath

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A lot of silver and gold holiday items have been catching my eye this holiday season, so it’s no wonder why I stopped in my tracks when I saw this lovely gold magnolia leaf wreath. This stunning wreath is handmade in Charlotte, NC, where the maker collects and preserves the leaves prior to painting them. Amazing, right? I love crafting and making things by hand, but this is a whole other level of awesome!
Holiday Gold Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Etsy Seller: The Decor Room

Sugary Sweet Cyber Monday Deals

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Everyone knows that an elf’s four food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. To some people that may sound like a sugar overdose, but to us elves, that sounds wonderful. This Cyber Monday, your sweet tooth is getting an upgrade because these fancy sweets are on sale today! Stock up and get some goodies to give as hostess gifts, family gifts, or stocking stuffers.

Cyber Monday 2016 Deals on Luxury Candies and Sweets
  1. The top-notch sweets at Sugarfina are candies at their finest. This holiday bento box comes with 8 different candies, including candy cane caramels, mini gingerbread men, pumpkin pie caramels, and champagne bubbles. And when you spend $75 today, you’ll receive a Cheers 3pc Bento Box with code HOLIDAYCHEERS. Valid 11/28 only.

  2. Make everyone happy with this 6-piece box of Godiva chocolates.icon Drop a box in everyone’s stocking or give one to each of your (favorite) coworkers. Get an extra 20% off with code CYBER. Valid 11/27–11/30.

  3. A classic holiday confection that everyone will enjoy is peppermint barkicon, especially this snowflake-shaped bark from Stonewall Kitchen. For more tasty treats, shop the daily deals at StonewallKitchen.com today and every day from now until Christmas!

  4. Oh my goodness… One bite of this decadent dark chocolate peppermint brownie Belgium chocolate bar will make anyone happy and wanting more. Get this bar and save 25% off your order at DylansCandyBar.com! Use code STOCKINGSTUFFER. Valid 11/28 only.

  5. Know someone who loves sweet and salty crunchy munchies? Give them these gourmet chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows.icon Also available at DylansCandyBar.com, so you can get this scrumptious box of goodies for 25% off with code STOCKINGSTUFFER. Valid 11/28 only.

  6. This 16-piece box of limited edition Godiva trufflesicon comes in a lovely holiday gift box, finished with a bright red bow. This box contains the perfect amount of sweets for couples, and if you want a bigger box for a family treat, get a 32-piece box.icon No matter what you decide, you can get an extra 20% off at Macys.com with code CYBER. Valid 11/27–11/30.

Looking for more gift ideas for your loved ones? Click here.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Merino Wool Baby Elf Booties

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I love, love, LOVE felted elf booties—they make my heart leap with joy whenever I find a beautiful pair. These little baby booties are absolutely perfect for anyone who is welcoming (or has recently welcomed) a new addition to their family. Use them in a holiday photo shoot or add them to baby’s Christmas outfit.
Felt Merino Wool Baby Elf Booties

Etsy Seller: Owly Boutique

Etsy Item of the Day: Fox Gloves

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Do you know someone who has an affinity for foxes? I’m sure they’ll be quite pleased to receive a pair of these fox gloves for Christmas. Half of the design is hand-sewn onto each glove, so whenever the recipient cups their hands together, they’ll see the fox’s face. :) Not only are these gloves adorable, but they’re practical, too. The gloves themselves are a wool blend, so they’ll keep hands cozy on chilly days! (Note: This Etsy seller ships express, so you’re sure to get the gloves by Christmas.)
Fox Gloves by talkingloves on Etsy

Etsy Seller: talkingloves

Get the Whole Family Winter-Ready with These Great Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is here yet again! Some people will decide to #OptOutside, but we’re sure a few folks in the States are braving the cold weather and early morning hours to snag some good deals. For those of you who prefer to stay at home, safe from chilling temperatures and crazed crowds, here are some deals on goods that’ll keep your whole family warm this winter.
Black Friday Deals 2016 on Winter Apparel

  1. Adorable sets like this polar bear hoodie, onesie, and pants set make me wish that it came in larger sizes for elves and adults! ;) Get this set and save an extra 20% off with code THANKS at macys.com! Valid through 11/26.

  2. Boys look the cutest in vests, and this flannel vest will keep your kiddo warm and stylish! Round out his outfit with a dapper driving cap or festive tie. Get 50% off of your entire purchase AND free shipping through 11/29 at Gymboree.com.

  3. Give mom this cozy, plush head wrapicon to keep her warm even on the coldest days. She’ll love the matching neck warmer, too! Take 15% off with code SAVING15 at Kohls.com. Valid today (11/25) only.

  4. Young girls will love this cotton knit beanie with white stars and a squishy white pompom! Available in pink or grey. If you like this hat, be sure to take a peek at these matching boots. Take advantage of Black Friday savings of 50% off at Gymboree AND free shipping (valid through 11/29).

  5. This fair isle scarf will keep dad warm on days when he’s shoveling snow or making snow angels with the kids. Use code THANKS to take an extra 20% off at macys.com! Valid through 11/26.

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Fun Facts About British Christmas Foods

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The closer it gets to Christmas, the more I think about all the yummy foods I’ll be eating this holiday season. Surely I’m not the only one who is salivating over such thoughts, right? ;) I’m particularly excited to try out a few new recipes, such as the yule log. Depending on how it turns out (and how my family responds to it), it might become a “must-have” Christmas dessert!

I also like to keep things lively at family gatherings, so I’m going to tuck away some facts from this infographic so I can pop a few trivia questions at Christmas dinner. Speaking of Christmas dinner, did you know that 50% of people have a gene that makes Brussels sprouts taste bitter? So, if half your family hates sprouts, now you know why!

To learn more fun facts and stats about some British Christmas foods, click on the infographic below.12 Foods of Christmas

Click on the image for a closer look! Infographic via The Fact Site

Etsy Item of the Day: Chicken in a Walnut Ornament

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While I was admiring a needle felted narwhal in this Etsy shop, I stumbled across this chicken in a walnut shell Christmas ornament. I’m not quite sure why, but this rooster speaks to me. Maybe because I’m amused by the idea of rooster in a walnut shell or maybe because it reminds me of a children’s book where people magically packed large things inside small walnut shells. At any rate, this would be a charming ornament to give to someone who keeps chickens on their urban or country homestead.
Red Chicken in a Walnut Christmas Ornament

Etsy Seller: Bossy’s Feltworks

A Special Grinchmas Musical

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grinch-musical-logoIf you love the movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, then I’m sure you’ll be as excited as I was to learn about this musical production! Max the dog, Cindy Lou Who, and the green man himself will be on stage delivering a heartwarming performance the whole family will enjoy.

The talented troupe of Whos brings Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale to life with joyous music. Amidst the lineup of merry tunes, you can expect to hear some favorites, such as “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” This grand production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas will leave you filled with the Christmas spirit! Here’s a little taste of what you’ll see:



To catch a show near you, take a peek at the list below. And, if you live near Nashville, TN, you’re in luck because the musical will be performing at Opryland all season long!

Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry
November 18–December 25
For tickets and information, click here.
Want to have breakfast with the Grinch? Get the details here.

New Orleans, LA

Saenger Performing Arts Center
November 22–27
For tickets and information, click here.

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center
November 29–December 4
For tickets and information, click here.

Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square
December 6–11
For tickets and information, click here.

Washington, D.C.

National Theatre
December 13–31
For tickets and information, click here.

Can’t attend a local show, but want to experience the magic of the musical? Get the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical soundtrack on iTunes or Amazon.

grinch-musical

Etsy Item of the Day: Printable Scandinavian Advent Calendar

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Advent season is almost upon us, and what better way to count down the days ‘til Christmas than with this lovely advent calendar? I love the charming cross stitch pattern on all the boxes—the hearts and snowflake patterns are my favorite! This calendar is a digital download, so you can print it from the comfort of your own home. If this Scandinavian style doesn’t strike your fancy, I’m sure one of these calendars will: penguins & igloos, Christmas cottages, gnomes, or stars.
Printable Scandinavian Advent Calendar

Etsy Seller: Papier Bonbon

Free Wallpaper: A Season of Thanks

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For our American friends, November is the month of thankfulness which culminates on Thanksgiving Day. While it’s great to have a holiday dedicated to giving thanks, gratitude is something we can all exercise year-round. This month challenge yourself to write down something you’re thankful for each day. Set this image as your desktop wallpaper, and Raymond the reindeer will give you a gentle reminder each time you see it.

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

We hope you enjoy this month’s wallpaper from Northpole.com, and we’d like to know: what are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below!

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