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.
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.
Click on the image for a closer look! Infographic via The Fact Site
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.
If 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!
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.
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.
…such as cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, costumes, and this downloadable desktop wallpaper! Raymond the reindeer wanted to dress up to celebrate Halloween, so here he is, donning a wizard hat and accompanied by a couple of his pals. We’re having a hard time coming up with names for these guys… Dracu-apple? Jack-o-orange? What do you think? Help us name these cuties and leave your suggestions in the comments below.
Oh my gosh—it’s September already! Can you believe that summer’s over and kids are already back in school? We sure can’t. But here we are, three months until the holidays, and we elves still have so much to do! Even though Christmas seems like a long way off, we know the days will fly by. Thankfully, our pal Raymond the reindeer loves to lend a helping hoof whenever he can. And here he is, on a mission to spread some smiles. Download this wallpaper, and whenever you look at Raymond, he’ll surely lift your spirits, as he does ours!
This Friday the Summer Olympic Games will begin in Rio de Janeiro! As you probably know, Raymond the reindeer loves sports—whether it’s baseball, cricket, reindeer games, or anything in between. He even went to London, England for the 2012 Summer Olympics! Raymond is getting rather excited for this year’s games, so he decided to participate in a little track and field. Here he is donning his sweat bands, ready to run laps. Maybe with a little of Santa’s magic, Raymond can beat the world record for the 100m
…So take a break and head to the lake with your pal Raymond the reindeer. Download this wallpaper, and whenever you look at it, you’ll be transported to the serene scene. Picture yourself sitting on a dock, dipping your toes (or hooves) in the cool water, enjoying the warm breeze. Ahh… Summer!
And speaking of summertime fun, what’s your favorite lake to visit? Let us know in the comments below!