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Etsy Item of the Day: Christmas Hippo Hat

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When only a hippopotamus will do, wear this super cute Christmas hippo hat! Crocheted by hand, this hat is available in sizes from newborn to adult, so you could buy hats for your entire family and have your own bloat. [Yes, a group of hippos is called a bloat!] For a truly custom cap, you can specify the colours of the braided tails and trim—or even change the colour of the hippo.
Christmas Hippo Hat

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Last Minute Floral Gifts

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Christmas is only 4 days away! If you’re still looking for gifts or perhaps want to send a bit of extra holiday cheer to loved ones, consider ordering a floral gift. With less than a week until Christmas, many floral gifts won’t make it in time; however, I did the research for you and pulled together some bouquets and plants that will arrive before Christmas. But hurry! Most of these will need to be ordered TODAY to be delivered in time.


Bouqs • Grace
A local Bouqs Artisan Florist will design a bouquet using a soothing mix of white flowers with green accents.

Holiday Tulips

1800Flowers • Holiday Tulips
Vibrant red and white tulips make up this bouquet. Add a little holiday cheer by including a red vase.

Etsy Item of the Day: Christmas Penguin Enamel Pin

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Cute and chubby and just a wee bit stumpy, this little penguin pin is simply adorable! Donning a cozy hat and sweater, this fella is bundled up for winter weather. Give this sweet pin to a friend who loves penguins so they can wear it whenever they want to show their affinity for this Antarctic animal.
Christmas Penguin Enamel Pin

Etsy Seller: Kate Elford

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Spreading Smiles to Service Members

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As you have probably noticed, we here at the North Pole are on a mission to spread Christmas cheer. One of the ways we like to do that is by sharing about good deeds that people do. In a world where we’re inundated with heartbreaking news and unfathomable disasters, it’s refreshing to see acts of kindness, such as those done by Operation Gratitude, an organization on a mission to spread smiles to service members, military families, and veterans.

Operation Gratitude

For most of us, the holiday season brings great joy and treasured time with loved ones, but for those in the armed forces, the holidays can often feel bittersweet when families are separated. So imagine the happiness and hope they would feel upon receiving handmade gifts and handwritten cards from complete strangers! These items (and many more) are what Operation Gratitude includes in the care packages they send out every year. Talk about spreading cheer—now that’s a cause we can get behind!

Read on to learn how you can get involved with Operation Gratitude.

Etsy Item of the Day: Printable Christmas Charades

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Earlier today, I shared a few ways to have fun as a family the old-fashioned way­—without electronics. Since I’m pretty passionate about families spending time together without craning their necks over screens, I was delighted to find this printable game of Christmas charades. For a mere two dollars, you can download and print this game from your home computer. The digital file comes with 32 different prompts as well as 8 blank cards so you can create your own prompts.
Printable Christmas Charades

Etsy Seller: Old Market

What charade prompts would you write on the blank cards? Let me know in the comments below!

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