That clock keeps ticking towards the Christmas countdown and oddly enough, I can feel my stress rate rise as the final days approach. Trying to make sure you have all the presents (and for me, mailing them in time for those that live in the States), spending most of one evening making a Greek tunic for my daughters play, getting those last few cards out to the Aunts you only ever make contact with at this time of year – we could all use a few things to make life a bit easier (both in the time department and in the money department). Here are a few more to add to last weeks list:

  • last summer, I posted about making alphabet bunting from paper and I am happy to say, I found a more extended Christmas version at Made by Rae (okay, with a little help from Martha Stewart).  If you have slightly older kids, this could be a good way to keep them busy and you get the garland at the end. Win win!
  • I like to exchange food (and wine!) at this time of year – everyone appreciates home made food wrapped up to look all lovely. If you want a nice tag for your biscuits/cookies – here is a great link at Joy Ever After.  A heavier weight paper might be good for these so that they don't get scrumpled along the way (I am not sure if scrumpled is a word but in my mind, it describes exactly what happens to food tags when jostled around on the way to being delivered!).
  • You need a recipe for cookies so that you add the tag to them?  No problem!  Get that gingerbread cookie cutter out and look at this recipe for chocolate gingerbread men from Good LIfe Eats.  If you would like to convert from cups to grams – click here.

I think that is enough from me for the moment…..I have brownies to bake for my after school workshops (we have our annual Christmas party in lieu of creating – hey, any reason for a party!)