Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Ours was wonderful. We had family and friends over to our house and had the most delicious meal. However, since Thanksgiving is officially over and Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I would share some ideas to kick off the holiday season!

Last year, instead of doing a traditional advent calendar where the kids get candy or toys each day, we had an advent calendar filled with experiences. Each day, the kids pulled a card out of the calendar and we did that particular activity for the day.

Advent Calendar Activities

Last year, my son was in preschool and needed a lot of help writing a letter to Santa, so I made a pre-made form for him to fill out just a few key words. We will probably do something similar this year, but I will have him sound everything out himself. Should be cute! (If you click on the link, you can download a printable copy of the letter below for your child.)

Printable Letter to Santa

Do you need a simple, inexpensive idea for handmade ornaments? I created these ornaments before this was a craft blog, so the pictures aren’t great, but they are pretty easy to construct. You can use any kind of scrapbook paper to make these personalized for you or for gift giving.

Handmade Ornaments

Lastly, another oldie but goodie from my pre-craft blog days are these super cute candy jars. You need a few supplies you can purchase at the dollar store or the craft store very inexpensively. Can you believe these are made out of terra cotta pot pieces and a glass jar? So fun and festive!

Holiday Terra Cotta Candy Dishes

I hope these posts give you some inspiration to get your holiday season started. I will be posting some more fun tutorials and printables in the coming weeks.

I don’t have a formal link party on my blog, but if you would like to share a holiday related post in the comments, I would love to check it out. It can be an old or new craft or holiday project you have done!

Also, be sure to check out Pick Your Plum today! They have baker’s twine for only $4.95 for 240 yards. Enter code ILOVETWINE (today only) and save $4.95 off your order. That is one roll free!

Pick Your Plum

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