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Don’t Forget – For December 2015

Posted by terrepruitt on December 1, 2015

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia TechniqueOoooooo!  It is December!  Wow!  Time sure flies.  I can barely believe it is December.  The last push before Christmas and the New Year.  Whew!  So much to do.  So much going on.  And I am not even really that busy.  It just seems like there is more to do than time.  I thought I would start the blogging month off with some reminders about things from pasts posts you might want to be aware of for December.

The first one I always think about is the easy and yummy salad recipe.  It is usually the item I am asked to bring to dinner with my in-laws.  It is not because it is my specialty or anything, it is more because of – at least I think – that my husband’s family has food traditions and customs that, even after 20 years, I am not that familiar with.  One year I was asked to bring glazed carrots.  I had no idea what that was.  I don’t ever remember seeing them at the family dinners so I didn’t think they were in high demand.  So I brought a very small dish of them.  I am thinking I didn’t bring enough, or they weren’t good, so I was not asked to bring them again.  The Southern dinner table and the Mediterranean dinner table differ greatly when it comes to side dishes.  Anyway . . . my friend brought this Pear and Walnut Green Salad to my bridal shower and I have loved it ever since.  You might have an event you want to bring it to.

Then there is a post regarding Wrapping Tips.  I am still shredding those small scraps of wrapping paper to use in boxes and bags.  To me it is a nice way to add a different look to gifts and it is festive.  I like to have different looking gifts.  I like both gift bags and wrapped gifts – with different wrapping paper to be under the tree.  So using shredded wrapping paper in some bags and tissue paper in others really helps get that menagerie going.

Another post, Greenies Reduce Holiday Waste, has some tips about how to reduce the waste of wrapping paper entirely.  One idea I especially love is to use kids drawings as packing paper or as wrapping paper.  I think that it would be very special to receive a gift wrapped in a drawing.  And I know some kids draw A LOT and parents just don’t know what to do with the stacks and stacks of drawings.  This would be a great way to use them.  I think it would help show that the drawing even though it can’t be displayed in the house is still very special.

And – whowee!  Has it been cold for us here.  Yes, I know it is not comparable to some areas, but for us, in the San Francisco Bay Area, it has been a wee bit cold.  So I in my post, Scarves (isn’t that original?), I shared how to wear a scarf for cold weather as taught to me by an Easterner.  I really was doing it wrong up until she showed me!

There have been many versions of the book tree.  I love this idea.  I first saw it from my friend.  Here is a A Book Tree By Simon.

There there is the post that has videos or links to other people’s ideas, Wrapping, Wreathing, And Blinging Ideas.  An easy way to wrap hard-to-wrap items, an easy and inexpensive wreath, and a homemade, but very expensive looking ornament.

One of my favorite ideas is making a Christmas Tree using your Christmas cards.  I posted about it in my post CeCe’s Creative Christmas Card Display.

Well, I hope this helps you with your Holidays.  Perhaps gives you some ideas.  Or perhaps you have some ideas already and you want to share?  Yeah, go ahead, share!

2 Responses to “Don’t Forget – For December 2015”

  1. Liv said

    I’m still “new” to your blog so I went through all the posts you linked…

    Okay your shredded wrapping paper in gift bags/boxes idea is pure genius! I always toss my scraps into the recycle bin but now i can get some use from them first! And my sister and I have this gift box shaped like a cottage that we’ve been passing back and forth for years!

    And funny on the scarf wearing…I learned the loop and tuck in Boston. Growing up in FL, I did not even own a coat or scarf until college…my cold weather gear up to that point consisted of a single sweatshirt (though I sometimes stole my dad’s old jacket for fashion on occasion).

    I saw the book trees last year and loved them too!

    The make your own bag with wrapping paper is awesome and I love your friend’s Christmas card display. We’ve done different things over the years but most recently I’ve use 2 of those Command adhesive hooks and tied up a string between them and hung all the cards from there. At some point it starts to overlap but I love looking at everyone’s cards. We send more than we receive too but it’s a tradition I love and I love seeing everyone’s kids – especially friends we don’t get to see often. Email me your address and I’ll send you a card this year. 🙂


    • Hi Liv!
      I am glad you like the shredded paper idea. It really does make the gifts look fun. And I love it when there is a bag/box/something that gets passed back and forth. It is a real tragedy when the time comes to throw that special bag/box away.

      See? You learned the way to wear a scarf for cold weather from a Bostonian. Yeah, Californians just usually wear them for show. It is an accessory!

      Yeah, there are a lot of versions of the book tree. I love that one of MY friends did one. 🙂

      I just usually tape our cards on the wall in rows. I love the tree idea. We send more than we receive, too, but I keep the ones that are sparkly or really pretty! I use them as decorations!

      Thank you so much for commenting. XO


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