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Archive for Sep. 25, 2011

Christmas Countdown Starts

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Only 3 months until Christmas!!  What to do? Because I plan in advance (because I know I procrastinate) for  the holidays, it is time to get on it right now.

I belong to a small group where we exchange handmade presents in December. I think I have a good idea for this year, thanks to some great DIY crafts I have found on the internet. I can’t mention it here because at least one recipient reads my blog. But I am excited about it and have scheduled next weekend to gather supplies and start the process.  (such a tease –sorry)

Will probably be having Japanese guests this Xmas again, so should start thinking about that. Last year I made sure I had several little presents from Santa for your guest.  Better start shopping early.

I have a large extended family and need to plot and plan gifts for all. I want to come up with something that is useful. Last year I did a type of food gift basket which included breakfast, soup, and dessert. I had so much fun putting it together; thinking everyone liked it.

I am running out of ideas. One year I dehydrated several different fruits, and also made jams and fruit leather snacks. Another year I made mosaic trivets for family. Here are some pictures.

Since I try to have everything done by Thanksgiving, I now only have 2 months.  Help Help Help!  If anyone has some spectacular ideas for gifts, please let me know ASAP!