One year on Christmas Eve I decided to make a string of popcorn for the Christmas Tree like we had when I was a kid. Guess what? One day is not enough. Don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself!
If you want to have a nice long string of popcorn to decorate the tree with you need to start now, and it works a whole lot better if you enlist a couple of partners. So go out and buy some thick thread and get a good sized needle and while you are watching television you can get quite a bit done. In fact, if you and the kids each take a turn you can pass it around over a few nights and you can have a family project that literally strings you together.
Making a popcorn garland is a wonderful seasonal activity. This Christmas craft was practiced by some of our early pioneers as they brought their holiday traditions over with them from Europe. Put some apple cider on the stove and curl up on the couch.
This is so much nicer and way more authentic than anything that you can buy from the dollar store. If you want to be really fancy you can string cranberries into it as well or make a separate string of cranberries. It is also fun to tell your children stories about what Christmas was like while you were growing up as you make your decorations.
I know Halloween seems to be just over and all the Holiday stuff is coming out in the stores. If you are like me you don’t feel quite ready for it. But why not enjoy the entire Christmas Season? The winters are too long so why not? We may as well get in the mood because it is coming anyway and why not have a few more days of making merry before the drudgery of January hits us? Why not put on a Santa hat and dance around with the kids? They will love it!
Do you have a lot of decorations? Why not get started early and put out a few things now and a few more things later?
This year we have just moved into a new home so most of my Christmas decorations came out at once right at the beginning of November but usually I start by getting out my Christmas mugs. It is a simple thing but it helps to get rid of my grouchy “winter is here” mood. I also have a couple dessert trays that I like to have handy. I may not even fill them up yet but I find a spot where they can sit and look decorative. Then out comes the towels and oven mitts to hang in the kitchen.
Next I get out the box that has the nativity scene in it and get that set up in a corner somewhere. Then the angels get placed on a shelf while I drink hot chocolate out of my Santa mug.
A few days pass and I make some cookies with my daughter. We always make lots and put some into a fancy tin for unexpected guests. We may even make some extra dough and put it in the fridge for a bigger baking day on the weekend. You can always put extra cookies in the freezer once they are baked.
As November progresses more and more comes out, or we make something extra, or we pick up something special. Many of our Christmas ornaments have been made a few at a time over the years and other things were purchased from garage sales in the summer time. You can get some really decadent items still in the boxes even with price tags on them! Even in December we still occasionally find a bargain at a thrift store. It does not have to be expensive to be delightful.
Oh and definitely invest in some great music to play softly in the background and get some cinnamon sticks to simmer in a pot on the stove. It makes the whole house smell awesome!
We are currently working on some fine articles for the 12 Days of Christmas. Stay posted because you are going to want to read these great ways to stay in the mood for Christmas that will begin posting on the 12th of December. Hilarious and riveting fun!
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There are a lot of new immigrants to Canada who have never made a Jack-O-Lantern. Do you have a neighbor with kids who is new to our country? Why not invite them over to carve a pumpkin together? Or why not have a little neighborhood pumpkin carving contest?
Making a Jack-O-Lantern is easy if you have never done it, but it does require an adult being involved.
Start by carving the hat. You can just make a circle if you want but you should know that after it is a few days old it could shrink and the lid may fall inside. That is why it is better to use a zigzag pattern.
Once you have made the hat and pulled it off you can get inside the pumpkin to empty out the seeds and guts. Don’t throw those seeds away. You can bake them later for a tasty treat!
Use the sharp edge of a spoon to scrape the insides real good and get rid of all the gunk. Make it smooth so nothing can dangle into the flame of your candle later. Also make sure the bottom is nice and smooth so your candle will have a nice flat place to sit.
Now select the side of the pumpkin that you want to put the face on.
You can do the traditional triangle eyes and nose and big gaping mouth or be more creative, but remember the shrinking later. If you are going to put teeth in the mouth, make them nice and wide or they may shrivel into nothing as the pumpkin shrinks.
Post your pictures on our Facebook page. We would love to see what you have made.
Put your Jack-O-Lantern on your step or in your window so others can enjoy it too!
MAPLE LEAF MONSTER JAM® TOUR
BRINGS CAR-CRUSHING TRUCK ACTION TO THE
CALGARY STAMPEDE GRANDSTAND
WHAT: Fans will witness the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate competition of intense speed, racing and destruction when the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour® roars into Calgary! These massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action that will take place at the Calgary Stampede Grandstand. This year’s truck lineup includes Canada’s very own Northern Nightmare driven by Calgary native Cam McQueen and the legendary Grave Digger, celebrating its 30th anniversary of car crushing mayhem. **truck line-up subject to change
In addition to world-class racing and freestyle action, die-hard fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Party in the Pits pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos!
One of the most popular touring family entertainment sporting events in the world, the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed, power and unbelievable stunts with the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more!
WHERE: Calgary Stampede Grandstand
WHEN: Saturday August 25th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Pit Party Saturday August 25th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
TICKETS: Tickets are on sale and start at just $15 for kids and $20 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at participating Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000, at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office or Calgary Stampede Grandstand day of show. Tickets to Party in the Pits pre-show are on sale and can be purchased for $10 at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans must have tickets for the 2:00 pm show. All ticket prices are $2 more when purchased the day of the event; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.
MEDIA Jenny Duncan / LBMG
CONTACT: 604-637-6650 (office) / 778-237-9760 (cell)/ Jenny@LBMG.ca
For more information and updates log onto www.MonsterJamCanada.ca