Are you getting ready? Now is the time to start thinking about a special wrapping paper, name tags, cards, hot items, engraved and personalized items. Beat the Christmas Rush! Soon we will be into Novemeber. Many of us will be focused on getting our homes ready for Thanksgiving, or getting ready to go out of town. Before we know it Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas Rush is on!!
If you are a gift basket maker....those special quality items that you need, well nows the time to buy. I remember one year I needed that special hot chocolate you can buy by the case at Costco. I went to buy it, I was ready to put in my baskets. It was the last item I hadn't gotten. Guess what, Costco was sold out. Sold out for the season, I missed it.
Even Christmas Music is hard to find if you wait too long. All that is left is what nobody wants. We all know Christmas Music is important to set our scene for love and family.
So just wanted to encourage you to get an early start. Make your list, check it thrice:)
Happy Holiday's and Merry Christmas to you All!!
This is sooo great you wrote this! lol
I am so very ready this year! I love Christmas and even wrote a hub about it already
Guess you can tell my anxiousness for it.
I am going for more of a traditional non commercial Christmas this year for my family.
Making homemade gifts, ornaments and other tree trimmings etc. Reading of the birth of Christ and singing carols. Filling our home with the scents of cinnamon and spices. Filling it as well with the sounds of Christmas music and laughter.
It truly is the best time of the year
Atomswifey, Family traditions are great! Sounds like you are with it, and are ahead of schedule compared to most. One tradition we like to do, is plan a special night to Decorate the Tree. We put on the Christmas Music and Hot Chocolate:) Set up the Manger Scene, wrap some presents and decorate the Dinning Room Table. My Family really enjoys this time and The Love of Christmas:)seems to fill our home with warmth. Thank you for sharing! "Remember the Reason for the Season:)"
Same to you, and Blessing to you and your family too!
All good tips, because if you're not ready for Christmas it comes like a runaway train, heading straight at you, that you can't stop.
All the more reason to write Christmas hubs as soon as possible and get your amazon items in gear.
I was thinking about the same thing...
Since money is going to be tight this year (as it was last), I am trying to come up with unique present ideas that are affordable yet personal. last year i went through a box of old family photos, then went to walgreens, scanned them, fixed them, and printed them. Then I went to khols since they had a really good sale on frames, i bought a few. at home i contructed these frames and wrapped them up. my aunts loved them! Some pictures they forgot even existed. I made a Collage for my uncle, you know the frames that come with about 8 frames on one huge frame (sorry if i sound confusing). I put pictures of him and his parents, his best friends, and special moments. it brought him to tears. So since that was last years idea i need to come up with a new one. Marshals has a ton of little items for cheap prices. So what i am probably going to do is invest in some baskets, decorating gear like ribbons and confetti, etc. then go to marshals and buy little silly things that would appeal to people id make that basket for. For example my mother: container of coffee mix, cute fuzzy soxs she adores, maybe a little hand clutch, a bottle of perfume (usually sold at $10 for well known brands that use to cost $80 years ago), some chocolates, maybe cookies, some cute gloves, maybe a potential book she shoul read, or some cute pjs, fuzzt slippers. I know its a lot of silly stuff she can get on her own but in our family we actually give gifts that we need. Marshals is really affordable just a couple days ago i bought a pair a panties, a corset, a bra, chai tea mix, a bag of coffee mix, and a baking book, total cost $23 dollars. if baskets are really expensive for your taste (which they can be) go to your local goodwill (thrift store) and check them out. usually when i go to goodwill their are a TON of baskets in a nice variety and u are looking at spending $1 each. Sorry for it being so long lol
These are great ideas Wonder. In fact I bet there will be many people googling for inexpensive Christmas gift ideas and the information you have here is good for at least three Christmas hubs. Better get going so that you can learn some adsense and amazon.com money.
I'm a little behind still have a few Halloween ones I want to publish and then one about NaNoWriMo for November then the starting of some great crafty ones for Christmas.
I started posting Christmas Cookie recipes last month because it takes a lot of time to make enough cookies to give some, to serve some and to enjoy some. Those make excellent Christmas gifts for those single people and those seniors who live alone. So many of them don't want to bake for themselves and certainly don't enjoy them as much if they buy them.
oOo, i luv Christmas cookies! i am always looking for new recipes, 'cause i make Christmas boxes every year filled with homemade treats and people go crazy over them. i have some cool Christmas ideas too but am still working on Halloween and Thanksiving ideas. i will check out your hubs!
cosette & bearnmom & lynnechandler, wow you are so right, we can't forget the COOKIES, and the holiday crafts. You putting together your boxes of goodies can warm a persons heart more than any store bought item. I have one friend who that is all she does for her family is bake cookies. She is a baker by trade, but her kids and grandkids would be upset if she didn't have their cookies and nut breads for them. You guys are really inspiring me to put things in a higher gear:) Happy Hubbin:) "Sieze the Day"
It seems as if everyone has at least one Christmas hub to write about. Nelle Hoxie just reminded everyone the other day that it takes at least one week for hubs to mature and be founded by Google.
Has anyone here heard "CAROL OF THE BELLS" by a group called The Bird and The Bee?
It's a gorgeous Christmas song, fresh and creative, and performed with eloquent sensitivity.
Everybody should hear it. It's one of the very best of it's kind.
I have not been to Halloween yet, how can I think about Christmas? I don't like the idea of Christmas being earlier and earlier every year. For me Christmas only starts coming in December!
I go in order of holidays thanks. I can't wait for Halloween!
Glad to see that we are at least two sharing the "Halloween spirit"
My two biggest worries at Christmas are going to sound silly, but...wrapping paper and the stockings. When my kids were too young to read, I started buying 1 specific wrapping paper for each kid that reflected their interests that year and wrapped all of their presents in it. That way they were able to quickly figure out which gifts were theirs under the tree (and I didn't have to worry about gift tags). They're now 20, 22 and 24, and God forbid I don't do the wrapping paper thing!
And stockings have always been quite the big thing in our house. We used to lay the kids' stockings on their bed Christmas Eve after they went to sleep. They would get up and open up their stockings, delaying the inevitable rush to the tree and giving me and my hubby a little more sleep! And stockings, well, still HUGE thing with my kids!
my 2 sons are older also, and I still do the 2 different kinds of paper so they know which is which! this year there won't be as much, but they will look for their stockings to see what Santa left, I hang them on the fireplace which usually isn't lit in December. I have no idea what I will get them this year.
always a magical time regardless of how many presents are under the tree.
We start early, while out for weekends, loking for the unusual. I also make crafty things.
In terms of writing hubs, you should get your Christmas ones written by the middle of next month. Especially if you are hoping to sell some items through Amazon or Ebay.
I've already finished my Christmas shopping this year, everyone is getting books...
I'm a bit of a Scrooge this year. Last Christmas was incredibly depressing, and I haven't had the courage to make any plans this year. And my two kids got married, which drained the coffers big time. (But they were beautiful weddings and I'm so glad to have doubled my number of rational adults related to me.)
So, I'm thinking of just hiding my wallet. [Sigh...]
But maybe the next month will help. I wrote my Christmas hub, a story. But I have NO desire to write any Christmas music this year. I cancelled my traditional concert. Just can't do it.
Boy, I'm in a fine mood about it, ain't I???
Maybe it'll get better...
found it, here's your cure~~ sit back and listen to the magic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_m054tL … re=related
Music? Would like to hear some of the music you composed. Even if you don't have your concert, you should play to lift your own heart this Christmas:) You have a month and a half to relax from your spending free!
daniel, it sounds like you are in need of a good dose of The Velveteen Rabbit. try to find the reading done by Meryl Strep~
it will cheer you up.
Yeah it is certainly...
But I wish Christmas will be everyday though wakikik
It seems strange writing about Christmas before Halloween, but I just finished my first Christmas hub. It will be here before we know it!
I didn't recieve a lot of Christmas gifts last year because of the economy. I got my warm cozy slippers and a nice blankie yeah! What I got I really cherished . I will be making gift baskets to give this year.
I've given gift baskets at Christmas to my brothers, they loved them, it was their favorite gift:) It did have homemade cookies, and lemon cake and other goodies. They are allot of work, but worth it if you have the time and little money. Have fun, your family will love you even more! They do warm the heart:)
Im not ready, I got to get stuff made to stock the store, get my special orders for gift baskets, special candles and jewelry started, and get my online store going...and save some money to buy my daughter something special..
Im not excited over Christmas, but I hope my business really taks off for the season..my adopted mom passsed away christmas eve, 2000...ever since, and even before that really, I never got excited because of bad christmas memories as a child and a teenager..this christmas may be mentally worse, my husband has been drinking heavily and started becomig overly abusive the past 6 months and its geting worse, we even had an episode tonight where my house got destroyed and I had to call 911 for help..and he got out of it, he is a goood lier to cops and courts..he didnt get me a birthday present this year, so I doubt Ill get anything for Christmas, heck, I might get divorce papers from him..who knows
I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. Remember safety is first. You have to feel safe in your own home. Do you have a friend or family member you can confide in?
I have faced situations not with a drunk, but a controlling ex-spouse and a family member who was a hostile person. It wasn't till I left, did they look at getting help. A person can only take so much...and sometimes we enable them, by putting up with their actions. I will be praying for your safety and that God can help you make the right decisions.
Ok I concur -- I actually love Halloween better than Christmas. My point is that it takes time and is expensive to make all those Christmas delights so you have to spread it out so you can do all the baking you want to do. Baking is an expression of love. Yes, enjoy each holiday in and for itself but it never hurts to be prepared.
I use to go in order of holidays, but greeting cards are cheaper if you buy them early, and shutterfly.com offered 30% off calendars if you bought them before November 1.
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Been all decorated for a while.....shopping now that's another story!
All the more reason to write Christmas hubs as soon as possible and get your amazon items in gear.Recently I came to know that there is a website named AmazingWatcher.Com which is a free website that will “watch” items for you on Amazon and let you know when amazon has them in stock at regular retail price.It got so awesome!
Good luck everybody!
Now is the time to be writing Valentine's Day hubs, the Christmas window is all but closed for this year...
Christmas is almost a few months away from today. For cool christmas gift ideas, you can check out the most popularchristmas gift ideas today as voted by the user community on itsThoughtful.com. Its cool to see what other users find interesting.
Yes it truely is. It is always important to get started early. When it comes to Christmas because most of the time if you don't. It will be the most exspensivve holiday ever. It all depends on where you go and how much stuff you plan on buying!
oh my....it's waaaaaaay too early for me to think of this holiday....i'm still hoping for a bit more summer.
Boooooooyacka! cannot wait until Santa arrives with all my bloody presents....I wanted a train set, I wonder if he'll bring it!!!
I cannot express how much I dread the coming of this commercial holiday. It has for at least 2 decades been 98% about buy buy buy - money money money.
I have watched people who barely get by day to day go into massive credit card debt over it. I have a friend who went bankrupt over it - trying to "keep up with the Jones".
No matter what one says about "oh it's all about family and we only give out homemade gifts, blaa blaa blaa...tell that to the kids who have been so brainwashed by TV and friends that if you gave them a homemade gift - they'd be sent spinning into depression for a year.
Nope - my plan is to go to the soup kitchen and help out as much as I can. It's just another day...AND...if you have *enough* - SHARE IT. Not just on holidays but EVERY DAY.
Christmas is no fun anymore, I have no children and my husband isn't into anything that requires gifts.
My mom always want to get me something, but she asks me what I want and I tell her it doesn't matter. I like a little mystery, yet she insists so I tell her, and so I always know what it is.
Christmas just isn't very magical anymore.
I am excited this year for Christmas. I too am in a very tight budget as I think most people are, but it doesn't matter. I feel the joy of celebrating with my sons, their girlfriends, friends and singing carols, playing the piano and enjoying one another's company. I look forward to spending much time praising the Lord together as a family and thanking the Father for sending the Son.
Last year was a blur, no decorating, no joy, it was only a month since my husband left after 32 years, but the Lord has restored my joy. This year my heart is elated to celebrate Christ's first advent with people that truly love me.
We have decided because we are all on a budget, we would simply do Kris Kringle. Everyone decided to place three things they would like on a piece of paper with their name on it and that would be the only gift one would have to spend money. We also placed a limit that all of us would abide by so no one would feel less important than another.
Yet, upon reading some of these great ideas, I think I will add a little extra to the celebration and maybe try the basket giving, or making special things that would touch their hearts, perhaps even a letter from my heart just thanking them for being who they are in my life?
I don't know the possibilities are endless.
If I was excited before, I am even more excited now. Yay
What a beautiful post...I understand about the joyless Christmas...happened to me a couple of years ago too. But it's always great to see someone inspired enough to rise above it and be so grateful for what/who they do have in their lives. Also love your idea of a letter from the heart. May it be a blessed Christmas for you and your loved ones.
And thanks "heart4theword" for the hub...reminded me how little time there really is to get going!
I agree with your post that we should all get ready for Christmas soon enough to avoid the rush, that is what I personally do. I've written some hubs about Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts but my favorite one is a hub about Harry Potter Christmas gift ideas for fans from all ages @ http://hubpages.com/hub/Harry-Potter-6- … Wands-Fans with the new movie being released and all. My son is a great Harry Potter fan and I'll get him one of the Harry Potter LEGO sets.
If you have the time please check it out and leave me your comment I'd love to know what you think of it.
I used to love christmas when my children were small, but now they are grown and have children of their own. Although I still love christmas and all that it entails, sadly for me it isn't the same. I use to love the look on their faces when they woke up and the excitement that was for everyone to see. It used to be held at our place and getting together with everyone was wonderful, big family get togethers, eating and laughing all day. But now everyone has their own family commitments and trying to organise it all it a nightmare. I still spend christmas with my children and grandchildren but it has a different feel about it now. Life goes on.
it is very busy time for me to decorate christmas tree and buying christmas gift but i am happy.. merry christmas to all people in the world
yes its a fun time, just listening to the radio, fixing lites.
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