Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

I have always LOVED Christmas...but boy, oh boy, did I get hit by the Christmas Cheer bug this year!! Since God has blessed us so richly with family, we will be celebrating here in Colorado as well as in Arkansas...we will miss celebrating with Grandma and Grandpa T as well as my mom's side of the family... which will be a first for us both.
Jack, Kathy, and Grandma Nina will get here Wednesday; we will get a little less than a week in celebrating with them before we head to paradise (so thankful they are staying in CO for a bit and taking care of our babies while we are gone! talk about a lifesaver!!), aka the middle of no where, to celebrate with my parents and siblings for a few days.  So, all of that to say that while making goodies, everything was in double batches - to the extreme, turning our house into a Christmas workshop wonderland! A few visuals of my holiday baking, (round two, as we already went through all of the goodies I baked the end of November) ~

Gluten Free Goodness!

...More Gluten Free yummies!

 Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts ♥

Thanks to my wonderflly, dear friend Autumn, I picked up a forest of evergreen branches at Home Depot for free!! This will be a yearly tradition... they smell wonderful and added so much more Christmas life to our house! I made just about anything I could think of using the branches; a center piece, a "snowflake swag", candle holders, an arrangement for our guest room, and then just added sprigs and pine cones around.  Our home now smells of pine...CHRISTMAS!!!
  •  center piece: crate from michaels, tree clippings, pine cones, berries, jar with Epsom salt, and votive.  Arrange to your liking.
  • snow flake swag: wire together pieces of greenery in star or snowflake pattern with large gauged wire from the dollar store, then I made a bow with wired ribbon from the dollar store and attached with with wire. 
  • candle holders: basic glass vase/candle holder.  Tied ribbon and jute twine around jars/vases adding greenery and berries. 

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