All posts tagged: Christmas

Coveted 90s Christmas Toys

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
It seems like everything from the 80s and 90s is getting a revival these days – from Full House to The X Files to Jem and the Holograms (although that didn’t go so well). There’s a rush of nostalgia going on right now, but it seems different to us millennials because it actually pertains to us. Instead of wearing 70s-inspired bell bottoms when we were in 7th grade, now we’re the ones who are rocking daisy print baby dolls dresses and jelly shoes. Yeah, I feel old too. In addition to fashion and entertainment, kids’ toys also somehow make a comeback, with things like Easy-Bake Ovens (which are weirdly futuristic looking now) and Puppy Surprises reappearing. In fact, the Puppy Surprise, you know that stuffed animal that’s holding an unknown number of baby puppies in its velcro sack, made a return last year, and it was so popular that the company had to stop airing commercials because the demand was so high. Easy-Bake Ovens and Puppy Surprises may have been coveted in the…

Stocking Stuffers // Hers

Originally posted on Ordinary Adventures:
Honestly, my favorite gifts are always in my stocking. I never really received or was even a huge fan of bigger gifts. Getting a whole goodie bag of my favorite little stuff is the best way to my heart. I’ve also come to find, that for most people, this is the hardest part of Christmas shopping! So if you want?some cute but inexpensive gift ideas, or need to stuff that stocking, here’s some items she’s sure to love! *hint * Drew * hint* Sticky Notes?- Second to stocking stuffers, my favorite thing to get is little notes. What makes a little note even better? It being written on cute stationary! I love these innovative, fun stickies that have been out and popular for a while now. There’s so many cute sayings and fun messages, there’s sure to be one you will want to leave around. ? Fuzzy socks?- Is it really Christmas?if you don’t get at least one pair of socks? But ditch the boring Hanes and get some warm,…

Home Alone is 25 Years Old! Here is a Delightful Oral History

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
This is a delightful oral history of what I think is safe to say my generation’s all time favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone (all due respect to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). The piece is written by James Hughes (son of Home Alone writer, John Hughes) for Chicago magazine which is fitting as the film took place “on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” which happens to be in Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with oral histories, they are in my opinion the best way to recount stories (especially in the entertainment industry). The reason they are so good is that it is the people involved just recount their versions of what happens which usually makes for a more interesting read. The article is full of fun anecdotes and delightful stories, so please, grab a whole cheese pizza, sit down and enjoy reading this oral history…ya filthy animals. link to oral history found below: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2015/Home-Alone/

Gift Guide for Art Lovers

Gift buying should be easy, but sometimes it can be tricky to find the right thing, especially for artists and art lovers.  We’re kind of known to be picky. I hope this helps! Canvases (gallery wrapped are the best, start with sizes 12×12 – 18×24)  Inspire them to create! Oil Paint (Williamsburg oils, Old Holland, and Gamblin are my favorite).  Even if you just buy 1-2 tubes, color inspires amazing things in creative minds. Print Sets!  I am offering 4 different collections of curated artwork; boxed, wrapped, lovely, and ready for the Christmas tree! Paint brushes.  A good paint brush is like a magic wand in the right hands!  Rosemary and Winsor & Newton are two of my favorites. Brushstroke Ornaments.  Special handpainted ceramic globe (fit for the tree and for the home all year long!) iPhone Case.  Artist-y-ness for your phone! Handpainted Handbag.  Fashion statement perfect for the art lover in your life!  Completely original and unique. Art classes at a local arts center or studio. and… if all else fails, a gift card…

Why Advent Sucks this Year – Why We Need Advent

Originally posted on The Millennial Pastor:
Advent is normally my favourite season of the church year. I don’t think that is uncommon for pastors. Christmas and Easter are of course the big celebrations, but Advent and Lent have a certain depth and richness, that allow Christmas and Easter to be what they are. Advent and Lent add the flavour to the meal. For me, the richness of Advent is found in the images – the way of Lord, valleys filled up, mountains made low, crooked made straight, broods of vipers, winnowing forks and chaff, angels and virgins, and promises and hints of Messiah. Advent’s beauty is in the blending of hints and promises of Messiah together with real life. With the messiness of people looking for something better. The people in the desert going to John the Baptist, looking for something different than what they knew. The hypocrisy of religious and political leaders, which is a true as death and taxes. A  teen girl dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and the reality of impossible life…

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts 2015: Santa’s Got A Brand New Douchebag

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
Haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet? Have an unreasonably large budget, no time to arrange a gift yourself, and a total d-bag on your shopping list? Yeah, me either, thank goodness. But for the second year in a row, we DO at least have the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts to remind us that we’re better off than the people who do have those things — plus some low-budget alternatives for the rest of us. A Motorcycle Day With Keanu Reeves and Keanu Reeves’ Friend Gard Cost: $150,000.00 First, go to breakfast with Keanu Reeves and Keanu Reeves’ friend Gard – which I’d be into, I mean I’d hit up a good brunch with John Wilkes Booth and Justin Bieber if promised bottomless mimosas. Then go on a motorcycle ride, then go to a cafe. Then take a friend to dinner and ditch Keanu. Or don’t: the man has been through a lot and I hear he’s one of the nicest celebrities. The next day, ride through a forest with Keanu…

Introducing #Blogmas!

Originally posted on NEW BLOG louiseroserailton.com:
It’s the 1st December 2015 and I’ve decided to set myself a bit of a challenge. I’m going to take part in Blogmas this year. Last minute decision, which I may regret but I’m going to give it my best shot. This is my first ever Blogmas, so I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to reading Blogmas posts from other bloggers, sharing traditions, Christmas memories and more. Get ready for one post every day, for 25 days! My Blogmas posts this December will be a mixture of Christmas and non-Christmas themed. I really hope you enjoy my posts – past, present and future. I’ve already planned out what I’m going to post each day, but if you have any suggestions – I’d love to hear them. Leave any ideas in the comments below.

Have the holidays become too stressful?

Originally posted on Michelle Leigh Writes:
The holiday season is in full gear. As we have already passed Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Christmas is just around the corner. And I have to say that I’m still slightly in disbelief at how quickly its come, yet again. As I get older, I’ve realized something. Time speeds by, each year it gets quicker and quicker. Everything becomes stressful and timed, and we make it more commercial then spiritual and magical like it should be. I remember when I was a kid, I used to get so excited when Christmas was near. It was my favorite time of year. I remember decorating the tree with my family and playing Christmas songs as early as October, sometimes even in the summer time because I was just so infatuated. Now it seems as though no one has time for anything anymore. No time to decorate, or shop, or be festive. Everything is like warp speed and before we even get to Thanksgiving they are already shoving Christmas down our throats. Stores commercialize…

What To Get Your Book Lover For Christmas!!

Originally posted on Book Enthral:
GUY IT’S CHRISTMAS GIFT BUYING TIME!!! I actually love Christmas. I know everyone says it’s their favourite time of the year but it?is?my favourite time of the year! I like it over my birthday! Here in Australia, Christmas falls right in Summer, and my parent’s house is right on the beach so for like the week or so I spend at their’s it’s just food, presents, sunbaking, surfing and reading. STRAIGHT UP PARADISE. I thought, in spirit of my favourite time of the year, and in preparation for the start of me going full speed ahead on prezzie buying, I would make a list of all the awesome bookish things you could get your book lover for Christmas! Or if your like me and don’t really have any book lovers in your life expect yourself, you can forward this list onto your friends and family for yourself! BOOKS! This one’s a given for your Book Lover! Just check their Goodreads to-read list and pick a couple of books that you…