printables // Christmas comes but once a year …

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More Christmas cheer in the form of some printables to download to have all your festive bases covered.

74 fun things // gift giving

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Nothing beats a handmade gift for giving ~ for budget and for warm fuzzies. They are great for teachers, grandparents, friends, everyone really!

Here’s four quick ideas you can get done before Santa arrives down the chimney this month.

calendars // december and the advent variety

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Tis [almost] the season of giving and all that and so I have an extra double of calendars for your December!

Even better, my friend and photographer Kell Rowe from  Blackcurrant Photography has supplied this month’s images.

Kell, who made the mistake of inquiring after the December calendar and so I co-opted her into sharing some images, has provided something a little festive with some bright colours and the beautiful pine branches.

She focuses on the beauty of her home state with her photography, particularly in the abundance of natives and wildflowers found in Western Australia.

You can find out more about her work here where you can find links to her shops where she sells not only photographic prints but jewellery, phone cases, mugs and more.

December comes with excitement, anticipation, trepidation and tree trimming. I might cave in this weekend and do the whole Christmas thing although I am strictly a December 1 kind of gal.

But there are a few other things happening in December.

  • December starts on the same day of the week as September every year and ends on the same day of the week as April every year.
  • The month gets its name from the Latin word “decem” which means 10th. It was originally the 10th month of the year in the Roman calendar.
  • December hosts World Aids Day on the first and Novel prizes are awarded on the 10th, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
  • Of course there’s Christmas, but many countries also celebrate St Nicholas Day on dates through the month.
  • The summer or winter solstice, depending on your hemisphere, will be marked on December 21.
  • Its birth flower is the holly or poinsettia and the birthstone is the blue turquoise or zircon, and the recently added tanzanite.

Download the horizontal calendar in pink or the vertical version

Download the horizontal calendar in green or the vertical version

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Now as well as getting ready for December, this is the last weekend to get ready for advent. The past few years I’ve tried desperately to pull together an advent calendar for the smalls and despite the fact they are getting older, I think you are never too old for an advent calendar.

So four ideas to get your advent on this weekend.

Check out last year’s round-up here and previous years here and here

As well as my DIY advent calendar, including printables and a list of ideas, here

Although I do believe this advent calendar, for adults only, might be the perfect solution this Christmas!

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