Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December!

There’s not much time left before Christmas to do a lot of things, so here’s our whirlwind holiday checklist for these last few weeks.

Decorations
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
Time to get the tree, decorate it, and dust off all the Christmas decorations. Turn on the Christmas music and this job is a lot more fun. Get this free holiday garland printable!

Send out those Christmas Cards
Kids can help with stamps and address labels. Make it a family project. See note about Christmas music above.

Display your cards
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
One inexpensive decorating idea is to display the Christmas cards you receive. They make a colorful holiday display whether you put them on your fridge, mantel, or create a unique place to show them off. Check out our Pinterest board for some fun ideas!

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Homemade Christmas gift ideas from Our Holly Days

Our Holly Days is another one of our beloved Pearistas. Holly decided to create a DIY Elf-ing Treat using Pear Tree’s Christmas notelettes. We love homemade Christmas gift ideas and we wanted to share this one with our readers. Enjoy!

J & I have the sweetest neighbors. They are always bringing over toys for the boys to play with & sneaking them Squeez-It’s on hot days. Sometimes they bring their cat out to let the boys pet her & they always stop to listen to their stories.

I think elf-ing your neighbors is such a sweet idea & it’s a tradition that J & I decided to start with the kids this year. I had some extra apple butter from the batch I made, so we decided to use it for the neighbors’ elf treat. And Pear Tree’s sweet new Christmas Notelettes & Christmas gift tags/personalized stickers are perfect for elf-ing!

Christmas Notelette Idea

Isn’t this just the sweetest little thing? Anything that is miniature is automatically 10x cuter. Besides, homemade apple butter. I went ahead & brushed off both my mom win & awesome neighbor shoulders for this one.

Christmas Notelette Idea

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Pet Peeve: Cards that cost as much as the gift

Gift Card Ideas #peartreegreetings #stationery #gifts
There are many kinds of gifts, some extravagant, some simple, some thoughtful, some obligatory. This time of year we bring gifts wherever we go, and the expense can really add up—especially when the gift wrap and a card cost almost as much as the gift itself!

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Whose Gift Is It? Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids

Gift wrapping ideas using personalized gift tags #peartreegreetings #holidays #gifttags
One of the moms here at Pear Tree Greetings used one of our Christmas gift wrapping ideas as a special surprise for her 3-year old daughter. She ordered a set of Christmas gift tags for each of her children, with their photos on them, so that on Christmas morning when her daughter was looking through the gifts under the tree she could easily find the ones meant for her.

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It’s homemade—the best kind of gift!

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas #Christmas #holidays #giftideas #peartreegreetings
Many of us love to bake during the holiday season, and share our treats with friends and neighbors. Cookies, fudge, toffee, dipped pretzels, popcorn balls, flavored oils and vinegars, liqueurs—whatever you love to make is what makes those great homemade Christmas gift ideas, because they comes from the heart.

I love opening the door to our friendly neighbor, who is hand delivering her annual gift of chocolate-covered toffee. We exchange holiday greetings and catch up on the neighborhood news. She, like everyone I know who shares the gift of their cooking, simply loves to do things for others and never expects anything more than a happy greeting in return.

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Early Holiday Excitement

Christmas TreeOver the weekend I spent some time getting the kids’ winter gear out and came across what I affectionately refer to as “The Stash.” Perhaps you also have a Stash, a hidden collection of things you buy ahead of time to make sure you are prepared for anything and everything. The Stash holds last-minute hostess gifts, clothes you bought on sale for the kids at the end of last season in a larger size, photo frames that you are sure you will one day use, extra wrapping paper, ribbon and Christmas gift tags, toys for the 47 birthday parties your kids will attend next year, extra crafts and puzzles for a rainy day, etc.

While surveying The Stash this weekend, I got a glimpse of my holiday ornament boxes sitting nearby. I couldn’t resist. I took a peak to see what’s in store for the traditional weekend-after-Thanksgiving tree trimming and got excited for the holidays. Yes, it means a lot of work and planning, but I truly love that time of year and all the joy it brings – family, friends, food and being together. I can’t wait. It’s time to start thinking about my Christmas photo cards—or maybe I’ll send Thanksgiving cards this year. I’m grateful to The Stash for bringing me to this happy place.

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Holiday Recycling Ideas

Our recycled Christmas cards and holiday photo cards offer the perfect way to celebrate this festive season without making an impact on the environment. In addition to sending recycled Christmas cards, you can recycle the holiday cards you receive to double the eco-friendly fun.

While you’ll probably want to keep the Christmas photo cards you receive because of the special photographs included or holiday cards that contain a special letter or message, you might not choose to keep some of the cards you receive. There are a number of holiday recycling ideas with our holiday cards, including sending them to your local recycling center, but if you’d like to have a little fun with those cards first, consider the following ideas.

Decorate Your Tree – Holiday cards are beautiful and they feature images that look great on a Christmas tree. Cut out the images you like, punch a small hole at the very top, and thread an ornament hanger or a piece of string through for a fun Christmas tree ornament.

Gift Tags – You can also use those cut out images from holiday cards as gift tags for next year’s gifts. Just thread the hole with a piece of gift ribbon, write the recipient’s name on the back of the image, attach it to your gift, and you have a gorgeous Christmas gift tag.

Scrapbooking – If you’re a scrapbooker, you probably already know that images from Christmas cards are excellent for use in your Christmas scrapbook.

Jigsaw Puzzle – Just cut up those cards, put them in a pile, and make a game of seeing how long it takes to reassemble them.

Packing Confetti – Christmas cards and a document shredder or pair of scissors make for some excellent packing confetti. Shred the cards you don’t plan to keep and then pack the confetti in bags to use as packing material for shipping next year’s Christmas gifts.

Do you have any other ideas on how to recycle the holiday cards you receive this year? We’d love to hear about them!

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