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Christmas Blog

  • Get Your Christmas Stockings Now!

    Anyone who has ever made a stocking from a Bucilla kit knows that it is never too early to start! Merry Stockings knows this, of course, and has decided to put a few of the top 2013 stockings on sale. And, this is a SALE. Nearly 50% off kind of sale. You don't wanna miss this.

    There are a total of three stockings for you to snap up:

    sale stockingsPrincess Bucilla Christmas Stocking ~ What young girl doesn't like to think of herself as a princess?!  Nevermind that she has daddy wrapped around her little finger, she will love this hand crafted beauty handing off the mantle at the castle.


    Santa-and-His-List-Bucilla-Felt-Stocking-KitSanta and His List Christmas Stocking ~ Once the list is made and it's been checked twice, all the kids know what happens next....Santa Claus is coming to town! Boy or girl loves to imagine Santa looking at their list, so imagine their delight to see their name atop this cute reminder!


    Snowman-and-Polar-Bears-Bucilla-Felt-StockingSnowman and Polar Bears Christmas Stocking ~ Playful polar bears in the snow make this stocking a favorite for any boy or girl who just can't get enough of the snow! The imagination of a child is vivid and they will be naming those bears before you know it!

    All three of these stocking kits will help you create an 18" felt applique, custom stocking for your special loved one! The kits come complete with beads, felt, embroidery floss, sequins, needle, and of course the easy to follow instructions.  They make great gifts and will become beloved heirlooms!

    All stockings ship within 24 hours of your order, and as always, your satisfaction is guaranteed at Merry Stockings. You haveabsolutely nothing to lose. So, hop over to the website and see which one fits your little one the best.

    Merry stocking making!

     

     

  • Anticipation

    AnticipationI had a boss once who would celebrate what she called Friday Eve....meaning, it's Thursday, the day right before Friday which is when the weekend begins. Hahahaaaa! She'd say it nearly every week, "Happy Friday Eve!" and I found it kind of funny. But, here we are, the day before Christmas Eve, and I think this day can be put into the same category as Friday Eve.

    Some will celebrate this wonderful holiday on Christmas Eve, some on Christmas Day, and others do the traditional 12 days of Christmas so they are already well on their way. But today, Christmas Eve Eve, is a  day filled with anticipation. Most, if not all the shopping is done. Presents are being wrapped. Last minute cleaning is being done. Menu's are being written. Groceries are being purchased. All of this in anticipation of the grand celebration called Christmas.

    It has been said that the anticipation we experience leading up to grand events is sometimes as good as the event itself. I've gathered a few quotes for you today that celebrate this act of looking forward to something big. So, grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy. Merry Christmas Eve Eve to you!

    “Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.” - A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

    “Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life.  Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing.  You're cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what's coming.” - Nicholas Sparks Three Weeks With My Brother

    “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." - Andy Warhol

    “The pleasure isn't in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it.” - John Green, Paper Towns

    “The days passed in a dream. I pictured our reunion again and again, played it out in my mind over and over until I’d almost worn a groove in my thoughts, so deep that it seemed the only thing I could think of was our reunion. Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed it is hope’s finest expression. In hope’s loss, however, is the greatest despair.”  - Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay In Hell

    “When I think something nice is going to happen I seem to fly right up on the wings of anticipation; and then the first thing I realize I drop down to earth with a thud. But really, Marilla, the flying part is glorious as long as it lasts...it's like soaring through a sunset. I think it almost pays for the thud.”  - L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

    “...anticipation of happiness can sometimes be as gratifying as its consummation.” - Gaynor Arnold, Girl in a Blue Dress

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  • Snowman Ornaments

    snowman ornamentsWe are continuing with our SNOW theme in honor of the first measurable snowfall that is due in the next few days here in Minneapolis. I don't think there's a single Minnesotan that really expects the snow to hold off for much longer. These cute li'l snowman head ornaments turned-diy-garland will make you smile even if the weather outside doesn't. Promise.

    What is so great about this idea is that you can get the kiddos involved. Picture it ~ they are happy, no, ecstatic that school was cancelled today and they've been out playing in it ever since . . . sliding down hills, throwing snowballs and building their first snowman of the season. They come in from the cold, and you've got tomato soup and grilled cheese ready to warm them up just like the quintessential soup commercial, right?!  With lunch over in a flash, now what? Thankfully you saw this post and picked up the supplies one day after work in preparation for this day. No wonder your kids think you're a hero....you are!

    • 10 small foam balls
    • air dry clay (5# tub is less than $10 at Target)
    • black beads
    • black paint
    • cosmetic blush
    • 1/4" ribbon
    • Florists wire
    1.  Cover the foam balls with the air dry clay, adding extra to form the nose.
    2. The clay will dry quickly, so go ahead and wet the areas where you want the eyes, then attach black beads.
    3. Using your imagination and a toothpick dipped in black paint, draw the mouth and other facial features.
    4. Apply rouge to the cheeks. Awww!
    5. Cut 10 2" pieces from the florist wire, bend each one at the center and push into ball
    6. String your ribbon through and hang wherever you want.....the tree, over a door, in the window, etc.

     

    Photo and Design courtesy:  bhg.com

     

  • Building a Christmas Notebook: Lists

    Makin' a list, checkin' it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice . . . I've been humming this the last couple of days as I thought about the list section of our Christmas notebooks. Does anyone else live their everyday lives by lists?  Some of the best-organized people do. When I have a huge project or an insane amount of work to get done in a short amount of time, lists are definitely my friend. And, yes, I have been known to put things ON my list just so I can check them off! Anybody relate?!

    We are in the middle of a series of posts about how to put together a Christmas Notebook, that one place where all things Christmas reside to make your holiday season less stressful and rushed. We've already picked up our supplies, and have started our books with an Ideas tab at the front. If you missed the last post that gave tips for saving and implementing all of your genius ideas, you can find it here. Today, let's work on our lists.

    Who do you want to give a Christmas gift to? What about Christmas cards and all those addresses? And, events, what events are traditional for you and what others would you include if you were better organized? There are dozens of possibilities for lists, all determined by your own traditions and tastes! Here are the ones that I am starting with:

    • Christmas card addresses -- even though you have these addresses in a separate address book or perhaps even stored online somewhere, take the time to gather those addresses for this notebook. Keep track of who sends you a card each year; these are your primary relationships! Don't leave it up to your memory as to who you sent a card to last year or who sent you one.
    • Gift recipients -- of course your family members and some close friends will be on this list, but also remember the service people that grace your lives every day. Some ideas that come to mind are the postman/UPS/FedEx drivers, the newspaper delivery person, cleaning help, garbage collector . . . anyone who makes your life a little easier throughout the year. The gift doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate; it's the sentiment and the thought that count the most.
    • Events -- Christmas programs, plays, concerts, parades, parties and open houses (yours, too!). As you are notified of these dates, you'll add them to your calendar (which we'll get to later). If you host an annual Christmas open house and have a different theme each year, keep track of that here. When your calendar gets too busy to include certain events you hear about during the holiday season, jot them down in this section to plan to attend next year. You get the idea.
    • Recipes -- Oh the treasured recipes that are passed down through the generations! Keep a list of them here, and what cookbook or recipe file you store them in. Keep track of what you made last year that was a big hit, new recipes you want to try, and those secret family heirloom delectables!
    • Decorating -- Throughout the year some of your family members will get married, couples will have babies or adopt, puppies and kittens will become family members, and they are all going to need a stocking. We've got your covered on this one! With ready-made stockings to personalize and kits that you put together yourself, these stockings will become treasured heirlooms! So, when life events take place that add new members to your circle, jot their names down in this section. Also, if you put out lawn decorations or have a light display, are there pieces that need replacing or updating? Keep track of what you need for the following season, and then hit up some of the post-season sales. It's a great way to save a lot of money!

    What other lists can you think of to include in our Christmas notebooks?

     

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  • Our Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kits

    Christmas is a good time to spend with family. At MerryStockings.com, we believe that quality time is spent with your kids when you teach your kids to do crafts. This is one of the most compelling reason why we came up with the Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kits.

    Whether you have a little boy or a little girl, there are designs for you to those from. We recommend:

    Stocking Kits for the Girls

    Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Cupcake Angel

    The Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Cupcake Angel features grandma with a selection of cupcakes, candy canes, cookies and gingerbread men.

    This kit is one of MerryStocking.com's new offerings for the year 2010.

    Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Ballet Bears

    The Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Ballet Bears features three lovely and cute bears dancing ballet in tutus that little girls would adore. **This kit has been discontinued and the link now goes to the current inventory that MerryStockings is offering - updated 3/24/10**

    Stocking Kits for the Boys

    Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Cowboy Santa

    Santa Claus has been traditionally depicted on sleighs pulled by reindeers. Not this Santa. The Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Cowboy Santa features a Western Santa in a cowboy suit on horseback. It is a fun twist to the traditional Santa Claus little boys would love!

    Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Fireman Santa

    Santa Claus is very recognizable in his red suit. So are firemen. That is why MerryStockings.com combined these two well-loved figures and featured it on the Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Fireman Santa. This stocking kit includes a cute dog and a fire truck!

    Stocking Kits for Both Girls and Boys

    Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Christmas Feast

    Every little boy or little girl loves Santa Claus. Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Christmas Feast kit features a very traditional Christmas scene including the beloved Santa Claus furry forest friends!

    Bonus: Stocking Kits for Everybody in the Family

    Ho Ho Ho Santa Kit - a fun, detailed Christmas scene. Very cute kit.

    To see our full list of Bucilla Stocking kits, click the highlighted text!

  • Choosing a Christmas Stocking for Your Baby

    Christmas stockings form a very important tradition for your family. Your baby's first Christmas should signal the start of a new tradition: get him or her their own Christmas stocking.

    But how do you make sure that you get the perfect Christmas stocking for your baby? It's actually very simple.

    1. Take note of the decoration. It may be his or her first Christmas, but the stocking will be used for many years to come. As such, it will be best to have a design that may still work when he or she is a little bit older. It might be a good idea to have something universal and eternal when it comes to design. Dora the Explorer might be a big hit now, but you'd never know how popular she would be in the next two to three years. Better opt for designs such as Santa Claus or a teddy bear.

    2. Personalize it! Nothing says it best than a personalized stocking. Especially when you have more than one kid, names on the stocking will help you get through the confusion when stuffing time comes. Also, it will make a nice keepsake when it's time to retire an old stocking for a new one. You could include the old stocking in your baby's scrapbook.

    3. Make it or buy it? There are a lot of stores that sell Christmas stockings. You also have the option to make it yourself. But whatever you go with, make sure that the final product is both beautiful and durable.

    4. What to fill it with? Make sure that your stocking fillers are age appropriate. A good idea for stocking stuffers include baby essentials such pacifiers, teething rings. Or you could surprise your baby with a rattle or a stuffed toy.

    Having a new addition to the family is always an exciting thing, but it is more so during Christmas time. It not only allows you to start or continue a family tradition, but it will help build memories for your family.

  • Christmas Traditions Clarified, Part III

    MerryStockings.com takes a look at Christmas traditions and how they came to be practiced here in the United States. Earlier traditons we have looked at included the practice of sending out Christmas cards, decorating with boughs of holly, kissing under the mistletoe and hanging Christmas stockings.

    Poinsettias

    A lot of houses in the United States usually have potted poinsettias during the Christmas season. The beautiful plant makes a great Christmas decoration around the home with its bright red leaves set against equally splendid green leaves.

    This Mexican plant was used by Franciscans during their own Christmas celebrations. Legend has it that a young boy saw the poinsettia plant on his way to visit the village Nativity scene. When he realized that he had no gift for the Christ child, the boy gathered green leaves that he offered as a gift. Miraculously, as he put them on the manger, beautiful red leaves sprouted on each branch.

    The plant was brought to America by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Joel Poinsett in the 1820s.

    Christmas Trees

    Christmas trees go as far back to the 16th century when Germans decorated fir trees with apples, candies, roses, and colored paper. Similar trees were also regular fixtures of a popular play performed during the Middle Ages, which was mostly performed during Advent.

    Martin Luther was said to be the originator of the practice of putting lights on trees, having been inspired by the beauty of stars whose lights shone through fir branches.

    But the practice of having a Christmas tree during the season was started when the U.K.'s royal family was depicted in an 1848 Illustrated News etching gathered around a Christmas tree in windsor Castle. Prince Albert and Queen victoria's Christmas tree soon inspired Victorian England to put up similar trees.

    This practice was later brought to the U.S. by Germans settling in Pennsylvania.

    Give the gift of love with personalized Christmas tree decors only from MerryStockings.com

  • Christmas Traditions Explained, Part II

    Yesterday, we looked at the practice of kissing under the mistletoe and hanging up Christmas stockings and examined their origins.

    MerryStockings.com takes a look at more Christmas traditions and how they came to be.

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly...

    Everybody knows this Christmas song, and almost everybody has sung it at at least one point in their lives. But do you know why people use holly during the Christmas season? It is not only because of the green leaves and red berries they have, which is coincidentally the most popular Christmas colors, but also because of a legend.

    In olden times, people believed that ghosts and evil spirits roamed during winter and Christmas time. Europeans believed that holly held magical powers because like the mistletoe, it remains green even during the bleak winter months. So people hanged boughs of holly over their doors to keep the evil spirits away.

    It served a more practical purpose too. In the time before canned air fresheners became available, these boughs of holly also purified the air inside the home.

    Holly is also used as a religious symbol around Christian homes. It is believed that holly came up from the ground on which Jesus Christ walked. The spiky leaves represent his crown of thorns while the red berries represent the blood that he shed.

    Christmas Cards

    The practice of sending out Christmas cards had humbler roots. It began in the United Kingdom where young boys sent Christmas greetings to their parents in order to practice their writing.

    Officially, however, the first real Christmas cards were the brainchild of Sir Henry Cole who was too busy to send his friends individualized Christmas greetings. What he did was to ask John Calcott Harvey to draw an illustration, which he then mass printed on a card. The illustration with a simple greeting for the holidays became the first Christmas cards.

    Get into the Christmas spirit by sending your loved ones beautiful and personalized Christmas cards. MerryStockings.com allows you to have the flexibility of choosing any format from the various designs we have and then letting you add a personal touch by incorporating your own photographs on these.

  • Stars Share Their Favorite Christmas Memories

    Stars are ordinary people too. They may be rich, they may be famous, they may be accustomed to being in the limelight, but when Christmas time comes, they also reminisce about Christmases in their lives.

    Over the years, stars have revealed their favorite Christmas memories. MerryStockings.com shares you some of them:

    Nicolas Cage shared his greatest Christmas memory with his father. In his childhood, Cage had toy car with Pinocchio as a driver. A day before Christmas, he was playing with it when Pinocchio's head broke off. His father picked the head up and showed the young Nicolas to the garden where he planted it. On Christmas morning the young Nicolas was surprised to find that there was a gift waiting for him where his father planted the head. It was a big wooden Pinocchio.

    Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher says that she makes it a point to create homemade gifts every Christmas for her friends and family. So she's always baking gingerbread houses for them, while she keeps a "Christmas town" at home.

    Oprah Winfrey said on her show that it was a Christmas memory that fuels her generosity. At a young age, her mother told Oprah and her siblings that they do not have enough money for Christmas gifts prompting her to feel sad. But then three nuns came to their house and brought gifts for them. Oprah received a doll.

    Samuel Jackson always received guns for Christmas. For him, the guns was the whole point of Christmas and he was happy with the toys.

    Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson takes the Christmas season to remember how he should be patient with his own kids. Recalling a time when he was young and he knocked down their Christmas tree and got an earful from his father.

    You too can immortalize your Christmas memories with MerryStocking.com’s personalized Christmas tree ornaments. These lovely ornaments can help you create a Christmas tradition that your kids would love. Just imagine gathering around the Christmas tree looking at pictures when your 21 year old son was just baby, or when your daughter was baptized.

    Loving memories are created, shared and kept alive, and there is no better way to do these than with our personalized tree ornaments!

  • Your Baby's First Christmas Stockings

    Children have always been the best reason to celebrate Christmas. In every household, it is the children who are the most excited for the coming holiday season. Some even say that Christmas is the time for kids, with TV stations putting out kid-friendly programs for their holiday programming, stores selling their best wares for kids, Schools close for the Christmas vacation, seriously lengthy play time and basically the whole world feeling like a child again.

    Children around the world have treasured the Christmas season, which is the time that they get rewarded for being nice. They get gifts from their parents, friends and other family members. At no other time of the year, except for their birthdays, do they get so many toys, money, and other gifts.

    Spending your Christmas with your children is one of the best gifts you can ever give and receive. You want to make it extra special for them, because it is in their eyes that you see the magic of Christmas.

    This is especially true if it is their first Christmas. How exactly do you celebrate Christmas with the latest addition to your family: your baby? Well, by setting up a tradition, of course!

    Christmas traditions are great ways to keep Christmas in your family unique and exciting. You could host a Christmas lunch or dinner and invite close friends and family over. You could introduce your baby to them during this.

    You could put up Christmas decorations that depicts the whole family. Personalized Christmas ornaments for your tree featuring the whole family, or each member in different ornaments.

    Or you could give everybody in the family their own personalized Christmas stocking. It would be great to have everybody's stockings line up on the chimney. Do not forget the littlest one though.

    MerryStockings.com has a new line of personalized Christmas stockings that is perfect for your baby's first Christmas. Make his or her first Christmas memorable with these beautiful white velvet with gingham trims stocking that may be embroidered with your baby's name. This would be a great keepsake for the momentous moment in his or her life!

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