Monday, July 25, 2011

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the "Christmas in July" Blog Hop hosted by Jazzy from Jazzy's Cards. If you are coming from Libby then you are in the right place, but if you are just checking on my blog and stumbled across this, go start at the beginning. This is Jazzy's first time hosting a hop, and I know she would appreciate the love.

The theme for the hop was something Christmas related that included the colors green and red. This is what I came up with...

I remember as a kid I couldn't wait for Christmas Eve.  In Germany, my family celebrated Christmas Eve with a real tree that the Christchild brought and decorated while we ate sandwiches and soup in the kitchen.  Then the Christchild would ring a bell letting us know we could now enter the livingroom.  The room would be dark except for the tree with it's real candles and beautiful glistening ornaments.  I remember the smell of the fresh pine tree and the baked goods in a basket on the table, usually cookies and small cakes.  Boy do I miss those parents still celebrate Christmas Eve, but we, at home, celebrate Christmas morning.  When we still lived in MN near my parents, we would celebrate Christmas Eve at my mom's house and then we would take the kiddos home and prepare for Christmas morning.  Now, we have changed our tradition a bit since we don't live close to family anymore.  The weather can be so unpredictable in the MN and SD areas that we do not go home for Christmas anymore.  We still have a real tree, but no real candles and we usually get the tree the first Saturday in December and decorate it the next day after church.  Now we usually have a munchy night on Christmas Eve.  Everyone in the family gets to choose up to 3 items they love the best.  Mine is usually shrimp cocktail, brie cheese with crackers and herring.  I know, odd combination, but when you get 4-6 people with up to 3 choices, there is a lot of food.  Most of the time we have mini hotdogs, bbq smokies, meatballs, rye bread with swiss cheese melted ontop, pizza poppers, breaded mushrooms, veggie tray, cookies, my 3 items and then there are some various items that get added or deleted each year.  It just depends on their moods.  (Just writing this is making me hungry)  Every year, since my kiddos were babies, we have bought brand new pajamas for everyone for Christmas eve.  This way everyone has new jamies for pictures on Christmas morning.  We usually change into them, and then we have a new family game to play or new movie to watch.  When that is done, we all help clean up and get ready for bed.  When the kids are in bed or have gone home to their own place, hubby and I finish wrapping any Santa gifts that are still needed and head off to bed ourselves.  Christmas morning we all get up, make coffee, mamossas, and usually monkey bread and then the fun begins.  I love watching the kids' faces when they get to come downstairs and see what Santa brought.  Remember, if you don't believe, you don't receive.  That's the motto in our's getting close to that non-believing for our youngest, but thank goodness we now have grandkids to keep up the tradition!  The rest of the day is usually spent just lounging, playing with any new toys or gadgets and watching Christmas movies all day.  All the left over food (and there is usually a ton yet) from the night before gets brought out again and we just munch all day long.  I hope I haven't bored you with my Christmas tradition, but I just wanted to share what we do.  Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite tradition is.

Now onto my project; it started like this:

On of our neighbors is selling her house, so she has been
cleaning out any unneeded things.  She knows how much I
love redoing things, so she thought of me.  Isn't that so sweet?
Hubby doesn't understand my obsession of other people's junk,
but wait till you see what I did.  She had two of these and this is
what I made with one of them.

and ended like like this:

This will be great to put some Christmas food on and carry from upstairs to downstairs, or just to have sitting on the coffee table with Christmas cookies and tea for holiday guests.

Here are some more pictures if you are interested.  I used my E-craft to cut the vinyl.  LOVE IT!!!

Not a single miss cut or bad cut.  Other than the fact that I have a lot of cricut carts, I might be using the E-Craft exclusively.  

Thank you so much for checking out my project... now head on over to Darlene but first I hope you remembered to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas" in order to be eligible for Jazzy's Cricut Cartridge Blog Candy.

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  10. Darlene  Simple Southern Blessings
  11. LaKesha at Scrapping Diva


  1. Very creative!!! I just won a Cricut Expression machine today at My Craft Channel... I am gonna need cartridges!! I am a new follower and an soooo enjoying this Hop! Pendra at:

  2. great project. well done. tfs. merry christmas

  3. Merry Christmas!! I loved your story sooo much -- I am going to read it again!! Your recycled tray is beautiful and such a good, fun idea! I am a new follower...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  4. great job.

  5. What a gorgeous tray, Brenda and so creative and festive! I loved the story of your Christmas traditions, especially the Christchild ringing a bell so you could enter the darkened room to a glowing tree! That sounds so awesome! What a great memory - thanks for sharing :)


  6. Merry Christmas. I love your tray. Nice idea. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  7. Merry christmas! Love your tray. Loved your story also. My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve and gathering with all the family. Since we all don't live in the same place it is something to look forward to each year. Traditional recipes each year also. Just love it!

  8. Love your tray and really love your story. Sounds like a great family tradition. Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Brenda, super creative it. Ready for X-Mas, I see. Great work! ~Shen

  10. Merry Christmas in July and the tray is just beautiful, thank you for sharing it and the chance to win.

  11. Awesome recycling project, Brenda! I just discovered your blog on this hop but have decided to follow you already. I'll be back after the hop to have a better look at some of your other work.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Brenda, this is an AWESOME project!! I love how you take things that others would just toss and turn them into something SO fantastic!! :) Ya know what I love even more??? Your Christmas story!! :) It certainly sounds like you have some wonderful Christmas memories... I know I've shared our main tradition on my blog, but you asked (and in case ya missed it)... We are only allowed to open presents one person at a time. When it's a BIG family gathering, there is a chair front and center that the person opening a gift has to sit in, but on Christmas morning, each of my kiddos takes a turn opening a gift and showing it to everyone else. It really stretches out the time we get to spend together on Christmas morning. We usually have the parade on too, so we can see all the fun floats and balloons. Oh, on Christmas Eve we have a church service where people share their musical talents... At the end, we all light candles and sing hymns and Christmas carols together. I could do that every week and it would never get old. :)

    Merry Christmas, and thanks for participating in Jazzy's hop!!

    Amy :) at
    and Decorate To Celebrate!

  13. Merry Christmas, Love the tray. My Christmas tradition is going from relative to relative on several consecutive nights sharing meat pies and great family fun.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

  14. Merry Christmas. Your project turned out great. Made that old tray look like new.

    My favorite tradition would be going to my mom's house on Christmas eve and spending it with my stepsisters and their families. Then going to my father in laws on Christmas day spending it with my brother and sister in laws families.

    Smiles Sher

  15. neat idea!
    merry christmas!
    sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca


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