Christmas is just around the corner and now is the time many of us start to think about how to wrap our Holiday gifts. Well, I have found some fun, festive and even frugal ways to wrap your Christmas gifts this year.
Let's get wrapping!
Wrap all of your presents in white paper then customize with tree clippings, handmade gift tags, paper off-cuts or festive candy canes and candies.
He used to distribute gifts secretly to children on Christmas Eve as a surprise for them. While he was passing a house he heard a father and his daughters lamenting their poverty and how they were unable to be married because they could not provide dowry that was prevalent in those days. Overcome with pity and sympathy, Nicholas observed the woolen stockings of the girls that they had put on the windowsill to dry and secretly placed enough gold pieces in each to provide dowry for the girls.
This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas.
Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, and his message about St. Nicholas and Christmas.
The tradition of Christmas stockings was introduced in America by the Dutch. It is said that in the 16th Century, the children staying in Holland kept their clogs, filled with straw, by the hearth for the reindeer.
You know that Christmas is not too far away when new Christmas adverts start popping up on our screens! I love Christmas ads on TV for the big British department stores like Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis among others.
Here are a few of my favourite Christmas TV advertisements for 2014!
This ad for Waitrose is called The Gingerbread Stall and brings this idea to life through the story of a girl who is put in charge of making delicious gingerbread biscuits for her class’s stall at the school
Christmas fair. The song for the Christmas advert this year, Dolly Parton’s ‘Try’, has been created using voices of members of the public, who took part in the Donate Your Voice campaign in October.
Tesco just unveiled its 2014 Christmas TV advert, which focuses on festive lights.
This John Lewis ad is SO cute! Called "Monty's Christmas" it has already had over 4 million YouTube views in just 24 hours. It sees adorable little boy Sam present his penguin pal Monty with a new penguin friend after he becomes sad and lonely.
Set to Julie London's version of "Fly Me To The Moon", the Marks & Spencer Christmas ad follows the two magical Fairies clocking in to work before flying across the country to spread some Christmas spirit with a click of their fingertips! The ad is accompanied by a social media campaign, with M&S running a Twitter account for the fairies, Sparkle and Magic, that will give people a chance to nominate friends and family who deserve a good deed.
The Boots Christmas TV advert 2014 is all about the joy that comes from being surrounded by the ones you love.
Discover the animated story of magical mice Peter Pumpernickel and pals, who arrive at Harrods to help Father Christmas transform the store, ready for the festive season!
Harrods have also produced a lovely video to how to decorate your Christmas tree.
It's the season to bring joy to others, and there are loads of little gestures that will make someone smile. Send a wish and give a little happiness this Christmas!
Aldi's Australian ad this year is all about how to have the Perfect Aussie Christmas! After visiting Down Under, Johan returns to his small village of Julbacken to teach his family and friends about Aussie Christmases. Being stuck in their traditional ways, Johan manages to upset most of the villagers. That is until he introduces ALDI’s Specially Selected range – proving once and for all, a perfect Christmas is the Perfect Aussie (Aldi!) Christmas.
Finally, the new #Sainsbury’s Christmas advert was made in partnership with The Royal British Legion & was inspired by real events from 100 years ago. It is truly beautiful. You might need a tissue to watch this one!
I hope you enjoyed watching these fun and happy Holiday ads as much as I did. Please feel free to share this post with others and help me Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive 365!
These Modern-Country rooms are so beautifully decked out for Christmas! They all look so comfortable and inviting with a great mix of plump and comfy sofas, pretty candles, natural foliage and homespun treasures. I'm thinking our Christmas is going to be a little bit modern and a little bit country this year!
Welcome Christmas friends to my first ever Christmas in July Linky Party! I'm so thrilled you are here to join me at my very first Christmas in July Linky Party!
Let's keep the spirit of Christmas alive this month by sharing our favorite Holiday blog posts from Christmases past. Fill the house with festive scents, grab a cup of your favourite brew, listen to some of my favorite Christmas tunes and help me Celebrate Christmas in JULY!