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I think it’s important for couples to have their own holiday traditions. Every year on Christmas Eve, we spend a quiet evening alone at home, usually in our pajamas. I forego making an actual dinner for a spread of frozen appetizers and a ring of shrimp cocktail. We sit together in the living room with the tree lit and exchange presents. Every year, we say we’re not going to exchange gifts. Every year, we end up giving each other something.
The first year my husband and I started dating, we bought a Christmas tree together to put up in his home (now our home). He didn’t have any ornaments, but I had plenty from my childhood. Since some were outdated, I ended up going on a massive ornament shopping spree. Since then, each year I’ve made it a tradition of my own to give my husband a new ornament for Christmas. It’s one I’ve grown to love since each year it’s a fun challenge to get him a new one that I know he’ll really enjoy.
This year, I got him a Hallmark National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ornament. We love Christmas Vacation! If I have the movie on TV, my husband can recite it from any other room in the house. It’s ridiculous!
Whether or not we give each other gifts each year, there’s always one purchase that’s an absolute must – a Christmas card. Sometimes my husband gets two cards – one naughty and one nice! This year, I found him the perfect card that pretty much combines both!
I love writing out thoughtful and meaningful cards. They allow you to say those things you don’t always get to say enough to the people you love. And after the eight years that my husband I have been together, he still has all of the cards (and some very long notes) that I’ve written saved in a drawer in our desk.
As for myself, I love this time of year when Christmas cards start arriving in the mail. I always make sure to set aside space in our house to display all of the cards we receive from family and friends over the holiday season. This year, I thought it might be fun to create a new display for cards!
So I created a DIY Christmas Card Hoop Wreath out of an embroidery hoop, mini clothespins, and some pom pom trim I had in my craft storage. This hoop wreath also works great in an office setting. It adds a festive touch and it’s functional! If you’re not displaying cards, this is the perfect place to hang those memos and notes hanging around your desk!
- Embroidery hoop (6″ or larger)
- Green acrylic paint
- Foam brush
- Mini clothespins
- Christmas washi tape
- Hot glue gun or E6000
- Pom pom trim
- Bow embellishment
- Baker’s twine
- If you’re not using a colorful embroidery hoop, paint your embroidery hoop green.
- With E6000 or a glue gun, attach mini clothespins around the hoop.
- Decorate the clothespins with Christmas washi tape.
- Glue pom pom trim around the back of the hoop.
- Attach a bow embellishment on the front and hang your Christmas Card Wreath with baker’s twine.
- Display cards or memos on your Christmas Card Hoop Wreath!
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