Happy Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, loves! As always, we are so happy to have you all, and wish you the most wonderful holiday! Hope you all get today to relax with everyone you care for, and stuff your bellies so full it hurts. Have a lovely long weekend, and we’ll see you soon!

Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts

We’re finally at the short week we’ve all been waiting for! And we are so excited to have some down time with family & friends. Not sure about you all, but for the past few years we’ve been feeling more and more like adults. We can discuss careers with our families at get togethers (and actually be semi-knowledgable), eat brussel sprouts voluntarily, and choose to have breakfast and coffee with our family on Christmas morning before opening gifts. It’s a nice change of pace to feel a little more mellowed out right before the holiday, and not anxiety-ridden about not falling asleep or else Santa won’t come.

But if there’s one thing that adults do for one another, it’s bring a gift for your hostess or host. It’s makes that person feel appreciated and special, and shows that you aren’t just there for the free food 🙂 And while a nice bottle of wine or beer will always be a wonderful gift, we’re looking at some nontraditional gifts for this holiday season. Here’s some things we’ve been eyeing that we know our party-throwing pals would appreciate:



Potted herb of your choice (image via)

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Wooden serving tray for all that food


Beverage mixer they normally wouldn’t splurge on


Feather bottle opener to make drinking beer that much more fun


Holiday scented candle

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Fuzzy blanket to unwind after the parties have ended



Advent Calendar Options

It’s December people! Ah – when did that happen? Thanksgiving is over and done with (we hope yours was amazing!), and the Christmas decorating season is upon us. Have you hung your lights and wreaths? We talked about advent calendars last year and although advent calendars tend to be a family thing, I’m still pretty excited, as a girl in her mid twenties! I’m so busy that I’m tempted to get this delicious reusable option, but I’m hoping to get my DIY on this week. With beautiful inspiration like this, how could I not at least try!

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Advent Calendar Craze

Since my family is German, we’ve been doing advent calendars my whole life. I didn’t know other people didn’t do them until I got older and none of my friends showed as much enthusiasm for them as I did. But these days I’ve been seeing a resurgence – in a modern way, and I have been blown away by some of these creative and beautiful pieces! I’ll always have a soft spot for the traditional ones though; a small piece of paper with an adorable German landscape, with little woodland creatures coming to hang out with the school children in a beautiful old city! Here’s an example of one that might hang in my parents or grandparents’ home:gm_AdventCalendar_Vintage

Now onto the amazingly creative and modern advent calendars!gm_AdventCalendar_MerryThoughtRustic and cabiny, this nature inspired calendar is quite the focal point! Instructions on how to make this beauty can be found here.gm_AdventCalendar_OhHappyDayI absolutely love this one because my apartment is tiny, so this could totally work as a tree alternative as well! We usually get a mini tree, but this has such a presence! *Also, I had no idea that the fabric is from Ikea, and while I checked online and couldn’t find this one specifically (probably in store), I noticed so many other festive and fun fabrics.gm_AdventCalendar_AFewThingsThis homemade clean and crisp idea will fit into any home.gm_AdventCalendar_OhHappyDay2gm_AdventCalendar_OhHappyDay3Oh Happy Day! does it again with her adorably wild DIY ideas! These 2 completely different, but absolutely amazing projects double as full decoration on a sideboard or a bright and cheery wall hanging.gm_AdventCalendar_ChrisLovesJuliaA wooden refillable calendar to use for years and years. Beautifully made by Chris Loves Julia. gm_Advent_modernYour non traditional color schemes that will catch anyone’s attention! 1 // 2 // 3

There are so many fun ideas out there, and I hope next year I can get myself into gear early enough to come up with my own project! But for now, it’s just great to see how many other people out there appreciate the advent calendar as much as I do!

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