Holidays, Getting Ready!

Psst…did you know tomorrow is December 1…

Wasn’t it just Halloween??


holiday glasses


This is the time of year where you just have to B E L I E V E  you’re going to get everything done!


Xmas planter


Have you been decking your halls?


Christmas candy cottages


The “South Pole” is done




And pumpkin packing up is in progress at the “North Pole”




This week I’ve been hurrying to get the Advent Calendar ready


Advent calendar


And gathering ideas for the elves, “Gumdrop” and “Minty,”  they will be arriving soon!




They get into all kinds of mischief!



elf table


Sneaking oranges…




selling Sno Cones!


sno cone elf


I have my own elf that watches over the Advent Calendar to prevent peeking  👀


elf on guard


There’s a phone booth nearby in case we have to report bad behavior to Santa




You can see my Pinterest board for Advent Calendar and Elf on the Shelf ideas here




I buy inexpensive treats and toys at the $dollar store, Target bargain bin, Walmart





One day they might get a candy treat or a little toy,




The next day they might get a note that says,

Do something nice for your Dad today, or straighten up your toys,

or a note that suggests an activity, like draw and color a Christmas tree




Christmas hats are fun, these were in the Target dollar bins for $3

Things that are too big for the bags get hidden with a note in their bag that says

Treasure Hunt!




This year on Dec 1, they will go on a treasure hunt and find their new Christmas PJs, Elf on the Shelf of course!



I’ve also been refreshing some of my decor




This mailbox swag was looking tired




I took the old faded things off




and replaced the old stuff with 2 new ornaments and added a festive bow with ribbon I already had



Pretty cute for $4!




The front door wreath also got an update, with a chalk board sign in the center, and Santa boots and a letter to Santa



What are you up to this week?

The Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop by Celebrate and Decorate is going on right now , and you don’t want to miss a day!!




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I hope you’ll come back on Friday to see my table, 

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14 Responses to “Holidays, Getting Ready!”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, I know your grands have as much fun opening their advent goodies as you do shopping for them! I always check out the Dollar Spot (now mostly $3 spot 🙂 in Target…those hats are the cutest! It makes me wish I had some little ones to buy for!

  2. You certainly have a festive home!

  3. Ha ha be careful! Those elves are trouble! Your Advent calendar is so flippin’ cute. I truly love it!

  4. This advent calendar is fabulous! Now I need a little someone to make one for! Very clever with the bags and treats. And every single photo tells me that magical winter wonderland with a lot of “Ho, ho, ho!” in store!

  5. Jacqueline says:

    Yes, where oh where did November go? I blinked and it was gone.
    Love your advent calendar. What fun that would be to open. The elves are too cute. I love their snowcones. Fun idea to have them have a hunt for their jammies. That way, they can use them all season.

  6. I love the Elf on a Shelf, wish he was around when my boys were small! Have fun:@)

  7. I love your Advent Calendar!…great ideas…We always had a scavenger hunt on Christmas Day here for our granddaughter….Santa hid them you know….but alas, she is a pre-teen and we miss those days!…Will have to come up with something else…Happy decorating … and love your wreath and the re-furbished mail box swag.

  8. Kim says:

    I love the new look for the mailbox decoration. The ornaments match many new things I’m adding this year. Love the ribbon, too, with those cute little plaid buttons. I like your wreath and the M. You have some great things there for the kiddos. Love those PJ’s!

    • Thank you Kim, my husband said this morning, “when are you going to do something about the mantel?” I mean really, it’s only Dec 1! I need to send him back to work 🙂


  9. JESS44903 says:

    You have gorgeous decor!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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