Holidays, Christmas is Coming!

I am trying to get my thoughts together for the holidays,

I want to finish getting the house decorated,

check my list for gifts bought and wrapped…

All the usual holiday stuff,

but I am not feeling all that great,

I think it’s just allergies and exhaustion…

so let’s take a peek back at the best of Christmas

from the past 8 years and see if we can both get inspired!

2012 Some Elf Mischief

Elf Mischief Children’s Table features a table covered with freezer paper {or butcher’s paper} with the children’s names painted in big letters

The centerpiece is an Elf on the Shelf perched in a Santa vase full of candy canes and fishing in a candy bowl with a straw pole with a ribbon line. Painted ice cream cones trimmed with cotton sit at each child’s place

2013 Santa’s Beverage Sack

This is a simple way to dress up a beverage tub, cover it with a festive fabric, secure it with a bow tied ribbon and call it Santa’s sack!

It will look great on your buffet or at your beverage station and can be full of icy drinks, water or wine

2014 Dinner in a Stocking

Here’s a much appreciated gift for friends, neighbors, anyone on your list!

Choose a tried and true simple recipe and fill a stocking with the ingredients* to make it. Add a recipe card and this gift is wrapped and ready to go!

*make a note of any refrigerated ingredients, like meat, with a note to purchase, i.e. “Add 1 pound ground beef

2015 Coconut Rum Snowball in a Jar

These jars are easy to assemble, easy to deliver, and are full of ingredients to make a treat to eat!

Mix the jar ingredients with cream cheese and serve with fruit, cookies, or graham crackers. You could make a gift basket and fill it with fruit and cookie packages and tuck in the festive jar

2016 Hark the Herald Angels Sing

This is one of my favorite tablescapes and it is created with handmade angels, painted bottles, and lots of silver and gold sparkle…

2017 Snowy Cookie Tree and Coal Candy

This cookie tree is made with store bought cookies and icing. It’s easy to assemble and makes a great centerpiece, and when dinner’s done, you can eat it for dessert!

Coal Candy

2018 Hallmark Christmas Movie Table

2019 Make your own Holiday Gift Bags

Plain white bags from the craft store with colored holiday lights can be made in a jiffy and will make whatever is tucked inside, extra special!

Even if our celebrations this year are different,

we can still fill our homes and hearts

with Merry & Jolly Holiday Cheer!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

  Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Creative Cumpulsions Fridays with Friends

30 Responses to “Holidays, Christmas is Coming!”
  1. Henriann Woleben says:

    Take time for yourself. Between storms and the pandemic, you have reason to be tired. Your posts are always inspiring, but please take care~

  2. You remind me about making my own gift bags! I was going to do that this summer. Ah, well! There might be time to do a few before the fa la la gets too crazy! And I second Henriann’s sentiment. Take it easy. (I know. Me too.) You’ve had a year….

  3. Martha says:

    Everything looks fantastic. I especially like the silver and god tablescape. Get some rest and take care of yourself Jenna!

  4. Rhonda says:

    Jenna, Sorry to hear that you’re not feeling up to par. All the stress of this year can definitely do a number on us. Prayers for rest and for feeling better soon. Loved the look back — had forgotten some of those posts. You are always so creative and I enjoy getting to see your creativity and trying to emulate some of it. God Bless!!

  5. I love the meal in a stocking idea! I know a couple of neighbors…

  6. Be well my friend, and recharge those batteries!

  7. says:

    Enjoyed the Christmas inspiration. Oh sweet Jenna. Please get some rest and do take some time for yourself. I have allergies too. My mercy, some days are better than others.. My granny used to say, “Baby, you gotta take care of yourself so nobody else will have too”. Hope you feel better real soon. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Sandra Magle says:

    Love your fat reindeer on the last table. Lots of great ideas, love the recipe one. Might be better than baking for people…! ??? Usually we make gift baskets of home-canned tomatoes, sauces and pickles and jellies/jams. Hugs, Sandi

  9. Rita C. says:

    You are so very talented Jenna! BUT…..I am concerned for you. Get a test if you keep feeling tired. I know several who thought they just had allergies but it was COVID, my daughter being one of them!

  10. Love all of this inspiration. Please take care, Jenna! Rest…rest…rest!

  11. Nancy says:

    Great ideas! Love the meal in a stocking!
    Please take care Jenna… rest and recharge.

  12. Elaine R. says:


    Praying you feel better soon…rest for your body & mind…Peace.

  13. thefrenchhutch says:

    Take time to rest, you’ve been going at lighting speed! This is the time for sniffles and those pesky allergies, I know! Love looking back with you, such fabulous ideas an always inspiring. I am finishing up with the little bit of decorations I have out and I’ll be finished, I think! Take care and enjoy the season……..

  14. What lovely ideas! I especially like the idea of a dinner in a stocking.

  15. Pam says:

    Hope you feel better, Jenna! Oh my goodness, these are such fun ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

  16. I am so sorry you’re not feeling well. I hope it’s short-lived. So many fantastic ideas in this post!


  17. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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