Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Here are our readers’ favorite Christmas posts for the 7 years Square Pennies has been online. I hope you like them too. Click on any of the red links for the original posts.
Our #1 Christmas post is all about one particular cookie that looks like an adorable hedgehog.
2. Twiggy Noel! This is such a popular trend that I have two posts for it.
Paint them silver, gold, red, or leave them natural–there are many fun ways to accent your decor. Sparkling twigs are a big favorite, and here are several ways to get the look you want.
We love this recipe so much! It’s great to have around for the holidays, especially if you have house guests. It is good for breakfast, snacks, desserts, and the midnight munchies. Bake a few loaves ahead of time and freeze. Put put a loaf out to thaw on Christmas Eve to enjoy in the morning while you unwrap gifts! You could also freeze loaves of banana bread and blueberry bread to serve on alternate days if your house guests are staying longer.
4. Grinch Punch
This simple recipe is a fun addition to Christmas parties (Grinch party?) or when you watch a Christmas movie.
“While sugar plums danced in their heads” is part of The Night Before Christmas .
This recipe is not the kind of sugar plums in the story, but these sugared fruits do look delicious!
Many Christmas ornaments look like sugared fruit, so it just seems real fruits that are sugared are perfect! You can place one at each place setting with a bow on the stem or place several in a bowl or on a platter for a beautiful centerpiece. Or make sugared grapes to place around the turkey! This recipe uses no egg white and is fairly healthy as holiday treats go. I love that it is inexpensive, elegant, and creates no new items to store away for next year!
This makes a great table centerpiece or just a beautiful arrangement on a side table. It looks like it was made in a florist shop, but you don’t have to tell anyone how easy it was to make. It makes a beautiful gift too.
Try the popular crafted gift wrap looks! Plain brown paper with bakers’ string and a sprig of greenery is a beautiful shabby chic look. Tie a scarf in the Japanese method for a very boutique-looking gift. Use bits and pieces of craft items to create an artful presentation. Take a look at some of these wrapped gifts for inspiration!
If this happens to you, here is a graceful way to handle the situation without having to add the giver to your annual gift list.
I love using pine cones in holiday decor. From rustic to ornate, they add a wonderful touch to your holidays. And if you collect them yourself, they are free!
I cannot begin to say how much I love these parties. They are so much fun! Check out these ideas for your own party!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
Wishing you peace, joy, and love.
And a cup of good hot cocoa!