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A Little Christmas

Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas

Is it a sign you're getting old when you truly start to believe that the holidays come earlier and earlier every year? Sigh.

Well here we are! Just a few days until Christmas. I've been meaning to share a few photos of the house for a while now, and I'm coming in just under the wire, eh? This is actually the first year in all 6 years we've been married that we actually got a Christmas Tree (and it's real! So extra points for us, right?). I've actually loved having it way more than I thought it would. The warm glow it gives off as we cuddle up on the couch each night together is just a teeny bit magic. It feels so magic in and of itself I opted to keep decorations really simple and just went with a few metal stars all over.

How is everyone's holiday season going so far? I am so excited to just chill and eat cookies all day - bring on Christmas!

Christmas Tree in a Jar

My mom is getting together a little Christmas package to send to my "japanese sister" (the exchange student who lived with my family all last year) and asked me to make a little something. I wasn't sure what to make, but I've been seeing these little faux-terrariums (well, really they're just miniature diaramas I guess, but that doesn't sound very magical, does it?) and I happened across a bunch of little bottle-brush Christmas trees at a thrift store and thought it might be fun to make her a little "Christmas tree in a Jar" since she lives on one of the more tropical islands.

It's super simple. Starting with a plain ol' mason jar (or really any jar, and it can depend on what size tree you have), I hot-glued the bottle-brush tree (these are easy to find in craft stores too) to the lid. I used some pretzel salt we had (you could also use that "snow in a can" stuff they have at craft stores) and glued some around the base of the tree and added just a little extra to the jar for "loose snow". Then I glued the lid and ring onto the jar (just to make sure there's no accidents).

This is so quick and cute, I feel like it would be a great craft to do with little kids. Plus, they would probably love giving it a shake and seeing all the "snow" fly around:)