12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 12 Read a Holiday Book #12JollyDays

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I have had so much fun sharing our holiday family traditions with you over the past twelve days. The final activity I want to share is one that is so simple yet so beautiful. Reading. Grab your favorite Christmas book and cuddle up in your jammies by the tree or cozy in bed and…read together.

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We try to read a holiday book every night…like an Advent calendar. A countdown to Christmas in books.

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Below are a few of our favorite Christmas books…

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  • Very Merry First Christmas by Jennifer Dewing
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus by by Chris Plehal and James Bernardin
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
  • God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren and David Hohn

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Very Merry First Christmas by Personal Creations. A magical story of Goose, Chipmunk and their furry friends who deliver a note about your child to Santa. Then, the animals adorn a tree with your child’s name spelled out in ornaments. Written by award-winning children’s author Jennifer Dewing and beautifully illustrated by artist Mati Rose McDonough.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Personalized Gifts for Everyone On Your List

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FOR KIDS

1. My Very Own Puzzle: These are super cute, personalized puzzles that come in a variety of designs for boys or girls. Even the box it comes in is personalized. Great gift!

2. KidKraft Baby Doll Cradle: Amelia loves imitating mommy with her baby dolls. I love watching her care for her dolls. She rocks them and feeds them and brushes their hair. That’s why I thought she would love this KidKraft Baby Doll Cradle. It’s beautifully crafted of wood and features lovely scalloped edges. It comes with a purple blanket and pillow covered with butterflies. Plus, it is personalized with an name. 

3. Plush Teddy Bear: This bear is so soft and big and cuddly! The ribbon is personalized and such makes a sweet baby gift.

4. Youth Art Set: Just like most kids, Lucas loves art. He loves to draw and paint and be creative. This personalized art set contains oil pastel crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints, brushes and more. 80 pieces are held neatly in this attractive wooden case, complete with metal latches to close and a handle for carrying. It’s a wonderful gift to encourage creativity in kids. 

5. Rolling Duffle Bag: This is the perfect bag for young athletes or travelers. It is a large duffle with wheels so it’s easy to transport.

6. Take Along Chair: This chair is one of Amelia’s favorite things. She sits in it every day. What I love is that it looks beautiful in our home, it’s super light (even Amelia can drag it to wherever she wants), and the cover is removable and washable.

FOR HER

7. Character Charm Key Ring: This silver-plated key ring features up to 6 cute boy or girl charms that are each engraved with any single initial. I have one with a boy (L for Lucas) and a girl (A for Amelia). It’s perfect for moms!

8. Red Leather Jewelry BoxCrafted of genuine red leather, this sophisticated lizard-print case features a convenient carrying handle and elegant brass latch. The lift-out top tray has compartments for rings, earrings and other small items. The bottom of the case contains a watch case and removable snap-closure travel tray. The inside lid has a mirror and elasticized pouch for additional storage.  

9. Cosmetic Bag: Every woman can use a small cosmetic bag for her purse or for travel. I love this quilted bag that comes in either rust paisley print, pink floral print, blue paisley print or purple floral print and is personalized with a single initial. 

10. Glass Keepsake Box: This little box is beautiful. It is one of my favorite things. I have one and I gave one to my mom last year, but I love it so much that I had to include it here again. It is the perfect spot to hold your rings, small bracelets, or any little trinket. It sits right on top of my large armoire type jewelry box in my room. Crafted of pink quartz glass, it features brushed metal beaded trim, protective felt pads on the bottom of the dainty legs and a dangling heart charm on the front. The hinged lid is personalized with any single script initial or any message up to 3 lines, up to 18 characters per line. 

FOR HIM

11. Pocket KnifeThis pocket knife is the perfect gift for the outdoorsman or DIY guy (like my husband). He has one that I gave him this past Father’s Day and he uses it all the time. features a contoured handle with wood accents, a belt clip, and a 3 ½” stainless steel blade. It’s laser engraved up to three initials on the handle, which really makes this the type of knife that will be treasured for generations.

12. Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag: This is such a handsome bag made of a durable 100% cotton canvas and genuine leather. It will fit a small laptop (fits my 13in Macbook Pro) and other business essentials. Roomy, lightweight, olive green messenger bag is rugged enough for everyday use. Two exterior zipper compartments hold pens, keys and more.

13. Smoking’ Hot BBQ Cutting Board: A smoking’ hot cutting board for the man in your life! Durable wood cutting board is attractive enough to use as a serving tray, as well. It has a deep moat to collect excess juices so he won’t have to worry about making a mess. It is laser engraved with any name, up to 12 characters.

14. Wood Valet: This sophisticated wood valet is just the thing to keep his electronics (including a tablet which fits in the back), wallet, keys, eyeglasses, and loose change handy and organized. A filer slot in back holds important papers and notes. Crafted of wood with a walnut finish.

FOR TEACHERS

15. On-the-Go Flower Tumbler: I love this pretty tumbler and think it’s a great gift for a teacher or neighbor. Just fill with some holiday treats or a gift card. 

16. Fun in the Sun Tote Bag: These are super cute and colorful tote bags perfect for teachers to carry supplies or for tweens and teens. Comes in bright pink, blue, lavender, lime green, black and orange.

17. Just For Her Latte Mug: This lovely latte mug can be personalized with a name and two lines of message. We will be giving to Lucas’ teachers so they are personalized with their name and a Montessori quote.

FOR THE HOME

18. Set of 3 Nesting Bowls: Vibrant colors and simple lines make these glazed stoneware bowls perfect for both dinner parties and everyday use. The large bowl is artfully sandblasted with your message and the entire 3-piece set nests easily for storage when not in use. Made of glazed stoneware.

19. Cheese Board and 3 Piece Knife Set: The wine and cheese lover will appreciate this eco-friendly rubber wood cutting board…and it holds a secret – a pullout drawer that has 3 cheese tools inside. The tools, ranging from 7-8 1/2″L, feature stainless steel handles, blades and forks. The box’s lid doubles as a cutting board. Laser engraved with any name, up to 10 characters and any year established.

20. Chalk It Up Wine Glasses: I can’t tell you how much I love these wine glasses – they have a chalkboard stem and it’s also etched on the front. We have a set of twelve which I had personalized with “Cheers” in different languages. Help guests distinguish their drinks by using an ordinary piece of chalk to write a name or personal message on the base of each glass.

21. Designer Pepper Mill: Complete your elegant tabletop with a classic peppermill in our beautiful designs. Features a handsome oak or cherry finish to complement any decor. Crafted of rubberwood with an oak or cherry finish and ceramic and stainless steel grinding components.

Give a Holiday Gift that Means Something #PCholiday

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Gift-giving is one of my favorite things. There’s something about giving a loved one a gift and seeing their face light up as they open it up. It’s truly priceless! However, what I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not about how much the gift cost or the latest trends – the perfect gift ultimately comes down to what it will mean to the person receiving it. I always try to find a gift that is unique and special for that person. Something that will mean something to them. A gift that they will always remember. That’s why I especially love giving a personalized gift. It’s so special to have something with your name on it or a special message. This year, several people of my holiday shopping list will be receiving a personalized gift from Personal Creations. Some of my favorites are below!

Personalized Glass Keepsake Box. I bought one of these for my mom and another for me. This box is simply stunning. You can have it etched with a single monogram or a special message. It’s the perfect place to drop your jewelry at the end of the day or to simply place out as decoration. It’s truly beautiful!

Trinket Box

Personalized Cuff Bracelet. I got this bracelet for my 12 year old niece. She is really into accessories right now and I think this bracelet will be perfect for her!

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Personalized Rag Doll. OK, seriously what little girl wouldn’t love one of these dolls with her name on it?! I honestly could have gotten one of these for every little girl on my list and each would have been happy!

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Personalized Stuffies. These are a huge hit with kids right now – even Lucas who is 6 years old wants one! These unique stuffed animals have 7 top-secret pockets so kids can hide toys, keepsakes, pajamas and more. This specific cutie will be for my nephew, Enzo. I think he’s going to love it!

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All of the items pictured above can be purchased at PersonalCreations.com. There’s still time to order and receive by Christmas!

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