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It’s Christmas time, the most wonderful time of the year… sounds trite maybe but it really is how I feel. I have been a Christmas fanatic all my life, the food, the gifts, the music, the happy smiles on everyone and let’s not forget the decorations and the Christmas Trees ( and yes plural because I may have more than one)
My tree is in the living room and is what some may call a theme tree
or maybe I could say a Hallmark Ornament Theme.
in my home regardless of the room you are in you will find Christmas.
Lets not forget the Christmas Cards, Christmas cards and snail mail really say Merry Christmas. There is just something about opening the mailbox and seeing envelopes holding cards, that shout happy holidays right? Kent and I have maintained the holiday tradition of mailing Christmas cards and in return we seem to get a lot of cards and for me they need to be displayed.
I have always believed that Christmas Cards have the ability to not just say I am thinking about you but they tell a story of what that special person means to you, kind of like a Hallmark Greeting Card right, when you care enough to send the very best ( to quote a fav saying from my childhood) Hallmark Greeting Cards are the perfect way to show you care and they truly work well for any holiday, special occasion, or just because. For us, any day is the perfect day to send a Hallmark greeting card to someone you love. ( and we often act on that sentiment) Kent and I have been known to stand in the Greeting Card aisle for hours reading the cards, chuckling, shedding a tear or just letting that smile spread across our face as we find the perfect card.
Cool fact for you, this year, 2015, Walmart and Hallmark have teamed up so the Ornament selection include 16 Walmart exclusives, resin figurines, Holiday Barbie, new deco figurines and more, so hello guess where I went, exclusives are exclusives and I thought I just might be able to find the perfect ornament to match the perfect Hallmark Card. ( and I did).
( the Ornaments are not in the same area as the cards, I suggest you head to Seasonal or Christmas Decor at your local Walmart to check out their selection of Ornaments)
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Peanuts so I found two amazing Hallmark cards at Walmart and the Lionel card just screamed out please find the matching ornament, so Nicolas should have a pleasant surprise right? ( still hunting for Lucy, she seems very popular and thus very elusive to find but I have not yet given up)
and then hello Chewbacca, this has been Kent’s pet name ( no pun intended) for Ryan for years so this Hallmark Card just jumped into my cart. ( but I could not find the matching Ornament at my Walmart but I did find a caddyshack one that was perfect for Kent, he use to dance like the groundhog so finding the Groundhog in a Hallmark Ornament, well the perfect addition to his tree)
for me the holidays include sitting at the kitchen table with a drink in hand and a snack at the ready as we write special messages in each card.
and snack at the ready means a special snack that screams Christmas, that special treat that I may not have everyday, this is not a chocolate bar moment folks this is a decadent holiday memory moment so,
I usually purchase a premade gingerbread cookie dough and place a small amount in each section of the mini muffin tray. Using my thumb I created a little nest in each. You can make your own gingerbread of course but for me purchasing the premade dough gave us extra time to spend together.
The caramel filling, well easy peasy I had dulce de leche on hand so why make my own caramel right??? There are many options available, from creating your own caramel filling to purchasing premade but again for the holidays I like expediting the process so there is more time to enjoy the yumminess.( and write my messages in my cards)
The topping is white chocolate mousse, and this step I found best to make my own, and the only caution I throw out to you is when it says carefully fold in, truly take your time with this step and do not over mix.
I also found it fun to take the extra mousse and fill little shooter glasses for those who may want a simpler treat
so excuse me the cards are calling my name ( or maybe that is the gingerbread and mousse, not sure, but something is calling me back to the table to finish writing the cards ( actually its probably Kent, tired of sitting by himself right).
There are more great holiday card ideas if you like trying new thingsplus head over and tell me which ornament you’re most looking forward to this season. and please don’t forget to leave a comment I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions!
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