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Hello, Friends!

Well, we have successfully celebrated another Christmas here in the McMillen household.  Our motto this year was “It’s not what’s under your tree that matters… it only matters who’s around it”.   My boys genuinely embraced that attitude.  For Christmas Eve, we had a nice spread of finger foods and several of the boys’ friends dropped by and visited.  There was lots of chatter and laughter and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and each other.

There were no presents under the tree this year and quite honestly, there hasn’t been for a few years now.   The good part is, we’re all ok with that.  The kitten plopped himself down on the tree skirt this morning and took a nap while we ate our traditional cinnamon rolls and had coffee.   I slipped in a little crafting while my ham was baking and this evening we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with a guest once more.  I count myself very blessed.

I was watching a video on etiquette a while back and was sort of stunned to find out that it is proper to send out Thank You notes for Christmas presents.   I don’t know why it never occurred to me that you should do that.

So, today’s Technique Lover’s Challenge on SCS is making quick and easy to reproduce Christmas thank you notes.  One more chance to use those Christmas stamps!! 🙂

Here’s my card:

And, since I didn’t receive any gifts and haven’t for quite a few years, I thought these would be great for our service personnel (i.e. postman, garbage man, etc.).   In Canada, Australia and Great Britain, there is Boxing Day.  It falls on the day after Christmas and is the day that people give these types of “Thank You” gifts to service persons.  It’s also the day for giving to the needy.

So, to go with my Thank You (which my mail lady will receive), I made a little gifty…

This fun little cone shaped box is perfect for holding candies or cash!

If you’d like the template, you can e-mail me @ [email protected] and I will send it to you.   Please request either a jpg or pdf file.

And together I think they make a handsome little pair…

Here are my details:

Stamps:  There She Goes Clear Stamps’ Holly Jolly

Papers: GP White, Cherry Cobbler, Acetate (box)

Ink: Versamark, Riding Hood Red

Accessories: 1/8″ white grosgrain, red/white twine, holly ribbons embossing folder, circle punches, xacto knife, sticky tape, hole punch. 1/2 pearls


Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you get a chance, stop by the challenge forums on Splitcoaststampers and play along with our challenge!



5 Responses to “~ Many Reasons to be Thankful ~”

  1. on 25 Dec 2011 at 21:41Chelsea

    What a lovely set! All of your recipients will be thrilled with such a delightful “thank you” gift. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. It is a gift you give us all year long!

  2. on 25 Dec 2011 at 23:16Marisa

    Love your thank you package. It is so nice being able to treat those who serve us – mailmen/women, garbage collectors, newspaper boys etc. Sure she will love it 🙂

    Love your statement about it’s not what is under the tree but who is around it. Christmas is so much about family, people and what a great way to be able to focus on what is truly important 🙂

    Huge Christmas hugs to you 🙂

  3. on 28 Dec 2011 at 09:58Beth Norman

    What a nice little surprise. I know it was well appreciated. I just finished off writing my thank you notes–and it might even beat my daughter home from.

  4. on 28 Dec 2011 at 20:24Jessica

    Beautiful job Holly! You are such a wonderful mother and I look up to you so much <3

  5. on 07 Dec 2012 at 17:22hermes bags

    This post is useful and helpful.

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