Thursday, 30 June 2016

Countdown to CIJ 2016!

June 30
Welcome to Christmas in July 2016!  25 days of dreaming and getting in the Christmas spirit.   Here’s a summary of previous posts for CIJ that were published in What makes me happy if you want to revisit some of them.

2009
*        Ways to confuse Santa
*        Oreo balls
*        Ornaments I made for Christmas 2009 ( birds)
*        Mini-clothes garland I crocheted

2010
Every day is 1 recipe, 1 ornament and 1 joke. 
Day 1
*        Snowman Christmas recipes
*        Christmas tree softie
Day 2
*        Marshmallow-cocoa candy recipe
*        Country-angel craft
Day 3
*        Santa cheeseball
*        Santa spoon
Day 4
*        Christmas lake display recipe
*        Sweets garland craft
Day 5
*        Christmas wreath recipe
*        Mini-hanging longjohns + poem
Day 6
*        Christmas tree appetizer
*        Kitty angel ornament
Day 7
*        Coconut snowman recipe
*        Snowman wreath craft
Day 8
*        Microwave jam
*        Holiday cane cone wreath
Day 9
*        Meringue snowman cookies
*        Wishing spool
Day 10
*        Charlie Brown lollipops
*        Elf Entrance
Day 11
*        Black Forest trifle
*        Elf boot stocking
Day 12
*        Towering tree cake
*        Homemade block ornies
Day 13
*        Hot chocolate cone
*        Santa bottle gift bag
Day 14
*        Cheese tree appetizer
*        Snowman advent calendar
Day 15
*        Hazelnut-mocha sauce
*        Pine-cone lighted basket
Day 16
*        Pizza pocket wreath
*        Snowman placecards
Day 17
*        Marinated olive-feta jar
*        Candy cane jar craft
Day 18
*        Chocolate spoons
*        Hanging mitten ornament
Day 19
*        Bateaux poulet/canneberges
*        Mitten ornament tutorial
Day 20
*        Skating snowman
*        Almond-berries quickbread
Day 21
*        Carrot cake bar
*        Santa hat tutorial
Day 22
*        Fudge I make at Christmas
*        Snowman soup
Day 23
*        Christmas breakfast casserole
*        Edible popcorn balls craft
Day 24
*        Sandwich Christmas tree
*        Fabric candy cane

Day 25
*        Christmas tree fruit brochettes
*        Gingerbread tree
Day 26
*        Deep-chocolate brownies
*        Christmas ball
Day 27
*        Butterscotch brownies
*        Candycane signpost ornament
Day 28
*        Curried lentil soup – Gift in a jar
*        Candy cane – centre de table
Day 29
*        BBQ spice rub – Gift in a jar
*        Nuts & bolts Santa, snowman and angel
Day 30
*        Crescent wreath
*        Half-eaten gingerbread man ornie
Day 31
*        Christmas tree pizza
*        Christmas napkins

2011
*        Day 1 – Christmas vacation with hot-chocolate on a stick
*        Day 2 – Bathroom decors
*        Day 3 – Running shoe and jeans stocking
*        Day 4 – Stocking stuffer ideas for young adults
*        Day 5 – My Christmas menu
*        Day 6 – Burlap tree cone
*        Day 7 – Hot coco mix snowman jar
*        Day 8 – Elf movie and pretzel hugs
*        Day 9 – Decorating the car
*        Day 10 – Gingerbread man pillow
*        Day 11 – Rag garland tutorial with lights
*        Day 12 – Golf ball ornament
*        Day 13 – Gift card holders
*        Day 14 – Renting a cottage with family
*        Day 15 – You’ve got mail movie and rhumballs
*        Day 16 – Gingerbread man apron
*        Day 17 – snowman stew
*        Day 18 – Christmas book suggestions
*        Day 19 – Snowman popcorn wrappers
*        Day 20 – Family recipe book
*        Day 21 – Gifts of hope
*        Day 22 – Jack Frost movie + Frosty cheeseball
*        Day 23 – Melted snowman craft
*        Day 24 – Glitter church
*        Day 25 – Miracle on 34th street and s’mores jar

2012

For 2012 I did Surprise Sunday, Merry Monday, Treats Tuesday, Winter Wonderland Wednesday, Tradition Thursday, Falala Friday Family nights and Santa Sunday.

*        Day 1 – Softie spiraled Christmas tree craft, Christmas card (Christmas door), candy-cane Christmas tag.
*        Day 2 – Polar Express party theme (cake, party table & food, believe bells)
*        Day 3 – Creamy crockpot hot-coco and hot-chocolate truffles
*        Day 4 – Pictures of Quebec city at Christmas time
*        Day 5 – Tourtière and yule log recipes
*        Day 6 – Polar Express movie and trivia
*        Day 7 – Santa initial ornaments, Santa ball ornament
*        Day 8 – Christmas subway art
*        Day 9 – Party theme – The Grinch (tree, frame, wreath)
*        Day 10 – Grinch punch, Grinch drink, Grinch cookies
*        Day 11 – Pictures of winter
*        Day 12 – Family tradition ideas
*        Day 13 – The Grinch movie and trivia
*        Day 14 – Santa hat ornies
*        Day 15 – Grinch pills, Whoville hat
*        Day 16 – Gingerbread theme – garlands
*        Day 17 – Gingerbread cookies
*        Day 18 – Pictures of Santa
*        Day 19 – Pictures of Gingerbread houses and log cabin
*        Day 20 – Chitty-Chitty Bang-bang movie and trivia
*        Day 21 – Santa cookies
*        Day 22 – Gingerbread towel, Gingerbread wood decor
*        Day 23 – Beach Theme Christmas (Santa ornie – Gone to the beach, Mele Kalakimaka song and Christmas vacation movie)
*        Day 24 – Hawaiian dessert recipe
*        Day 25 – Pictures of Christmas Window displays
2013
*        Day 1 – Christmas spirit
*        Day 2 – My Christmas notebook
*        Day 3 – Christmas year-round preplist
*        Day 4 – Rudolph day notebook
*        Day 5 – Friday night at the movies – A Christmas Story, leg-lamp craft and leg-lamp cookies
*        Day 6 – Handmade gifts I made for 2013
*        Day 7 – Christmas journal writing topics list 1
*        Day 8 – Christmas journal writing topics list 2
*        Day 9 – Christmas journal writing topics list 3
*        Day 10 – Christmas journal writing topics list 4
*        Day 11 – Christmas journal writing topics list 5
*        Day 12 – Friday night at the movies – Christmas with the Kranks (Christmas vest and ham crockpot recipe)
*        Day 13 – DIY gift ideas
*        Day 14 – My Christmas movie inventory
*        Day 15 – My Christmas music inventory
*        Day 16 – Monthly MHH topics
*        Day 17 – Christmas food art
*        Day 18 – Getting in shape BEFORE Christmas
*        Day 19 – Friday night at the movies – The Santa Clause (3 dvds) and bleach-bottle Santa craft
*        Day 20 – Movie night basket
*        Day 21 – Staying Zen for the Holidays
*        Day 22 – Christmas centerpiece
*        Day 23 – MHH friends
*        Day 24 – Tea day (tea bag wreath and poem, candles in a teacup craft)
*        Day 25 – Funny family picture to add to Christmas card

2014
*        Day 1 – Old-Fashioned theme and old-fashioned Christmas tree pictures
*        Day 2 – Handmade Christmas tree garlands
*        Day 3 – Old-fashioned ornaments
*        Day 4 – Ornaments made from things found in nature
*        Day 5 – Ornaments with dried fruits
*        Day 6 – Ornaments made from felt or fabric
*        Day 7 – Candy to decorate the tree
*        Day 8 – Other things added to tree for ornaments (old spoons, salt ornaments, cookie cutters, etc..)
*        Day 9 – Finishing touches for the tree (lace, ribbons)
*        Day 10 – Tree skirts
*        Day 11 – Decorating the house
*        Day 12 – Wreaths
*        Day 13 – Beverage recipes -  egg-nog and mulled wine
*        Day 14 – Maple syrup and mustard glazed ham
*        Day 15 – Old-fashioned cookie recipes (Gingerbread men, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies)
*        Day 16 – Handmade gifts
*        Day 17 – Gift-wrapping
*        Day 18 – Nativity scene
*        Day 19 – Old-fashioned traditions
*        Day 20 – Christmas stockings
*        Day 21 – Old-fashioned stocking stuffer ideas
*        Day 22 – Old-fashioned butter dish craft
*        Day 23 – Books to read for an old-fashioned Christmas spirit
*        Day 24 – Advent calendars
*        Day 25 – Old-fashioned Christmas-themed movies

2015
Gifts in a jar
*        Day 1 – Hot-chocolate and Baileys
*        Day 2 – Decorating Masson jars
*        Day 3 – Buying Masson jars
*        Day 4 – Journal in a jar
*        Day 5 – Friendship soup in a jar
*        Day 6 – Crafts in a jar
*        Day 7 – Candy in a jar and decorating the jars
*        Day 8 – Movie night in a jar and bark recipes
*        Day 9 – Jar for coffee lovers and cappuccino mix in a jar
*        Day 10 – Snowman in a jar
*        Day 11 – Memory jar
*        Day 12 – Relaxation jar with diy recipes (turmeric mask, homemade chocolate coconut sugar scrub, coconut oil hair mask, cocoa bath salts, creamy milk bath)
*        Day 13 – Cookie recipes in a jar (chocolate-chip fudge cookies, raisin and chocolate gluten-free cookie mix, gluten-free raisinet and chocolate-chip cookies)
*        Day 14 – Gifts in a jar for gardeners
*        Day 15 – Card-making and tags jar
*        Day 16 – Relaxation (spa) jar
*        Day 17 – Jars of rub recipes (handmade savory herb rub, Carolina BBQ rub, magic rub seasoning)
*        Day 18 – Winter activity jar
*        Day 19 – Potpourri in a jar
*        Day 20 – Spiced tea mix, instant vanilla chai mix
*        Day 21 – Cocktail mix jars
*        Day 22 – Christmas activity jar
*        Day 23 – Homemade crockpot apple butter
*        Day 24 – Hot-fudge sauce

*        Day 25- Christmas enjoy jar