... In the frosty air.

This morning Wren officially opened his first gift from the pile of Advent items! It was a little plastic toy dog figurine, she adores trinkets like that and was thrilled. As soon as we dropped her off at school the snow started coming down, so I guess that signals the official start of the Holiday Season!

I have abandoned my usual latte the past week or so for piping hot mulled cider, that smell filling the house bright and early of all the cinnamon and spices just adds to the Holiday cheer I can't help but feel this year.

I am a holiday baby (December 23, I actually came home from the hospital in a stocking!) so I sometimes feel an internal struggle to not be TOO Christmas-y until we hit the Birthday week since Wren is also a holiday baby and I always want her to feel like her day is not an afterthought to the holidays. But both her and I have been decorating and crafting in full Holiday style, with carols blasting and baking treats like it's going out of style. It just feels like it will be a VERY merry Christmas,  and most of all I'm so impressed that for a nearly 8 year old girl she's barely made mention of what gifts she wants or expects and she actually surprised me by putting the very first wrapped gift under the tree! (I'm guessing she made it herself since she doesn't do any shopping LOL).

So we will continue with our trimming and baking and singing and spreading of cheer, and if you feel like joining in, well the more the merrier!

Scandi Inspired Holiday Tree Bags

This is such a fun and easy little Holiday project, although it's so easy I almost can't call it a project. 

The only things you need to complete it are two white paper lunch bags, a pair of scissors and a plant (in this case a $5 mini Christmas tree!).

Before opening the bags I cut them roughly down to roughly 2/3rds their height. Then I opened them up and put one bag inside the other. This is just because I found one bag wasn't quite thick enough to not see the pot inside. Then I folded down the top lip twice to cover the trimmed edge. I also recommend potting your plant in a vessel that doesn't have bottom drainage holes to keep from getting the bags wet, just pot them as usual.

See? So simple and cute! I ordered a pack of 100 of these bags on Amazon for about $8, because I can think of about 100 good ideas for simple white bags (we're gonna custom paint some for Wren's Birthday goodie bags!).

They make a perfect hostess gift, or add a couple little ornaments or a star and give them to a friend or teacher! 

Adding a little paint would be a fun way to customize them to your decor as well if the white bag is a little on the boring side for you!

I already have a few around the house, but I'm sure I'll add a couple more in little spots around the house before the holidays are through!