Saturday, July 9, 2011

Give Away! Christmas in July!

christmas july original photo credit here

When I was a kid it seemed like retailers were all the time having “Christmas in July” sales where they would have Santa on the beach in swim trunks, drinking an icy fruit drink and lapping up the sun.  I dont see this term thrown around as much these days, maybe it’s lost its appeal, but I’m bringing it back for this give away!

For the super-organized or the type who likes to give home-made, hand-made gifts for Christmas, July is actually not an unreasonable time to start thinking about the December holiday.  If you’re going to be stuffing people’s stockings with hand-made goodies, now is the time to start thinking about what you’re going to be making and how long it might take to make them.

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To that end, I am giving away two lovely Martha Stewart Christmas resources on making Christmas handmade.  The first is The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Handmade Christmas, a hard-cover, 144-page book filled with directions on how to make everything from candles to ornaments to gift-wrapping to make your Christmas extra special.  The other is a special edition of Martha Stewart Living entitled Martha Stewart Holiday: Have Yourself a Handmade Christmas, filled with 120 glossy photos of great ideas for handmade gifts, decorations, and good eats.  Both are in excellent used condition (I bought them both new but have used them very gently; the magazine still has tear-out advertisement cards in it!).  Truth be told Im almost a little weary to give them away they are such lovely resources, but I admit I have a number of Christmas books and it just took my fancy to bless someone with this lovely holiday collection.

So, how to enter?  Simply leave a comment on this thread letting me know what your favourite thing to make (gift, decoration, or food) at Christmas is (I want some inspiration!), and if you are singing in anonymously, leave your name and email I can contact you if you are the winner.

This contest is open for any lady in Canada or the US (sorry to my overseas friends but the book will weigh enough to make international shipping too costly) and will run until the end of July.  Hope I am able to bless someone with this Christmas inspiration!

Blessings, ladies!


The Seasonal Family said...

I love decorating my trees with faux pearls. Makes it look elegant and fancy but keeps it cheap and simple. I also like to use the branches from the christmas tree that we cut to make some little decorations around the house.

Don't get me started with listening to Christmas music in July!! I already listen to it starting at the end of October!

The Armchair Housewife said...

Oh I am glad I am not the only dork who cant wait to get the Christmas music on. I can usually hold out until November, but then I cant help myself, much to caleb's shagrin. Im weird.. I usually start in November with the old pop christmas classics, like "its beginning to look a lot of christmas", the bing crosby collection, etc, and then by December Im sick of that and ready for the more traditional hymns, which is perfect as we approach the holiday. Yay Christmas! :)

Laura said...

Ooooo! How exciting!
Well as you know, I love to bake so I would have to say that is my favorite thing to do at Christmas.
Last year was probably my best Christmas ever. I had everything bought and wrapped by Dec 1st and the last few weeks before the big day, I was able to do baking and spending time (much more relaxed .. with my family).
I even purchased a ceramic mold for shortbread last year. It was so much fun!
Thanks for having the giveaway. :)


Sarah D. said...

In the past I would take all the photos I had taken of the family throughout the year (birthday parties, holidays, dinners, etc) and make a slideshow to music for everyone to watch at our Christmas dinner. It was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it! This past year I did not have time but managed to make some homemade granola as a little party favor. Everyone is usually stuffed after eating, so I thought some tasty granola would be a nice little thing to enjoy.

The Armchair Housewife said...

Laura- good for you about last year's christmas, man tht is awesome! I keep telling myself Im going to have one of those kind of years, and this just *might* be the year because Im planning to give all homemade gifts, mostly foods Ive canned or dried, and so I figure that will be done well before Christmas, so hopefully in November I can just put the goodies in a basket and voila, insta-Christmas.

Sarah- those slide shows sound awesome, you are amazing! And Im sure your granola was tasty, you are a chef master.

Vent Machine said...

I love to make tons of paper snowflakes at Christmas and decorate my windows and mirrors. I've also made 3D paper snowflakes for my Christmas tree too! As for food, some of the treats I like to make are molasses cookies,chocolate bark, and chocolate covered peanut butter balls! yum!

Jo said...

Just dropping by to say thanks so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog. Lovely to hear from you.

I have never celebrated Christmas in July - really should as it is winter here at the moment, the right weather for Christmas, unlike our hot summers. One year I really must get organised! But I doubt it will be this year. I'm in a bit of a muddle at the moment:)

Angela said...

You will have to wait to see on Wednesday, or should I say Rednesday what I will be making for Christmas gifts this year. What I used to give though was glass jars filled with cookie ingredients. Layered (chocolate chips, brown suguar, white sugar, flour)..than I would make home made tags and write the recipe on it. On the top of the glass jars I would add material and raffi ribbon. It looked so pretty. I also for one year did a pancake mixture for gifts. Another time was hot chocolate mix.

I've already started to shop for Christmas gifts by the way,,LOL

Mom Walds Place said...

Hello! It is so nice to meet you at Rednesday.

I already have my Christmas gift list ready, because I make most of the gifts. Time is ticking away!

My favorite gifts to make are zippered pouches. They can be made in any size, and can be as simple or "fancy" as my mood. They are quick to whip up on the machine, and I do a lot of them by hand. They are easy take-along projects.

If I am feeling extra generous, I can fill them too!

There are so many good reasons to make handmade gifts, thanks for encouraging people to try it. It would be lovely to be included in your give-away. I have never seen the "Holiday" one. How exciting!

Thank YOU! Mom Wald

Bloggymom said...

Thank you for the invite to join your giveaway. Nice to know others celebrate Christmas in July.

Anonymous said...

My friends and I do a homemade gift exchange each year. Last year I made them elegant chalkboard trays they could display in their kitchens. This year I'm going to make seashell glittery ornaments.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I love to make ornaments with my grandkids each year. I keep them as momentos of each year.

Anonymous said...

Several years ago I canned jars of fruit relish and tomato relish (known nowadays as chutney and there's several other names I can't think of now) for each of the women in my family.
I might do some layers of beans in a jar this year along with a recipe for "hearty bean soup". I received some last year and it was delicious. Mary Horst

SueLovesCherries said...

I could watch the Christmas movies all year long! What a great giveaway!

Abi's Blog said...

Oooh, I would love to win those books. :) My favorite "decorating" idea is my Christmas card with the grands - Last year, I made chef outfits - Christmas apron and chef hats and we made Christmas cookies for the pictures. This year I want to do a sleigh picture, although that may be a challenge since we live in east Texas! I also love putting up at least one tree in each room and hall.


Anonymous said...

My favorite thing to make at Christmas is our traditional Fondue dinner. With eight children ages 21 down to 3 it makes for a very interesting evening. We usually try to add some "surprise" addition to our traditional menu of Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Broccolli, Cauliflower, mushrooms, and French Bread. As far as a decoration type of thing I usually like to add to a cross-stitch ornament collection that center's around Jesus Christ. The added focus on the gospel that comes with Christmas is "a good thing." : )

Jann Olson said...

Ah, do I have to pick just one? I love decorating for Christmas. Vintage themed decor is my fav. But I also like to make handmade gifts. Last year I made advent calendars for each of my childrens family.Making each a crazy quilt this year. Then there is the food. We have a tradition that my kids (last year spouses came also) come and we bake Christmas candy all day long. At the end of the day everyone goes home with a few tins full of goodies.

Mrs Evans said...

Lets see, I LOVE Christmas, everything about it! The food, decorating, music, parties, and presents!!! I have been making most of the gifts for friends and family for the past few years. The last two years I have made cookies and chocolates, but that has been too stressful, its a LOT of last minute work, and I don't cope well with pressure, lol. This year I think I might make my closest loved ones throw blankets, now that I have got the hang of crocheting granny squares! I also make a mean pair of knit slippers, so a few people will be getting those as well. I think I'm going to make up a few dozen pair of mittens to give to charity too, as they are fun and there are always too many cold little hands in this state:(