I love doing something different each year, even though the family loves traditions. Adding a little surprise to the house makes everyone happy, it seems. And it doesn't take much to slip in a new treat, tradition, or small blessing. Today's nifty little idea fits the bill. Like the wonderful recipes for filling your house with Christmas scents, it also comes from this week's giveaway book: 365 Ways to Prepare For Christmas, by David Monn.
In the tradition of Victorian Christmas crackers, make your own
Take a cardboard tube such as the kind from an empty roll of paper towels, or toilet tissue (the ideal size). Using a pretty foil or heavy wrapping paper, cut a "ten by twenty inch piece out. Center the tube on the paper, and roll it up, pinching the paper together at one end, and tying it off at that end with a long piece of curling ribbon. Fill the tube with candies or other small treats and coins. Pinch the other end together and tie with another piece of curling ribbon."
Open out the ends of the paper rolls in a fan shape; then curl the ribbons.*
I like the idea of using these as place settings on Christmas (and if your children want to pull them apart afterwards, as above, that's fine, too!)
How about you?
What's your simple trick to add festivity to your holiday table or home?
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PS: Don't miss my post over at Regency Reflections about a Remarkably Regency Yuletide!
*Adapted from the "Surprise Rolls" from 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas, by David Monn. Win this book by entering this week's drawing! Simply leave a comment to be entered. I don't usually get around to drawing a winner until Sunday night, so you have until 12/23 to enter!