Christmas Countdown!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I missed May's Rudy Day (May 25) but I decided to post today and 
give you a rundown on activities for May. Perhaps you can find 
a few minutes here and there to be thinking about:

New themes for your decorating or Christmas party.

Peppermint is always a fun theme. 

Set your table with some dishware that carries 
out your peppermint theme.

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Here's a simple 15-minute project 
to get you started. 
Wouldn't your Christmas 
cookies or cupcakes look 
cute on this Peppermint Candy Tray?

Peppermint Candy Tray
About 60 starlight mints, any color
1 (10-inch) round cake pan
Nonstick pan liner (such as Reynolds), parchment paper or foil
Wire rack for cooling
  1. Heat oven to 350. Unwrap the mints and place in bowl.
  2. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the bottom of the cake pan onto the parchment or pan liner. Cut out liner and place firmly in bottom of pan.
  3. Place mints just inside the rim of the pan, continuing in circles. In the center, adjust mints to make certain all will fit.
  4. Place the pan in a 350 for eight minutes. Do not walk away. Check the pan frequently to make sure the candies do not over-melt.
  5. When done, remove from oven and let cool. After 10 minutes, remove from pan. The parchment or pan liner will peel off the tray. Keep the tray away from wet and heat.
peppermint bowls

You might even make little votive holder bowls to go along with it!
Go to the website for more information.

One of my favorite themes is gingerbread. How about we find a project that is do-able? Some libraries even give classes during November / December on how to make and assemble gingerbread houses. 


Gingerbread themed holiday ornaments 12625-FC

You can make or purchase gingerbread ornaments in all kinds of fun
Christmas designs, with or without names on them. I think this would be 
fun to add to your children's or grandchildren's ornament collection. 
When they grow up and start homes of their own, they'll have
 some ornaments for their tree!

You can purchase gingerbread stocking holders
to hold up their gingerbread stockings!

And don't forget to carry the theme to your table. How about making your meals festive during the Christmas week with a table set like this:

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I bought some blue Christmas tree ornaments at the end of the season last year, thinking ahead to this Christmas. I want a small Christmas tree in my bedroom and would like to go with the "Blue Christmas" theme in that room. Blue is my favorite color, so why not use it during the holidays,too? 

Think more than just blue ornaments...a beautiful blue ribbon on a 
green Christmas wreath, blue linen napkins with white rick rack trim 
and your family monogram, blue packages with blue ombre 
ribbons. Silver and white complement the blue beautifully. Aren't 
the individual white angel food cakes adorable? 

My tree won't be this big, but isn't this beautiful with the different 
shades of blue ornaments? I love how the white deer complement 
the theme so well. Here they've silver and white to contrast, and 
punched the blue up to a gorgeous shade of teal.

I need to decide what kind of design I want for my tree skirt! This one 
is lovely, isn't it? I'd like to see blue balls and white balls and 
white icicles on the tree that goes with this skirt.

Have you thought of a new theme to use this year in 
your Christmas decorating?

Till next time, Keep the spirit of Christmas alive!
Mary in VA


  1. What a pretty post! The snowflake tree skirt is gorgeous. I choose a different theme for each of my trees. Probably won't come up with a new one this year.

  2. Mary,
    Hello!! What a great post! I decorate my Kitchen with candy and gingerbread for Christmas and I love how it looks and so do any children who come to visit!! I have been so busy trying to get my yard and patio put together for the Summer, First we had cold weather then it got warm but seemed to rain on my days off and then we had a heat wave...... I missed a few months of Rudolph Day posts on my Christmas blog so I have some catching up to do...... Stop by my regular blog to see what I have been up to if you have a chance, I have a Summer Patriotic Tree up now for the rest of the Summer....

  3. I posted a link on my shared Christmas blog today, to your blog. I would love if you would follow our blog at My post is about Rudy Day.

  4. I don't know why my above comment here looks so funny with the words spaced apart. Ha ha, I did not type it that way. Blogger has a mind of its own.