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Steal a Gift This Christmas

Our family has a fun Christmas Eve tradition that we lovingly call “The Bag Game”.  It’s also known by other names like Steal a Gift, White Elephant Exchange, or Naughty Santa.  We always have a blast and lots of laughs.  There’s always cool gifts, gift cards, and lots of funny, inappropriate gag gifts.  Most importantly it’s entertaining and a great way to spend quality family time.

Here’s what you do: Place small gifts into brown paper bags.  Try to pick gifts that get laughs, are useful, or things that people want.  Don’t tell people what’s in your bags, you want it to be a surprise.  Sit on the floor in a circle and pile all the gifts in the middle.  Somebody goes first-they pick one bag.  They open the bag and place the gift in front of them.  The person to the left has the choice of either stealing the gift or selecting a bag from the pile.  This continues on around the circle.  If someone has their gift stolen from them they get to steal someone’s gift or pick a bag.  Once everyone is done stealing it goes back to the next person in the circle.  The game ends when the last bag is grabbed.

There’s different variations of the game and you can make the rules fit your needs.  You might want to tell people how many gifts to bring and/ or a money limit.

The most important part is to have fun and enjoy spending time with the family. :)

Peace & Love,


Stuffing, Traditions, and Sales

I thought I’d stop prepping for the Thanksgiving festivities to say “Hi!” and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!  I also wanted to share one of my favorite recipes: “Unstuffing Stuffing”.

It’s easy, super yummy, and comes out perfect every time!

Prep Time: 15 min, Cook Time: 40 min, Yields: 8 servings.

What you’ll need: oven, skillet, large bowl, large spoon, measuring cups, measuring spoons, cutting board, knife, 2 qt. baking dish with lid.


1/4 cup butter or Earth Balance

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 cups unseasoned stuffing croutons or dry bread cubes

2 1/2 cups veggie broth


Warm oven to 350 degrees F.  In a skillet add butter or Earth Balance, celery, and onion.  Saute 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender.  Stir in poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.  Transfer to large bowl, add croutons or bread and enough broth to moisten.  Place in greased 2-qt. baking dish.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

Looking for a new tradition to add to your family dinner?  Give guests strips of colorful paper to write down what they’re thankful for.  We like to make one serious and one funny.  Fold the pieces of paper so nobody sees what anyone wrote and place inside a bowl.  Pass the bowl around and let each guest pull out a note and read out loud.  It’s a fun game that will warm your heart and make you laugh!

Before I go I’d like to let you know that I’m thankful for you!  I’m so happy to do something I love-to run my own handmade business.  It means the world to me to have supporters like you!

If you plan on doing some online shopping this weekend I’m offering 20% off everything in my shop.  Use coupon code GIFTS20.  This coupon will be good from Friday 11/23 – Monday 11/26.

Hope you have a peaceful, joyful, and fun Thanksgiving!

Peace & Love,