Five Days Till Christmas??


I am having a very hard time realizing that Christmas is a short 5 days away. I am not sure if it is the lack of snow (though I hear that should change tomorrow) or just too much other “stuff” going on right now.

I do know that even if I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is almost here….it will most surely arrive on time. Soooooo…..I had best be picking up the pace and getting ready for all the gatherings that will be happening.

Some things are just a tradition around our house. Things like buffalo and pig cut out cookies (see previous post) and the way I tag our wrapped Christmas presents.

Ever since our boys were small I have tagged the presents….I have just not tagged them with their names! When our children were young they had trouble keeping their hands off the presents that they knew were theirs. (How many parents can relate to that problem?) To correct that issue I started out using numbers instead of their names.

In later years I moved on from using numbers; to using my card making rubber stamps. I would make a bunch of tags and stamp them with a variety of images. The images were everything from Christmas trees to penguins, to fish to fruit etc.

To make sure I knew who went with what image I had the “Notebook”. In it were the stamped images that were on the tags of the packages. Each image had a name by it and what was in the package. I made sure to hide that notebook in a good place ….. but not to good that I couldn’t find it!

This year I tried a different type of tag…..I used my new Cricut Explore One to cut out tags. The tags are not my own creation. I found them on Pinterest.  (If you want to make the set of six tags just follow the Pinterest link and they are a free downloadable svg file.) I also don’t make a cent promoting Cricut or Pinterest….I just want to share my sources because I thought they were really neat. And yes….I realize that I only pictured five of the six tags…The last one was already stuck on a package!


I thought that when my sons grew up and got married I would probably start putting the names on packages. When I mentioned doing that some years back I was told, “No!  this is our tradition.”  I would love to know what some of your traditions are. I have a feeling that everyone has something totally unique to their families.

Tags, with or without names, seem like such a small thing at Christmas time and yet they have become part of the fabric of our holiday. Sometimes it is the small things that people remember the most. For me that is a good reminder to do those small things.

In all the busyness of the season, the shopping, the wrapping of gifts, the planning of parties, the food preparation the small things remind me to slow down and take a step back. To step back and realize that all that stuff could go away and the reason for the season would remain…..Faith, Hope and Love….and the birth of the Child who makes a difference. Blessings to you all as Christmas draws near!

Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love
–and the greatest of these is love.
New Living Translation

23 thoughts on “Five Days Till Christmas??

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Your message. Faith, hope and love and out of them love is the greatest. I had a fight with my husband last night and moved out of the room in the night, vowing never to come back till my problem was over. Needless to say, I felt I didn’t love anymore but your message makes me think again. I am at work now and at least thinking of calling him.
    I am sorry to share personal things on the blog. Wanted to let you know your message touched my heart.

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  2. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas, Chicken.
    I love your new tags, they look so stylish and elegant. I don’t have a Cricut machine, but seeing your tags is making me wonder if perhaps I should give those machines a look over! Too late for Santa’s list, but …. there’s always Birthdays! lol.
    Lovely post, Chicken. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  3. Al says:

    You are so clever to come up with the tag system. Wish I had thought of that lo those many years ago!

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family. We will be going up to Charlottesville to be with our family. They are actually expecting a bit of snow in the Blue Ridge (snow showers at least) so that should add to the ambiance.

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  4. Anne Mehrling says:

    Your using stamps instead of names is so very clever. Christmas was the holiday that John and I hosted for his family in NY. When the older children (9 cousins in the same town) could read, I began doing a treasure hunt for them. We’d wait until all the adults were settled comfortably in the living room after a big dinner, and then I’d give them the first clue. To keep them moving, successive clues were usually quite far apart. They’d begin on the first floor, run upstairs, rush to the basement, loop through the garage, etc. They told me recently that it was one of the highlights of the day. All but our son are now married and have children.

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