Day 9: Handmade Christmas Cards

Day 9 of our advent activities was to make each other Christmas Cards. I was looking forward to this one. It turned out as amazing as I expected. Brett hauled down our art supplies and we went to town. 

You’ll notice we were NOT messing around- mod podge, glitter, crayons, paper cutter, etc.

My card was inspired by this pin.

 My Christmasy living room:

Another advent activity was to have a Moser Family Band Christmas Sing Along. I didn’t take any photos (or recordings, oh my gah) but here is Elvis with one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs (and some nice winter/holiday imagery):

Also, in case you are wondering, I sing exactly how I think you’d expect me to sing- not that good, but not that bad either.

Day 3 and 4: Treats! Plus BBQ Beer Chicken

Days 3 and 4 were all about the treats. A Christmas coffee and donut one day, followed by s’mores the next. Yum. (PS, can you spot the sneak peek for my next Christmas Craft post?)
Very effective cooking method
This delicious treat was made complete with yummy hot cocoa. 

I also made something wonderful for dinner. Something truly amazing and fantastic. If there are three things I love in this world it is barbecue, beer, and my crockpot. This brought them all together. 

We had Schlafly Christmas Ale on hand so that’s what I used. Folks, I drank a beer at 10 am. I’m serious. You don’t just throw out perfectly good, unused Schlafly Christmas Ale. It doesn’t matter WHAT time it is! (Don’t worry, it was my day off.)

Sauce + Chicken. Simmer baby simmer.

 Shredded up and deliciously sauced.

I served it up the way the recipe recommended, with a serving of slaw on top! 

We demolished it. Exhibit A: 

I SERIOUSLY recommend this recipe. It’s pitched as a summertime recipe in the original post, and I know its December but it is like 70 degrees. Close enough.

Day 2: Holiday House/Home Tour and a Sneak Peak!

Day 2 of our advent calendar activities took us to the Kirksville Arts Association to see their Holiday House Display. This event is a silent auction where wreaths and trees are raffled off as a fundraiser for the Arts Association.  The building is beautiful year-round but I’m partial to the Christmasy flair of this event. Here are some of my favorite wreaths!

Brett and my boss Debi and I also went on the Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Rotary Club. I love, LOVE fancy houses and the voyeuristic side of me was totally satisfied to wander around people’s homes. Look at these gorgeous trees.

This house had a loft style second floor that had their 3 daughter’s bedrooms and it was a princess paradise. I was beside myself with envy.

Their master bathroom suite had statues by the tub. Statues.

Just for fun, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak of what I’ve been up to craft-wise. You’ll see the full project in tomorrow’s post!

Day 1: Reindeer Romp

After a slightly rocky start (I accidentally put the slips of paper into the envelopes backward) Brett and I opened up our first advent envelope today! This one wasn’t too much of a surprise, since we’ve been registered for the 1.5 mile walk/4 mile run for about a week and a half. But since it fell on the first day of December, it was a good fit for the calendar anyway. My boss Debi and I registered for the walk. Debi even wore a Christmas sweater. So on theme. 

Brett is a super athlete and ran the 4 miles, even though he did virtually no training. He’s just awesome that way. Each participant got a pair of jingle bells to wear too!

I couldn’t exactly justify a 10 am beer since I only did the walk, but Brett definitely enjoyed his! It actually started raining a bit during the event which made for some strange weather. It was cold/humid. A weird combo. I opted for hot chocolate instead.

We decided to make it an impromptu date-day and went out for lunch. We also picked up ingredients to make these delicious cookies (a favorite we tried for the first time last year!) so we are having a practically perfect start to our First Annual Comfy, Cozy Moser Family Christmas!

Christmas Craft Tour: Advent Calendar

I’m so excited to celebrate our first Christmas as a married couple, but I’m worried that it will pass me by and I won’t have stopped to really enjoy it. The holidays come and go so fast. The easiest way to make sure I enjoyed a special moment each day was to make this advent calendar!

If you haven’t done so, you’ve got approximately a day and a half to throw one together yourself! If you are doing one on the fly, let me recommend this one which cost approximately 5 dollars and took about 30 minutes. It couldn’t be easier.

I used this blog post as inspiration and searched Pinterest (and my husband!) for good ideas to put inside.

Here’s my calendar, hanging on my mantel:

And a close up of the envelopes:

Each envelope has an idea for a mini-date inside! It was a little tricky to come up with inexpensive, easy ideas that I thought we’d want to do every day. Want to see my ideas? Here’s a pdf with my entire slate of activities. If you live in Kirksville, you could pretty much just print this off and use it yourself! If you’d like to make your own, the fonts I used are Kingsthings Christmas, Christmas on Crack, and KG Eyes Wide Open.

I recommend checking out your community calendars and going to as many of the free events as you can!

Making the calendar itself was quite easy! I downloaded the labels that Bloom Design provided. Rather than spend EIGHT STINKIN DOLLARS on label paper, I just printed them on copy paper, cut them out, and used good ole Elmer’s glue to stick them to the treat bags I picked up at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50. I scrounged up some clothespins and we were in business!

I love how easy this project is, how great it looks on my mantel, and my hope is that it will help make our Christmas season even more special. Can’t wait to get into them!