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12 Days of Christmas {Day 2}: My Favorite Christmas Memory…

So- as a person who feels extremely blessed to have health and happiness on my side for most of my life – my best Christmas is still that of 1973 – oh yeah baby!! Flashback to my living room – soft avocado painted trim mouldings- wide ivory & white striped wallpaper, a peach rug and a green velvet sofa with my sister’s oil portrait hung above the fireplace.


I run downstairs (6 a.m.) at my scraggly age of 6 to find a black and white puppy hanging in my stocking. Yes – a real puppy! Nothing has ever topped that. So – thank you Santa for all the work that it took to get my beloved Bitsy in place that wonderful Christmas morning. Bitsy later died when I was a Junior at ECU – she lived a long happy life. What a gift – what a Christmas.


DLL.My Favorite Christmas Memory.Bitsy(2)

12 Days of Christmas {Day 1}: Wrapping Gifts in Style

Eddie Ross the Prettiest Bow




I’ve yet to draft my wish list to Santa, though I do know that this year I’d love to give gifts in a signature way.

Below: A menagerie of beautiful wrapping ideas to give your gifts in style.  Because it is the thought that counts, but it’s even better when the recipient can take one look at the wrapping and know it came from you.


Style No. 1: Naturalistic

 Love nature’s gift that is winter? Show it by attaching springs of holly, cinnamon sticks and dried citrus, or pinecones to your gift.  These Holiday Pine wrapping sheets from Rifle Paper Co. are gorgeous:

Holiday Pine Wrapping Sheets



Style No. 2: Modern & Merry Making

Elect to wrap all your presents in the same unique color way-

like Navy, Ice Blue, & Chartruese (a twist on the seen everywhere Pine green)


blue plus green



Or Fuschia, Chocolate Brown, & Orange (a cure for the common “Christmas-y” Red)

raspberry plus orange


Consider metallics like silver or gold, paired with white

(Fabrics from F. Schumacher & Co) 


Style No. 3: Nostalgic

 Remember leaving a plate of cookies for Santa?  These cheeky Naughty or Nice cards would be so fun tied on to gifts. You could also consider vintage buttons as accouterments…

 naughty or nice gift tags

These birds, created from a vintage dictionary would make a pretty garland- and you could even use them on a hostess gift for a New Years Party.

 holiday birds


Style No. 4: Classic & Cheerful

Nothing says a classic holiday package like brown paper and this lovely Baker’s twine in peppermint, availalble online.  Attach a few candy canes and you might as well be an elf. 

bakers twine in peppermint


On holiday cards this great, you could even go sans envelope- attaching the greeting directly to the gift. Hi Christmas Cards by Haley & Lucas 


Style No. 5: Hassle Free Holiday Cheer

Have no time?  Wrapping gifts in newspaper, the Sunday comics, or magazine pages is a classic, relaxed, and socially responsible way to wrap your gifts.

Also? You can always let someone else wrap it for you:

 anthropologie gift wrap

Finally, for all styles: A tutorial on tying the perfect bow from designer & blogger Eddie Ross


P.S. For more wrapping ideas, feast your eyes on these beauties over at Design Sponge

and also:  Hurry up and get your Christmas Cards!