My Favorite Things- Christmas Edition

Inspired by Oprah's "Favorite Things" article that she publishes each December (I actually remember when she first previewed them on her show!), I decided to share my "Favorite Things"- Christmas Edition 2015. My choices are a little more practical and much more affordable than Oprah's, so maybe you can find some new favorites or revisit some old faves yourself!

Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mocha- Found in the refrigerator section of your local grocer, this is my new favorite holiday beverage.  Much less expensive than a daily drive-through, but just as good! 

William-Sonoma Peppermint Hot Cocoa- My daughter bought a canister of this after her cooking class at the local store and we all love it!  Made with milk on the stovetop, it takes more time than the microwave or Keurig version, but is well worth it! 

Alex+Ani Gingerbread Man Charm Bangle- I love everything gingerbread, so when I first saw this advertised online, I knew I had to put it on my Christmas list.  My own personal Santa (and husband) bought it for me when we were Christmas shopping so I can enjoy it throughout the holiday. It has a gold tone that is unusual for Alex + Ani, but it makes me smile every time I look at the gingerbread man's smiling face! 

Sharpie Thin Ink Pen- It seems a little strange to put an ink pen on a favorite things list, but when we are writing out all of those holiday cards, a great pen is an asset.  I still believe that each card should include a personal note and each envelope should be hand-addressed.  I've used pens of this type for the last several years and it holds up to a lot of writing, has a comfortable grip and writes well on all types of paper.  

The Hallmark Channel- I have this channel on all of the time when I am at home.  As bad as the news is these days and as contentious as the presidential race has become, it is nice to have sweet movies and shows that always finish with a happy ending.  There are actually two Hallmark Channels with my cable company (the second is the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel) and they have Christmas programming 24 hours a day during the season.  It is a wonderful diversion. 

Christmas Novels- Every year around the first of November I begin looking for new Christmas books to read during the holiday.  I love to curl up beside the lit tree and escape for a while in a nice, happy novel.  Debbie Macomber is a favorite author (and her holiday novels have become movies on the Hallmark Channel!)  I just finished Angels at the Table, another of her "Angels series".  It is not new this year, but somehow I had not yet read it.  It is a sweet enjoyable Christmas read. 

Target Ornament Hooks- This may also seem a little strange to have on a Favorite Things list, but I found that these hooks fade into the tree and with a plastic coating won't scratch your ornament. They are also a little bit longer than most hooks.  I have to give my husband credit for this one- he had to run out at the last minute before we decorated our tree and pick them up.  

Light Keeper Pro Light Fixer:  While we are talking about decorating the tree, we must talk about this must have tool for your Christmas lights.  My husband bought one of these a couple of years ago and it has saved us considerable money and time.  If you have a light (or lights) out, you remove the (or one of the bulbs) and insert this tool. Then you hit the button and pull the trigger. By some sort of magic, the light then comes back on! (I took this picture in Target- I loaned mine to someone and had not gotten it back at the time of my "photo session".) Just yesterday I revived a string of lights on my tree that had seemingly burned out.  It has saved me a lot of time and money! 

Glitter Tissue Paper- of course, any girl with a blog called Glitter and Gardenias is going to want to wrap her gifts using tissue paper with glitter!  I was so excited to see this at the Dollar Store last week! The best thing about this paper is that it has just the right amount of sparkle, but the glitter does not get all over everything. 

I hope that you are spending some time with your favorite things (and favorite people!) Thanks for stopping by today! 



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