And so, I present, The Christmas Cheer Garland
This garland is as inexpensive and easy as you want it to be, and it's sure to bring a smile to everyone who graces your front door this holiday season. Why? Because, as much as I hate to disagree with Buddy the Elf, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is NOT by singing loud for all to hear (especially if you sing like I do), but by spreading treats far and near...
I learned this truth (along with many others) from fantastic friends of ours. Every year at Christmastime, they bake up a huge batch of sugar cookies, decorate them, and then hang them on their Christmas tree. Every guest who comes to the house then gets to take home a cookie from the tree.
I loved this family tradition of theirs and decided this year to start it with my own family. There were only two problems:
- Our (fake) tree is only 3 feet tall.
- My husband hates (most) sugar cookies.
To get started spreading Christmas cheer, you'll need:
- a pine garland
- decorations for your garland - this is a great place to put the ornaments that just don't fit on the tree anymore!
- your favorite holiday treats
- cellophane roll/bags, ribbon, etc to package your holiday treats
- ornament hangers
- (optional) glue gun and glue sticks
Put up your garland. Make sure it's secure because you are going to pack it with yummy treats and you'd hate to have Aunt Joyce taken out by falling toffee from the garland around the door. :) I doubled up my dollar store garlands to get a fuller-looking garland.
|lovin the swirly ornament hangers from the dollar store :)|
Add the decorations. I used mostly the classic "glass" ball ornaments and the other ornaments that didn't make the cut for the tree, but use whatever you have! Ornaments your children (or you!) made in school, ornaments collected from traveling, your annual entries in the ugliest ornament contest:
|yup, that's a bride and a groom. given to us by my sister the Christmas before we got married. I think she won the ugly ornament contest that year :)|
Or make your own -- I'm have some of Andi's sequin jumbo lights in the works, and I think I'll try this cute and easy photo ornament from Crafterhours and these fun sparkly cardboard stars from Muffin Tin Mom.
Make/buy your favorite holiday treats. For our first round of treats, I made chocolate chip cookie sticks and peppermint swirl cookies, but as our garland needs replenished, I plan on adding mint ritz cookies, white chocolate mint brownies, and oreo truffles. My husband plans on taking a trip to the store and adding Mother's iced oatmeal cookies and Reese's peanut butter trees. :)
Put in a movie (I recommend Elf :) and start wrapping! Be sure to attach an ornament hanger to each goody. For sugar cookies, use a straw to make a hole for an ornament hanger before baking. For other treats, a small dab of hot glue will hold the ornament hanger in place on the cellophane wrapping and is easily hidden by the ribbon curls.
Hang the goodies on the garland, with care. :)
Spread Christmas cheer by sharing treats with everyone who comes to your door!