Happy Monday! It’s Australia, it’s summer, and while some parts of the country are in a blistering heatwave other parts are flooding! Wherever you are I hope you are safe, warm (but not too warm) and dry! Today I’m talking about Christmas Traditions. Do you have any? have you started new ones recently?
We have a few Christmas Traditions here. One we’ve had as a family since the girls were little is driving around Christmas Eve checking the Christmas lights people have decorated their yards with. Another is watching the Christmas Carols on TV. What are yours?
Since moving to Victoria we’ve started some new ones now I’m living close by my younger sister. One we started is the Icelandic Tradition called Jolabokaflod (Icelandic: Jólabókaflóðið). In simple terms it’s a Christmas Book Flood. We purchase a book for those who want to participate and gift them on Christmas Eve. The idea is to settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and read your book on Christmas Eve.
We have four that participate so that means 4 new books every Christmas – that normally does me for the next year or two! We have lists on pinterest of books we’d like so it makes purchasing a book a little easier and something they want.
This year I’ve switched it up a little. I’ve made tags to go with the gifts ….
I printed the spiel on the bottom of the tags using my printer onto our Basic White cardstock then stamped and decorated them. The trees I used the Forever Forest Stamp Set for the trees and the sweet little deer comes from the Grove Dies. I did do a little sponging around the edges of the deer to make her stand out a bit more.
Wrapping the books …
Over the past couple of years I’ve seen people wrap books in a special way. One that used minimal adhesive and creates little pockets. So I thought this year I’m going to do that – thanks to YouTube I found several videos showing me how. Not sure I’ll wrap a book the old way again.
It really is quite easy to do once you work out the size to cut your paper and the couple of tricks. It’s pretty cool. Last year I was gifted a wax sealing kit from a dear friend and hadnt felt up to using it till recently. Now I’m addicted to that too! I need more seals, wax colours and pieces to go with it. The kit I got was from Fiona Ariva in Melbourne and I highly recommend them if you are thinking you’d like to try wax seals too. I’ll have to start incorporating them into my cards and projects!
Adding Wax Seals
How cute is this little seal …
For my seal I used 4 wax beads with purple, mint, blue and gold. I love the swirl effect you can get with little trouble. I didnt even burn myself! Once the wax cooled I removed the wax stamp and coloured the design with a gold sharpie.
Now I can just slip my tag into the pockets at the front …
I think they turned out well dont you?
What creative ways have you wrapped presents? I’d love you to share in the comments.