Top Ten {Tuesday}: Christmas 2010

I have totally been avoiding writing on my blogs this week. I’ve been doing some research and spiffying on them, instead. You know, maintenance. But then today I was sitting at my computer and thought, “Hmmm. Is tomorrow Tuesday? What if someone NEEDS a Top Ten list?!! What if they need to share their 2010 Christmas memories in a Top Ten list and I’m not here to link up?! The HORROR!” So. As to not disappoint, I have made a Top Ten list for today.

Are you ready for this awesomness? Here are the Top Ten Christmas Pictures, Presents and Pieces. {I know, you love it.}

1. My daughter is cute. And she likes to pose. {Gingerbread skirt from Crazy 8. On sale, baby.}

christmas tree{at the in-law’s house}

2. We got Lydia a “big girl bed” for Christmas. We had it set up in (what we call) the big room so she could see it when she came downstairs. She got super shy when she saw it. But soon? Well…

christmas 2010

3. I bought SIX books with my Christmas money. And only one of them was fiction. I know, I’m still reeling from that fact. Anyway, here they are:

Picnik collage

Love Finds You in Lahaina, Hawaii
The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

Picnik collage

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
Raising Able: How chores cultivate capable confident young people

Wow. Could that be some insight into my New Year’s Resolutions? And also–is it required that all books have a byline now?!

Have you read any of them?

4. My mom left an entire container of homemade fudge at my house at Christmas. Uhm. Yum.

5. Best Stocking Stuffer? Chocolate and Strawberry Milk Straws. Seriously. These are cool. It’s like a plastic straw that’s sealed on the end…but with little holes in it. And full of chocolate (or strawberry) candy beads. You stick it in your milk and start sucking. Instant flavored milk. Cool, huh?

chocolate milk

6. Lydia made the COOLEST present for Asa—a homemade matching game. I found wooden discs at Michael’s, printed off two copies of clipart of his favorite Disney characters, cut them with my handydandy circle cutter, Lydia mod-podged them and then we put them in a $1-store Toy Story tin. How cool is that?!

handmade gifts

7. We also did handmade coasters for everyone in my family. Lydia really made them. I just cut out the squares from last year’s wrapping paper and then mod-podged about 6 layers. I cut out some felt and glued it on the bottom. Super cute!

diy coasters

8. I just ate another piece of fudge.

9. I still have enough money leftover to buy one small item. I was thinking either these {click photo for respective etsy shop}:

Or these:

What do you think? Are fingerless gloves cool or weird?

10. We had a white Christmas. The first one since the 1800’s, I think. Magical.

white christmas

Bonus #11: I thought you should see my tutorial on how to wrap Christmas lights so they don’t tangle next year. It will change your life.

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  1. Love The Ministry of Motherhood! And I’m reading Wild Things right now! My favorite gifts are always books!!

  2. What great pics and looks like you had a wonderful CHRISTmas! 🙂

  3. Love the coaster idea. I’ve seen that with pictures, but the christmas wrapping paper is cute! And the memory game…what a great gift!

  4. I got the Ministry of Motherhood for Christmas and I can’t wait to dig into it!!

  5. I love the second set of purple fingerless gloves. I have a pair (not purple) and love them because my hands stay warm, but I can still do normal tasks such as wrangle my keys into a keyhole, sign my name when driving through the bank drive through, obtain payment methods form my wallet at a fast food drive through, etc. and never have to remove your mitten. I love mine!!

  6. I like both of the gloves you featured. Tough choice.

    And kudos to your family for all the homemade gifts. They turned out so well (and were finished in time for Christmas)!

  7. Super cute idea with the coasters! And you’ll LOVE Cold Tangerines!!

  8. 1. I love the coaster idea, adorable.
    2. Fingerless gloves are my favorite.
    3. You are SO right… #11 will change my life! I always get the lights all tangled up… until now! Whoot! Thanks 🙂

  9. Finally coming over from the Diaper Diaries for the first time. Linking up in the morning!
    And I seriously need to get #’s 3,4, and 6 on your book list! 🙂
    Loving the homemade matching game and especially the coasters!
    Fingerless gloves are not lame, they have a great purpose! Playing the flute in cold weather, taking pictures in cold weather, etc! (yes, I have a pair, why? 😉
    And congrats on a white Christmas! We get them every year so I guess it’s not quite as special. 🙂

  10. I love the idea of using old wrapping paper to create coasters! I think I know what I’ll be working on this week in anticipation of next year’s Christmas gifts!

  11. Great list… and yes, I was one of the ones who NEEDED you to post a Top Ten list this morning! THANK YOU!!
    Love the Coasters, think you should go with the second pair of fingerless gloves you posted and pass the fudge!

  12. Lydia’s face when on her big bed is just priceless! Such happiness! 🙂

  13. Oh Amanda. You are just precious, you know that?? Are you going to share your insights from your reading list? And also, a tutorial on Modge Podge would be helpful for those of us who are craftily challenged.

  14. I trust you’ll let us know if any of those books are worth reading. And fingerless gloves….fabulous! I have three pair and I wear them constantly (although that doesn’t prove that they are not weird). Lisa~

  15. I love the coaster idea! I am SO not crafty, but even *I* can do this!

  16. Thanks for the link up! Stumbled your Christmas light post 🙂

  17. So much good stuff in this post!

    I find myself buying non-fiction more and more.

    The game is so cute!

    I love the gloves!

  18. Your kids are too cute! Thanks for the ideas for homemade Christmas gifts next year–I’m so impressed by all you moms who are not ‘craft-challenged’ like I am!

  19. Okay, so I’m a doofus. I participated and then forgot to link myself up yesterday.

    I love your Top 10. My 2 cents: I love those first set of gloves – very unique.

    Your kiddos are darling.

    Love, love, love the coasters. I made post-it note holders for gifts this year. Here’s the link:

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