7 Christmas Traditions

Growing up, my family had a handful of holiday traditions that I treasured from year-to-year. Honestly, some of them may not have even been intentional “traditions”, but there were simple things I looked forward to. For instance, I loved helping my mom put up all the decorations, carefully hanging garland around the fireplace and unwrapping the handpainted Christmas village. Later, we added an electric train around the tree that was both festive and a pain in the ass.

A few years ago, my husband and I had a conversation about what we love about the holidays and ways we wanted to celebrate. The result was a short list of things we want to ensure we do every year, even if we’re crazy busy. We budget money and time to make these happen every year and everything else for the season is a bonus!

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Best of November

November was a whirlwind month in our house as we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new house and with our son. Thankfully, the little guy let us sit down for a nice Thanksgiving dinner while he gazed at our plates longingly from his highchair. Haha! We hope you had a wonderful, gratitude-filled holiday!

I also launched A Stitch of Magic in my Etsy Shop and am loving adding new products. Fulfilling your orders has been extra fun and I appreciate all your support!

Check out all the things you may have missed below!

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I am having way too much fun making new wood signs for over our fireplace. Check out how this one came together in under 10 minutes.

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Lawrence Made Essential Kitchen Tools

Having the right kitchen tools can change your relationship with cooking. Make sure you have these tools on-hand to make delicious meals!

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Start a new tradition in your house by bringing back Game Night! Here’s a list of our favorite games to get your collection started, just in time for holiday purchases!

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A Stitch of Magic is live in the Etsy shop! These adorable designs come as finished products or cross stitch patterns. You can order pins or magnets. And if you don’t see the character you love, just send me a message! I’ve already added 13 new designs in the past week!

There are still pin/magnets available for guaranteed shipment by December 15th,
so get your orders in soon!

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7 Family-Friendly Games for Game Night

In our house, game night is king. From the holidays to casual weeknights, we love gathering around the table to play board games and do puzzles together. Over the years, we have amassed quite the collection of games and have found a few crowd pleasers for players of all ages.

These 7 games can be adapted or easily learned by players of most ages, especially with a little help or “coplaying” from an adult. (“Coplaying” = “Come sit with me and help me play.”) All of them also have a sneaky educational factor so kids can learn and play at the same time. Win-win for all families!

Lawrence Made Game Night Games

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Support Small Businesses

Shop Small Saturday is coming up soon, and I want to remind you to support small businesses this holiday season. Every year, Thanksgiving weekend is flanked by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, nestled right in between the two insane days of spending is Shop Small Saturday, which aims to encourage you to put your hard earned money toward local and handmade companies. And why not? Shopping at small businesses puts money right into the hands of your neighbors, crazy talented artisans, and people living out their dreams.

Are you a little unsure how to support the small business owners in your life?

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