A Week of Christmas Gift Ideas: Day Four!

Day Four: Movie Night!!!

elf-movie-night-by-katherine-marieWhat I love most about giving MOVIE NIGHT gifts is that it’s all about TIME and TOGETHERNESS.

For me this gift represents the simple pleasure of both relaxing and celebrating with loved ones.

elf-movie-night-by-katherine-marie-2This box included show tickets, Buddy’s favorite snacks and some post movie trivia.  I really wanted to include a mini bottle of syrup too, but I couldn’t find one small enough to fit!

Ready for the BUDDY test?!   (Answers at the end of this post!  Don’t even think about cheating if you received this gift in the mail– DAD!!)  Feel free to copy and print TRIVIA for your own movie night!

1.  What does Buddy draw on his etch-a-sketch?
1. Santa clause
2. Mrs. Clause
3. Mona Lisa
4. A fireplace

2.  Who was originally offered the role of Buddy?
1. Rob Lowe
2. Jim Carey
3. Tom hanks

3.  Name three of the foods Buddy puts on his leftover spaghetti.

4.  What year was movie released?
1. 1998
2. 2003
3. 2005
4. 2006

5.  What present did Buddy buy has dad for Christmas?
1. A pancake maker
2. Santa lingerie
3. A Santa hat
4. An elf suit

6.  What did Buddy admit to shoving in the VCR in his goodbye note to his dad and step mom?
1. Cookies
2. Chocolate
3. Waffles
4. Muffins

7.  Buddy the Elf’s suit was reportedly inspired by…
1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Claymation characters
2. Macy’s Christmas window display of 1941
3. John Denver’s first Christmas album cover
4. Mickey mouse’s Santa costume from 1952

8.  A few of the sets in the movie were filmed in/at…
1. The North Pole
2. In an abandoned mental hospital (same as Freddy vs. Jason)
3. The same location as the titanic
4. Florida

9.  Buddy ate cotton balls at the doctor’s office. The cotton balls were actually…
1. Pre-dyed cotton candy
2. Real cotton balls
3. Pin pong balls
4. Doughnut holes

10.  The TV news clip of Buddy walking through Central Park was inspired by the infamous 1967 footage of Bigfoot. T/F

11.  Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” plays a cameo role as an elf. T/F

12.  Will Farrell once worked as a department store ELF? T/F


TRIVIA ANSWERS–1.) 3  2.) 2  3.) Chocolate Pop Tarts, Chocolate Syrup, Marshmallows, etc…  4.) 2  5.) 2  6.) 1  7.) 1  8.) 2  9.) 1  10.) TRUE  11.) TRUE  12.) Nope! but he did play a SANTA!


A Week of Christmas Gift Ideas: Day Three!

Day Three: Fresh Hot Delivery from the North Pole!

pizzaSign on the lid reads–HO HO HO!  Santa heard you needed a little DOUGH!!!!

Isn’t this the most incredible gift for a teenager?  Or how neat would it be to have a couple of these ready to serve to homeless folks?!  I used Scotch double sided tape to adhere the money.  Quarters or one dollar coins are prefect for pepperoni.  This idea is straight from Pinterest.


A Week of Christmas Gift Ideas: Day Two!

christmas-family-game-night-by-katherine-marie-6 Day Two: Christmas Family Game Night DYI!

I was having so much fun creating “The 12 Games of Christmas” that I decided to make a smaller, do-it-yourself version, for my game lovin’ family and friends.  This gift includes a half dozen or so games that can be played without much preparation.  Most are silly and easy Minute-to-Win-it style… h/t: Ministry to Children, Growing Kids Ministry,and Pinterest!

christmas-family-game-night-by-katherine-marie-2I included a tag, basic supplies and a instruction card in each game pack.  I kept one set for my kiddos… can’t wait fora rainy or snowy day to play!

christmas-family-game-night-by-katherine-marie-4To introduce game night I included a little letter from “Santa’s Tops Assistant.”

christmas-family-game-night-by-katherine-marie-1If you’d like to make your own version of this CHRISTMAS Family Game Night,

you are welcome to use these printables:

Christmas Game Night TAGS




Santa’s LETTER

 (for personal, not-for-profit use only please!)


A Week of Christmas Gift Ideas: Day One!

I have a whole week of gift ideas to share with you during this glorious gift-giving season!

Day one: The 12 GAMES of CHRISTMAS!!!

For this gift I wrapped up twelve of our favorite classic board and card games.  I added a few cheesy homemade (I’ll share that tomorrow) and store bought holiday games too.  My idea was that our wonderful friends could use this as a countdown to the big day all while enjoying special family time together.  Or they could open them all at once have a game night extravaganza!

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Hooray for Polar Express Day!

copyright-katherine-marie-121114aEarlier this week Mason (ten!) made up this TRAVEL ITINERARY for our Polar Express adventure!  He was home sick so I decided to put him to work!  Each stop had an activity and/or treat.  The grand finale was, of course, the “travel entertainment”– watching the actual movie.

…  copyright-katherine-marie-121114A quick stop at SNOWFLAKE Lane to make coffee filter snowflakes.

DSC_0953 DSC_0986“COLE” (coal) in the HOLE was a big hit.  The pretend coal was construction paper balls.   I found this one via Pinterest.

copyright-katherine-marie-121114bLunch is served!

copyright-katherine-marie-121114cI absolutely love Mason’s creativity and passion!!   He found these BELIEVE tickets HERE via The Sherbert Cafe h/t Pinterest.   The best part is punching the tickets!

polar-express-day-hoorayIphone snaps– Instagram pics HERE!


Turkey & Trees

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Elf Boot Camp!

Frankie’s third birthday celebration!
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