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Before I go any farther....I will give you the instructions to print up to put on the basket....you will probably need a fairly large basket because you need to put a little gift in each day too...I will give you some websites for cute little things you can put in...easy to make little crafts, etc...nothing that costs much because you have 24 little things to give!! That is optional though .. you don't have to put in the little gift for each day, but I did because it gave the recipient a little something to open up each day....
Here are the instructions for the basket:
Making your holidays holy...
Open dated envelope each day starting with December 1st. Inside will be a paper with
1. A Bible verse to read
2. A thought for the day
3. Bless Your Heart idea
4. A Christmas Idea
5. A Service Idea
6. A Christmas Carol
Each day you will also open one of the gifts in the basket. Some are dated for certain days to open (Dec. 3, Dec. 6, Dec. 9, and Dec. 10).The other days you can open any of them.
HAVE FUN !!!
I printed this out on the computer adding some nice Christmas graphics.
NOTE: The dated ideas (I will give recipes, etc.for those days)--these are optional...you can do your own ideas...these just kind of goes with the ideas of these days.
December 3....make up a package of Christmas Scent:
Put into a small ziplock bag:
5-6 whole cinnamon sticks
2-3 TBSP whole cloves
2-3 TBSP whole allspice
3 bay leaves
Attach this note to the package:
In a medium saucepan or teakettle, mix package contents and orange and lemon slices with water. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low to simmer. Check the pan periodically to make sure there is enough water. DO NOT leave unattended. This will leave a wonderful scent in your home!!
December 6th.....make up spiced cranberry cider mix:
1/2 cup dried cranberries
6-8 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
2 TBSP whole allspice
In a small bowl, stir the cranberries and spices together. Store in a snack-size ziplock bag. Attach instructions:
Spiced Cranberry Cider
2 quarts apple cider
1 quart water
1 package Spiced Cranberry Cider Mix
2 oranges, sliced
In a large saucepan combine the cider, water and the spiced cranberry cider mix. Heat through but do not boil. Add the orange slices. Simmer for 1-2 hours and then remove the spices. Serve warm. This can also be done in the crockpot.
December 9th:.... Friendship Tea Mix
(makes about 5-6 cups of mix)
1 (18-oz.) Tang or other orange-flavored instant drink mix
(I use Walmart's brand)
1/2 cup presweetened lemonade mix
1/2 cup instant tea (not flavored, no sugar added)
1 (3-oz.) package apricot jello
2-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Store in an airtight container.
To give as a gift:
1. put some tea in a pretty jar and attach directions:
Put 2 TBSP tea mix into a mug and fill with boiling water. Stir and enjoy!
2. If you want to give an individual serving.....put 2 TBSP in a small ziplock
bag and attach following directions:
Put contents of package in a mug and add boiling water; stir and enjoy!
December 10th .....find some cute notecards or make some up on the computer.
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