The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.
During this final week of Christmas preparations, today's 7 quick takes are all about gifts of one sort or another. Make yourself a nice cup of cocoa (with lots of mini-marshmallows) and enjoy!
All I want for Christmas:
|from Kate Spade, via Elizabeth at Things Bright|
If you're bored with your board games, you need the Boardgame Remix Kit, available in book and ebook forms, as well as a deck of cards and a mobile app.
|A triple-word score on Park Place with a candlestick?|
As I was leaving the Y the other night, the facility's Christmas tree caught my eye. It was artfully draped with donated scarves and hats; a sign on the tree explained the cold-weather gear would be given to those who were in need.
Underneath the tree were several sweatshirts, neatly folded. As I looked at the sweatshirts, I noticed the tree skirt they sat on was decorated with a nativity scene made of felt.
It was a beautiful and heartwarming display.
Except... well... maybe it's petty, but I just wish the fabric used for the faces of the Holy Family was a little more middle-Eastern, and a little less sunburned-Norwegian. But that's probably just me.
Speaking of nativity scenes, my friend Katrina writes about her kids' mischievous rearrangements of her favorite nativity set... and she documents their mischief with pictures.
Last weekend, we attended a Christmas party — the kind where everyone brings an appetizer and a white elephant gift.
I was responsible for the appetizer (pesto-stuffed mushrooms, just like I made for Thanksgiving).
My husband took charge of the gift:
The mushrooms were a big hit. (Though not quite as big as Gloria Gaither's hair.)
If Santa's delivering a bike to someone in your household this year, you'll want a helmet to go with it. (That should be the next in the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. "If you give a kid a bicycle, s/he's going to want a helmet...")
Here's a What You Ought to Know about the difference between cheap helmets and expensive ones. (Those Brothers Winn are just like Consumer Reports, except... not.)
And finally, a Christmas gift from me to you — The Princess Bride meets Star Wars:
Womp rats of unusual size? I don't think they exist.
Happy Friday, friends! And happy final-week-of-Advent!