Get personal: make it a holiday to remember

After Shawn and I got married, my friend, Sami, discovered an old German tradition and used it to make a beautiful gift. She wrapped 12 ornaments that symbolize the qualities of an incredible relationship. When we decorate the tree, we're reminded of her hopes for our happiness (and how lucky I am to have such a good friend).

In the action-packed days before the holidays, it's easy to get weighed down by all you want to do to celebrate the people you care about. But if you want the holiday to feel special, slow down and make it personal. Get caught up in the experience, mistakes and all, and enjoy the moment. 

Here are some of my favorite DIY finds to help you get started. Click on the pictures or the text in blue to be whisked away to a world of DIY wonders. (Sorry, too much Christmas music.)

P.S. These projects are carefully pre-screened for easiness. 

Make your own wrapping paper. This is the moment when my sister chimes in to disclose that I am the WORST wrapper. Ever. But I think this paper could distract you from my bad wrapping.

Bring the outdoors in and set a beautiful dinner table. Go the extra mile with your tablescape (yup, that's a real word) and take your holiday meal to a whole new level. 

Let's get crafty. Remember making paper plate ornaments and construction paper lanyards in art class as a kid? Relive the memory and give your tree personality with homemade ornaments. 

Make that special (or last minute) gift. Maybe it's me, but the gifts I love the most are the ones people put time in to creating. There's just another degree of wonderfulness to it.

Getting creative can ground you in the moment and bring joy to the season. Spread the love and share this with a friend. 

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