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The Gift of Words

Growing up, our mom had a big jar of questions, I'm sure it had a clever name, but I can't think of it right now.  Whenever we had company, my mom would pass around the jar and get the convo going... This year I decided I would bring the tradition back to our Christmas dinner and brainstorm a few Christmas questions to put in the "jar" that I created.  This was a really quick {thankfully because my to do list right now is very daunting} and inexpensive project .  I took left-over burlap from my fireplace project and glued it to the jar, added black ribbon, some string and a branch from our tree with a gift tag from a Paper Source hang tag kit.

On the inside of the jar I included these gift tags that I stamped with a present stamp and then embossed and added ribbon:

On the back of each card is a Christmas related question.  

This might sound really lame to some, but I promise it ends up being more fun then expected!  Typically when we do the questions, you learn something new about the person or hear a story that you've never heard.  This year, it will be special to hear about everyone's favorite Christmas moments and traditions.

I'm off to California this week...fingers crossed that my flight does not get cancelled due to the storm, because this is what I woke up to:

and it better be warmer than Boston!  Can't wait!  Enjoy your week & because I might not be able to post back in Cali...I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!  

Oh & I almost forgot...the winner picked by Random.Org of the All Modern Giveaway is Cristin from Simplified Bee! Congrats!

p.s. check us out on Tuesday, December 22 at La Vie J'aime for her special Stocking Series!


  1. That sounds like a cute idea! I hope the weather behaves for you, it does look very pretty though! Merry Christmas!

  2. Looks so pretty! love the boots!

  3. It's so pretty outside your door. We got pummeled by an ice storm but it all melted pretty quickly.

  4. That is such a great idea! Our family loves to play games and this sounds like the perfect one for us to try! Thanks.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy (hopefully) warm Cali!

  5. Such a thoughtful gift, I love it Carlee!!!

    I hope you have a safe flight and have an amazing time- cant wait till you get back and we can hang out :) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  6. What a fun little Christmas dinner idea! Love it (stealing it for my fam; it'll be from Santa!)

  7. What a cute idea! Yay for a white xmas in Boston :)

    PS: Your My Stocking post will post tomorrow morning at 10 am!

  8. What a beautiful snowy street! I LOVE IT! You will be much warmer in CA!!I'm jettin out early this week too!
    I think the questions sound great and FUN. Have you every played apples to apples? I just Love that game.

    Merry Christmas ladies! xo

  9. this is what my street looks like too

  10. That is your street in Boston??? Oh, how I want to be there right now!! I'm in Southern California. It's currently in the high 60s. Obviously not the type of weather to celebrate Christmas!! :(

    By the way, found your blog via La vie...J'aime, and I absolutely adore it!! :)

  11. When I saw the pictures of Boston, I immediately recognized them. I went to school in Boston a fabulous town.

  12. such gorgeous snow pictures but I agree= it does make traveling a challenge! The jar is a GREAT idea and I love your stamp!

  13. Great photos! I can't believe how much snow we got.

    Your family's tradition is a great one - it's so nice that you're continuing it. Have a great time in Cali!

  14. that is such a good idea! funny stories are one of my favorite part of the holidays.

    happy christmas and safe travels!

  15. I think this is a grand idea. I think it's fun to ask random questions and see where the conversation goes. I always learn something entirely new, even about family.

    Just discovered your blog and so glad I did. It's right up my alley!

  16. I love all that snow! so pretty! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a fun filled New Year's Eve! Wishing you much success and happiness in 2010!

  17. oh my gosh! i know that snow much be a pain but it was almost 60 degrees here on Christmas! we would love just a few inches!!!!! it makes for beautiful pictures! hope you have a great time in CA!!


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