Monday, December 8, 2014

Festive Christmas by Linore Rose Burkard PLUS a giveaway!

Festive Christmas Table Idea, from Author Linore Rose Burkard



When Debbie Lynne invited me to post on her blog, I first thought I'd post about a regency Christmas since I love that time period in history. As a regency romance author, I've researched Christmas traditions of that day and there is lots to share. (I've written Regency House Christmas: The Definitive Guide to a Remarkably Regency Yuletide, for just that reason!)*

But with Christmas so quickly approaching, I decided instead to share a little practical and easy  idea to add seasonal fun to your Christmas celebrations. Personally I love doing something different each year, even though the family adores traditions. Adding a little surprise to the season just seems to bless the household. And it doesn't take much to slip in a new treat, tradition, or small blessing. Today's nifty little idea fits the bill.

In the tradition of Victorian Christmas crackers, we'll make our own! 


How to Make "Surprise Rolls."

Take a cardboard tube such as the kind from an empty roll of paper towels, or toilet tissue (the ideal size).  Using a pretty foil or heavy wrapping paper,  cut a "ten by twenty inch piece out. Center the tube on the paper, and roll it up, pinching the paper together at one end, and tying it off at that end with a long piece of curling ribbon. Fill the tube with candies or other small treats and coins. Pinch the other end together and tie with another piece of curling ribbon."

 Open out the ends of the paper in a fan shape; then curl the ribbons.*

 

This year I'll be making these as favors for my annual Christmas party. I also like the idea of using these as place settings on Christmas (and if your children want to pull them apart afterwards, as above, that's fine, too!)

 

 How about you?

 

 What's your simple trick to add festivity to your holiday table or home?

 

Leave a comment and you'll be part of the drawing for this week's giveaway--an ebook edition of Coach and Four: Allisandra's Tale  (A Romantic Intrigue from the Days of Charles II) by Linore Rose Burkard.

PS: Here's an older post over at Regency Reflections about a Remarkably Regency Yuletide! 


*Adapted from the "Surprise Rolls" from 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas, by David Monn.
  
Linore Rose Burkard is best known for her Inspirational Regency romance trilogy with Harvest House Publishers: Before the Season Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square, and, The Country House Courtship. In addition to writing, Linore is a Writing Workshop Instructor,  Editor, wife, and mother of five, two of whom she is still homeschooling. 

16 comments:

  1. Welcome, Linore! I'm glad to have you on my blog this week!

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  2. What a cute idea! I have wrapped presents this way with Christmas wrap & ribbons. Little surprise tubes would be fun for the grandkids :) thanks I'd forgot about Crackers!
    dkstevensne AT outlook DotCom

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    1. Hey Deanna! Love the tube idea. Linore has great ideas!!

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  3. These would make cute place cards too!

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  4. I like this idea as stocking stuffers for next year. I'm not a creative person but this year, I taped a big Christmas tree to our front door and my kids stick one ornament on the tree every day, on the ornament they write something that completes this sentence: "God, You are _____ " Kind of festive but also to help my kids remember the meaning of Christmas.
    garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com
    oh, and I follow your blog, too.

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    1. I LOVE this idea, Lis!! I'm going to share it with my daughter for my grands. Thanks for coming by and for following my blog.

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  5. Love this idea, Linore! Don't enter me as I already have a copy :) Wishing you a Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  6. We always have BonBons - Christmas Crackers - at Christmas. Sometimes we buy them, sometimes we make them.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, I don't believe I know what a Christmas cracker is but it sounds good!

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  7. No one ever asks me to beautify the table other than all the cookies and candy and appetizers! So guess that's my trick!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. LOL! It must be because all your cookies and candy are so appetizing and beautiful, Melody.

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  8. Thank you for this great post!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  9. Actually, all of our family is together for Thanksgiving...so we do more for Thanksgiving than Christmas, since not all of our children can get home for Christmas. Loved the idea given here & may try it for a small Christmas gathering we'll be having.

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