Make Your Own Holiday Nesting Dolls

Today we’re bringing you our first Christmas DIY of the season—holiday nesting dolls. This project is reminiscent of our popular hand-painted nativity and DIY dala horse. Like those, these holiday nesting dolls start from natural wood shapes and turn into colorful heirlooms by the time you’re done. It’s the perfect type of Christmas craft!

What Are Nesting Dolls?

Though nesting dolls we know today came from Russia, the original nesting dolls actually date back to ancient China. Both Russian and Chinese nesting dolls rely on the same concept—one large doll (often representing the mother or maternal figure) encompasses a set of smaller dolls. However, the smallest of the Chinese nesting dolls held a grain of rice (that’s a tiny doll!). 

Before the traditional dolls made their way to Russia, they caught on in Japan. It was there that a Russian woman noticed the dolls and took them with her to Russia. Her husband, Savva Mamontov, was a patron of the arts particularly interested in Russian folk art.

The first Russian dolls appeared in the late 1800s, where they were referred to as “Matroyshka,” which comes from the Latin root “mater,” or mother. We love the symbol of the nesting dolls as much as the dolls themselves—as it represents creation and new life (something we all hope for at the end of this tumultuous year!). 

Now we’ll show you how to make your very own holiday nesting dolls you can pass down for generations to come.

How to paint your own nesting dolls

This project was heavily influenced by our mid-century heirloom nativity set. You can see that project here.

Materials

Instructions

  1. You can either start out by painting each one a solid color like I did. OR you can pencil in your design.
  2. Pencil in your design or continue painting in the design.
  3. That’s it!

It’s a simple method that produces big results!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Once you do, tag us with #HolidaysWithLars or #LarsMakes.

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Stocking Stuffers Ideas New to Our Accessory Shop!

Colorful Stocking Stuffers Ideas!

Geometric Hair Clips Sets

These hair clips sets are already hand-curated into Lars-approved color schemes! Pair unique shapes together to make any outfit instantly more fun. Personally I am loving the burnt orange + lilac, but this pale green is also so on-trend right now. Click here to shop endless color combinations.

Cross off your to-do list on time and order gifts for friends and fun stocking stuffers now! Limited quantities available.

Who to gift these to…

You artsy friend! With a perfect mix of muted and bright colors, your friend will appreciate how out-of-the-box these minimal accessories are.

Beaded Hair Clips

stocking stuffers ideas

These refined bead clips come in such pretty color schemes you’ll want to base your entire outfit off your clips, instead of the other way around. Like this clip featuring sage, peach, and taupe paired with the loveliest shade of blue. Or this clip in shades of lavander and chartreuse. These colors are giving me some major inspiration!

This bead clips come in other fun shapes too! Like this and this.

Who to gift these to…

Your thoughtful friend. Let them know you care with a hand-picked clip set in a color scheme inspired by them!

Wave Hair Clips

stocking stuffers ideas

I am obsessed with a curvy shapes and you can find plenty of those in this new collection. This wave pattern has already inspired some of my recent DIY projects, like this Scallop Wave Pinboard. So of course it has been so much fun to add my current favorite pattern into my wardrobe!

Perhaps my favorite part of this new hair clip trend is that there is a way for everyone (of all ages) to pull it off. Unlike many trends that feel exclusive and unattainable, this trend really is for everyone. We worked hard to fill our Accessory Shop with a great mix of colors, patterns, and styles so everyone kind find something they love! Which of the new clips match your personality best?

This trend is casual, easy, and colorful. These x-shaped hair clips feel like quite the throwback. And it’s fun to feel like a kid again once in a while 😉

Who to gift these to…

Your spunky friend! With extra bright color pairs and shapes, these clips will stand out just as much as they do.

CHUNK Accessories

stocking stuffers ideas

CHUNKS is an indie brand created by accessories designer, Tiffany Ju. Designed in Seattle and proudly manufactured in China. I have been eyeing her designs for quite a while now and I am so excited to carry them in the Lars Shop! It is a great opportunity to support a female POC-owned company.

In addition to fantastic claw clips, we also dropped this eye-catching sunglasses in blue, tangerine, and neon pink.

Who to gift these to…

Your stylish friend! Bold prints like checkboard and are so in right now, these clips will fit right into their already fabulous closet.

Other Accessories and Stocking Stuffers

All of these clips come in limited quality and we cannot guarantee a restock, so help Santa out and order stocking stuffers and friend gifts now!

Click here to shop our full Accessories Shop or explore the links below!

 

DIY Orange Winter Berries Christmas Wreath Kit

Christmas Oranges + Winter Berries

I love the tradition of incorporating oranges at Christmas. This wreath was inspired by the paper orange garland we created for Craft the Rainbow.

If you aren’t ready to make your Christmas all colorful this year with our Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit, this kit has a much more traditional and classic feel but still with a Lars twist of course! I love how this wreath can blend in perfectly with all of the Christmas Decor you’ve been loving for years. It is such a fresh addition to your front door for all your socially distanced neighbors to see. Plus this wreath isn’t strictly Christmas themed – with the dark greenery and winter berries you can keep it up all season long.

Christmas Wreath Kit Pre-Order

Your wreath kit includes a written tutorial, access to the virtual workshop with a video tutorial, and all the supplies you need to make your wreath that you can use for years to come! Since this wreath is made using crepe paper, it’s much easier and more cost-effective to buy the kit instead of rolls and rolls of crepe paper. (Because most crepe paper is sold only in bulk amounts.)

As I mentioned with our Bottle Brush Tree Kit (which is also available for pre-order now) we want to make projects like this even more accessible for you. Crepe paper is one of my favorite project supplies, but it is usually only available in bulk! The purpose of this kit is to give you all the supplies you need for this wreath, without you over-spending on endless crepe paper you don’t have a need for.

This wreath kit is a lot like our Easter Egg Wreath, but instead of eggs, you’ll be making beautiful Christmas oranges for a timeless decoration you can reuse for years to come. 

Pre-Order Information

The wreath kit + virtual workshop access is currently available at early-bird pricing for just $60! This early-bird cost won’t last long. Over the next few days full pricing will begin, and all pre-orders close on Thursday November 5th. So get your order in before then!

What your Christmas Wreath Kit Includes

  • Crepe paper in the colors green, white and shades of orange
  • Deep green cardstock
  • 12-inch wire wreath frame
  • 6-2.3 inch styrofoam balls
  • Cloth-covered floral wire
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Access to the virtual workshop hosted by Brittany (which you can access at any time once you have received your supplies!)

DIY Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Christmas Traditions We Love

I always love hearing about different holiday traditions! Some of these Christmas traditions seem like such normal things nowadays, but you may be surprised to learn where they originated!

A few years ago, I created a series called “My Scandinavian Christmas.” This series had contributors write about their traditions. You can check out all of the posts here. I’ve included some Scandinavian traditions below as well as traditions from other countries!

Learn the traditions of your family members

 

As Christmas is a time to gather with family and loved ones, it is also a special time to remember our ancestors. For our Heirloom Ornament Project I collected some photos of my family members, including great-grandparents, parents. Then we figured out an awesome way to transfer images onto fabric, then added a touch of love with embroidery, and turned them into ornaments! I absolutely love how they turned out. It’s literally a family tree! And a family Christmas tree at that!

Every year these ornaments start the best conversations about memories of our family members and Christmases past. Click here to download instructions on how to make your own!

Christmas Traditions in Germany

Christmas Trees

Many people all over the world decorate Christmas trees for the holiday season. The tradition of bringing decorated trees into the home originated in Germany! It was said that Christmas trees didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1800s, but now they’re a Christmas staple in many homes! 

Whether you want a more traditionally decorated tree or opt for decorations out of the ordinary, we’ve curated all kinds of Christmas tree inspiration! Check out some of our favorite Christmas tree ideas here!

Dresden Wreaths

Dresden Ornament wreaths were originally made out of old candy molds or ornaments in Germany beginning in the late 1800’s. The brass figurines represent seasons and holidays throughout the year, making it a piece you can keep up all the time. There is space in between the trinkets so you can weave garlands, florals, or lights in it depending on the time of year. I love the stunning quality of it just as is.

They happen to cost a pretty penny, so we decided to make our own Paper Dresden Ornament Wreath (of course!) We created the files you can use on your craft cutter machine to expedite the process or you can hand cut them, because we know shopping, baking, and decorating are in full swing!

Christmas Traditions in Norway

St Lucia’s Day

If you’ve been following the blog, you know my love for all things Scandinavian. In the tradition of St. Lucia or St. Lucy’s Day, celebrated on the 13th of December, a procession of girls in white dresses and red sashes (symbolizing Saint Lucia) carry candles and sweets. The lead girl wears a candlelit crown on her head, as this is what Saint Lucia wore to light her way and serve the persecuted Christians.

We’ve created a couple of different St. Lucia crown tutorials here at Lars. You can view our classic DIY candle and leaf crown here. If you’re looking for something a bit easier and kid-friendly, you can get the printable crown version here.

Christmas Traditions in England

Candy Crackers

Christmas Crackers originate from British Christmas traditions, where these individual candy-filled poppers are set at each place at the dinner table, and playfully popped open before dinner. Fill these up with all of your favorite goodies for all of your favorite friends and make the giving experience all that much more fun when you pop these bad boys open to find anything from treats to tiny trinkets, the options are endless!

Christmas Traditions in Sweden

Dala Horses

A couple of years ago, we made Christmas decorations created entirely from paper. We incorporated traditional Swedish Christmas decor. This included straw ornaments, Dala horses, and advent stars. You can take a look at our head to toe Swedish Christmas here.

If you are any bit familiar with The House That Lars Built, or you’re good at reading in between the lines, we are a design company with a strong adoration for Scandinavian aesthetic. I went to design school in Copenhagen, married a Dane, and continued to live there until 2014. There is just something about Scandinavian design, culture, and lifestyle that I can’t quit. One item of Swedish culture I fell in love with are the Dala Horses!

The Dala Horse (or Dala Häst as it’s pronounced in Swedish) is a traditional icon of Sweden. It’s a carved and painted wooden horse, most commonly red, with intricate hand-painted details. They are utterly charming and come in a rainbow of colors. Because we’re such big fans, we decided it was high-time we created a DIY Dala Horse. You can also find our tutorial on how to paint your own traditional dala horse here.

Candles on Christmas Trees

It’s a very common Scandinavian tradition to decorate your tree with candles. However to avoid any fire hazards, we made this Paper Candle Christmas Tree Ornament instead. All you need is small baking liners, paper, and glitter and you’ll have a tree all aglow in no time!

Christmas Traditions in Mexico

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are one of the most common flowers around the Christmas holiday. The origin of these flowers comes from Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico. The flowers became a Christmas holiday staple due to their (typically) red and green colors. A few years ago, we created a tutorial for how to make your own paper poinsettia flowers for a more long lasting and sustainable version! You can read the full instructions here.

Piñatas

Piñatas are now widely used for birthdays and other celebrations, but Mexico celebrates the Christmas holiday with piñatas! Traditionally, the piñata is in the shape of a 7-point star, like theseWe’ve got fun piñata tutorials for you here at Lars, including this sunshine piñata and post-it heart piñata!  

Christmas Traditions in Denmark

Paper Stars

These magical stars have are a common sight during the Christmas season in Scandinavian countries and have recently gained popularity in the United States and Canada. Traditionally hung in the window and filled with string lights, the stars would welcome visitors during the long and dark winters. Click here to see how to make your own!

Christmas Traditions in Finland

Himmeli

Himmeli are Finnish Christmas ornaments or mobiles, typically made from straw. We created a post about Himmeli geometric home decor a few years ago. Most importantly, these mobiles can be hung during any time of the year! The design ideas for this are endless. In the ‘My Scandinavian Christmas’ series, we talked with Rilla of the blog Kotipalapeli about Himmeli mobiles. You can find the original post here. We also included another post with Pinja of Pinjacolada on Himmeli Christmas tree garlands.

What are the Christmas Traditions where you’re from? I would love to hear below!

Whimsical Christmas Ornaments Now in the Lars Shop!

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Make Christmas 2020 Colorful

Remember last year at this time? When we were right on the edge of all of the end of year Holidays? We had no idea what was coming not long after the Holiday decor was all put away and the snow started to melt. It does feel a little humorous now that when the clock hit Midnight last year we actually cheered for 2020.

Though I am grateful for all the good things that 2020 has brought us – social change, more awareness, more opportunities than ever for learning and growth – I must admit I am so happy we have finally reached the most wonderful time of the year! And before we ring in 2021, I am determined to make this Christmas season the most joyful yet!

For me the easiest way to make Christmas even more joyful is to (you guessed it) bring in even more color! One of 2020’s many lessons is to expect the unexpected. With everything turned upside down already, I think this is the perfect year to take the surprises one step further – with a whimsical, bright, and artistic Christmas look! Explore our 2020 Christmas Shop here for all our top ideas.

Artistic and Whimsical Christmas Ornaments

Frida Kahlo Ornaments

Our Frida kick continues! Gift a Frida Kahlo Ornament and pair it with a subscription to our Great Artists! Course for the most artistic gift ever.

Christmas in Paris? Oui Oui!

If your travel plans got cancelled this year, bring a European Christmas to your own living room! These Macron Ornaments + our new Floral Eiffel Tower Ornaments make the perfect Parisian pair.

Flower Garden Boots Ornaments

In honor of the flower lover in your life, hang this Welly Floral Garden Boot Ornament. I died when I saw these ones!

I’m Dreaming of a Rainbow Christmas

As much as I love a classic red and green Christmas look, I just can’t handle sticking to such a small color scheme. This year, I’m dreaming of a rainbow Christmas! Sneak some color in to this year’s decor with these Rainbow Ornaments. Plus try out our bottle brush tree hack, crepe paper trees in every shade! Right now (for a limited time) this project is available as a kit in our shop! Pre-order your kit now to for all the supplies you’ll need to make thirteen 12″ tall trees in a full rainbow.

Folk Ball Ornament with Dale Top

These Folk Ball Ornaments are the ideal whimsical Christmas ornaments but with a traditional and classic look. Inspired by Swedish patterns, these are the kind of ornaments that become family heirlooms over the years.

Dala Horse Ornaments

My favorite Christmas Decor is inspired by Scandinavian tradition Lars himself would be proud of. These Glass Dala Horse Ornaments are the perfect way to add a touch of color, culture, and whimsy to your other classic Christmas decorations. These ornaments went QUICK last year, so now that they are back don’t hesitate to order your own. They come in 6 different colors and are 5 inches tall! I love pairing my ornaments with other Dala Horse inspired projects like this DIY painted version, or adding these paper templates for a head-to-toe Swedish Christmas tree.

Other Christmas Decor for a Joyful Holiday

Pastel ombre bottle brush trees

In addition to our new ornaments, our Christmas Shop is now stocked with plenty of other decor too! Like these Pastel Ombré Bottle Brush Trees that come in a pack of 6, wrapping paper, and printable options for all your Christmas needs.

Click here to explore the winter wonderland that is our 2020 Christmas Shop!

whimsical Christmas ornaments for a colorful Christmas

Christmas Decor Kit + Virtual Workshop: Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Trees

I have a thing for bottle brush trees. Since making our first project with them, I’ve decided they will be a staple in my Christmas decor every year. My favorite part is you can use them to curate your own Christmas color scheme! Whether you purchase an existing colorful set (like this one from Terrain, or this ombré version from Maisonette, or this pastel set just added to our very own Lars Shop!) or dye your own custom colors with our DIY tutorial, they are such a fun piece of Holiday decor.

Last year, I wanted a rainbow of trees in bigger sizes, but couldn’t find a white set to dye in the size I was dreaming of. Well, there is only one place my instantly goes in a situation this like – to paper! Crafting something out of paper is my solution for most problems I run into. Hence our hack for colorful bottle brush trees was born – our DIY crepe paper tree tutorial.

This season our team is taking this one step further – for our most simple version yet, we are releasing this special edition kit! With the help of your own Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit, you’ll only have to take care of the fun parts of creating your own rainbow of mini Christmas trees.

Each Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit Includes

Supplies to make thirteen (up to) 12″ tall trees each in a unique shade!

  • 13 assorted crepe paper colors of the rainbow
  • 13 – 12 inch wooden skewers
  • 13 – 1 inch drilled wooden rounds
  • Access to virtual workshop with video tutorial
  • Template

As I mentioned before, our yearly goal is to make this top Christmas project of ours more and more accessible. Crepe paper is one of my favorite project supplies, but finding it not in bulk can be tricky! And unless you’re planning an entire forest of rainbow Christmas trees this year, chances are you don’t need much paper in each color. The purpose of this kit is to give you just the supplies you need for a great set, without you over-spending on endless crepe paper you don’t have a need for. Leaving you with time on your hands for all the other Christmas shopping, and some extra $ in your budget!

Cross this off your Christmas to-do list (without needing to check it twice!)

We’ve already done half the work for you – shopped out the best supplies, narrowed it down to only what you need, packaged it up nicely, and will have it delivered right to your door! All that is left is for you to have some fun making your own bottle brush tree set with the help of my video tutorial. You will be given access to the virtual workshop with the purchase of your kit. You can access this video workshop at any time.

Pre-preorder information

This exclusive bottle brush tree kit is currently only available for pre-order! Place your order by Tuesday November 3rd in order to receive your kit in plenty of time for the Holidays. After 11/3 the pre-order will be closed and we cannot guarantee this kit will be available again in the future.

Click here to purchase your Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit

Because this project is made of paper it can be stored and used for years to come! Order your kit now to make your holiday decorating crafty AND simple.

DIY Christmas Poppers!

We’re getting ready to rock around the Christmas tree, or in this case pop around the tree, with these DIY Patterned Poppers! Fill these up with all of your favorite goodies for all of your favorite friends and make the giving experience all that much more fun when you pop these bad boys open to find anything from treats to tiny trinkets, the options are endless!

How to make DIY poppers

Materials: 

  • Poppers patterns (you can print large ones at your printer or smaller at your house, your printer can also resize them to create a variation of sizes!)
  • Kraft paper (we used a little extra wrapping paper we had laying around!)
  • Ribbon
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scoring tool

Directions: 

  1. Print out your popper patterns.
  2. Cut out your pattern with an exact knife of scissors.
  3. Use a scoring tool to score the lines that will be folded.
  4. Cut out your popping piece.
  5. Fold your 2″ rectangle into thirds.
  6. With the two halves of your popping pieces you will need to glue them to the 2″ rectangle in the middle fold, be sure to leave a small space between the two strips of paper.
  7.  Take your popper template and choose which flap you would like to attach your popper to.
  8. Gently push your popper template edges in so you create a mountain piece at each end to mimic what it will be like all folded and use the popper piece to mark the spot where it should be places. That will be the distance apart that you need to make your poppers be placed.
  9. Glue your popping piece to the popper template at the measured spot from the previous step on both sides of the popper.
  10. Place all of your goodies in the popper.
  11. Roll the folded layers to create the final shape of the popper.
  12. Your first tab and last tab will overlap.
  13. tie ribbons around the end to secure it closed

We cant wait to see the you pop around! Be sure to tag us with #Holidayswithlars

Inspiring Christmas trees and how to get the look

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Truly Inspiring Christmas Trees

I’ve gathered them into a few different groupings as I think there are things to learn from each type. Let’s get going:

Unusual shapes in unexpected objects

The folks at Martha once again pull through in providing some beautiful Christmas tree inspiration and this list is full of them. And for good reason! This one is from last year’s December issue and made me pause while I was flipping through the issue. Why is it beautiful?

  • The unusual and organic shape. You will always make a mark when you re-think the foundation and that’s precisely what happened here. It takes you by surprise, no?
  • The beautiful moss tree skirt. Unexpected, earthy, and a beautiful chartreuse color.
  • The perfectly chosen color palette of cool shades of greens, teals, blues and whites.
  • The lack of a tree topper keeps it refreshing.

Photo from here

Here’s another unusual shaped tree. You could  leave it on it’s own and it would be stunning. And the natural elements allow it to sing!

Photo from here 

I’ve loved this one for many years because of the simplicity of the design yet the unexpected glass vessel and lovely shape of the tree. The organic quality keeps it interesting and sculptural.

Photo from here

Tinsel trees

Tinsel was in fashion in the 50s and 60s and we totally forgot about it when I was growing up. Sad for us! A lovely tinsel tree adds wonder! And if you don’t have a beautiful shaped tree or want to pay for a cheaper one, get one that’s disregarded and cover it! These two are also stunning for their sheer size. In this case, MORE IS BETTER!

Photo from here

Photo from here

Floral Christmas Trees

It was only a matter of time before flowers hit Christmas trees once again and I found a few that are stunning (in addition to my Martha Stewart dream, as you know).

Design Love Fest created this beautiful with a continuous downward spiral ombre look made from flowers.

Photo from here 

This floral Christmas once again features an ombre effect and I’m digging the head to toe feel.

Photo from here

Dried flowers are the flowers of the moment and Vanessa Pouzet nailed hers! Plus, she can reuse the flowers afterward.

Photo from here

Another pretty floral tree with a touch here and there. Makes it feel like you’ve stepped into a garden.

Photo from here

Scandinavian Christmas trees

My friend Eva always has the most beautiful Christmas trees. This isn’t hers below (wish I had a picture), but it kind of reminds me of hers. She always chooses a Charlie Brown type tree and decorates it with traditional Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian ornaments–a lot of straw ornaments and mini flag bunting. She lets the tree speak.

Here, I love how it’s all contained in a pretty natural basket and there’s the right amount of triangle bunting and great colors here and there.

Photo from here

Over the top Christmas trees

I will always applaud someone who goes TO TOWN with their trees because it takes so much time and work!

I spotted this mini tree a couple of years ago and loved how they combined the colorful plastic handmade straw ornaments (look at that tree topper!) and the mini straw ornaments (see our tutorial here!). She sets it off with the black and white checked ribbons, which I love!

Photo from here

I can always rely on Aunt Peaches for over the top done well! I love that you can feel her exuberance! She talks about her process in her post. Tons of poms, pom pom garlands, eye of God, and, of course, ALL THE COLORS! She calls it granny chic.

Here’s how to get the look:

 

Photo from here

And for the finale….This is another one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. Too much??? NEVER!!!! Alison, this is what I have in mind for you!

Get the look:


 

Top image from Martha Stewart

Christmas Village Present Scene with Pottery Barn Kids

Living in small quarters, I don’t allow just any toy in the house As a mother I feel a certain level of obligation to provide Jasper with toys and games that promote healthy learning and play, which is why I went gaga over Pottery Barns kitchen toy items. For long time readers, you might be thinking “Brittany, you don’t even like to cook,” and you would be correct. However, I’m looking to instill a love of cooking in Jasper from a young age, just like his daddy, so he can take care of me as we gracefully age. This is a dream to expound on another day, but now, back to all of the goods I found at Pottery Barn Kids. 

Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar Using our DreamBox

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See our Craft Palace in Action! 

As you know, we are constantly DIY’ing our hearts out here. What you may not know is how much easier out DIY’ing experience has become thanks to our DreamBox. It is dreamy, that’s right, I said it! Dreamy! But seriously, to say we are loving our DreamBox may be the understatement of the century. 

Watch this video to see the DreamBox in action and make the Bulb Advent Calendar while you’re at it!

Gifts for All the People in Your Life and How to Wrap Them

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Can anyone tell that we are really in the Christmas spirit already? CAN IT JUST BE CHRISTMAS YET?! Okay, actually, no not really because that would mean I would need to be done with the one thousand things on my very long very extensive checklist, however, thanks to Tuesday Morning that checklist has become noticeably shorter. A few weeks back I found myself feeling that holiday rush, yes, I know a bit premature but this is what happens when you work in a field where you start every season 6-8 weeks early! Feeling the pressure I found myself wandering into Tuesday Morning for what I can only describe as the happiest shopping experiences.  (Click HERE to find the closes Tuesday Morning store to you!)

Christmas Home Advent Calendar

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‘Twas the night before Christmas…Okay no not really, I know it’s not Christmas yet, but we are getting very excited for the Christmas season. The lights, the colors, the crafts what’s not to love?! However, one of the things I love most about Christmas is the spirit of excitement, glee, and giving that floats in the air. As we near the day that it becomes socially acceptable to countdown to Christmas the Lars team decided that we could use a little reminder to keep that true Christmas spirit around and help us not get caught in the snare of a commercialized Christmas. And thus 2019’s advent calendar was born.