The Perfect Christmas Gift

I got a brilliant gift for Christmas and I gave one too! (yay! Christmas success feels so good)

Tied for first place:

  1. the husband got me: the gift of not having to get him a gift
  1. we gave the in-laws: the gift of a night out TOGETHER,

Best Christmas Gift | leave it to Joy


I’m definitely going to whip up a few more of these to give out throughout the year.

DIY Christmas Card Display

DIY Christmas Card Display | leave it to Joy

It’s getting close to Christmas, and I love displaying all the cards I get from my family and friends; but I hate the clutter. A few years ago I found a really great idea on Martha Stewart’s website but I didn’t have a good spot for it to go. Now I do. Check out Martha’s idea here.

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My anti-Santa Christmas

Christmas Word Wall | leave it to Joy

There is no Santa in my Christmas. I am a real life not crazy Christian traditionalist. I also grew up without Santa  (when asked my parents said they didn’t want to lie to us kids). I may be partial to the whole thing since I grew up just fine without Santa, but I am also sick with how EVERY HOLIDAY has become completely commercialized.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies – No Bake

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies | leave it to Joy

I stumbled upon an amazing no bake cookie recipe. It’s also flour free, egg free, and if you used gluten free pretzels they would be gluten free too. They also freeze BEAUTIFULLY and are incredibly delicious!

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DIY Christmas Tree Skirt for $10 CAD

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt for $10 CAD | leave it to Joy

Last Christmas I made this little tree skirt, from an IKEA blanket that cost around $10 CAD.  I cut it into triangles and matched up the ends and sewed them into a round skirt.  Remember to leave a gap so you can easily get it on and off the tree. I tucked the tails inside, and top stitched them so that they don’t pop out.

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DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath | leave it to Joy

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – everywhere I go. Especially at my house, this weekend all my Christmas décor will go up! Starting with my latest DIY.

I was inspired by a DIY I found on Pinterest over a year ago, click here to see it. Personally I like mine better. I spent $40 on the materials and I have lots of leftover ribbon and burlap to use throughout the season and on other DIYs. After I finished it I found a similar style wreath at Homesense, and it was about $50. So I think I did ok.