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There is no better family tradition to begin than teaching your children (and sprucing up your own) manners.

While the gift giving season is in full force, this is the perfect time to go out and purchase a nice set of Thank You Cards. I found these beautiful letterpress cards at Target just the other day that I think are just fantastic (and they are available online for purchase!)

There is nothing better than a handwritten thank you note in the mail to make someones day and to truly show your thanks. And for children, if you get them in the habit of it at a young age – it is sure to last a lifetime. What a great stocking stuffer – and a wonderful New Years resolution!


I was reminded of a classic point in entertaining etiquette this weekend as I wrapped & wrapped & wrapped presents under my Christmas tree to help get ready for the holidays.

Gift wrapping IS an art – and there are many traditions for holiday gift wrapping that I’ve seen folks try. For example, my grandmother would always carefully unwrap her gifts each year and then keep the paper, boxes & ribbons to be used for years to come. Mom used to wrap each persons gifts in a different color wrapping paper so you could easily tell who’s gift was who’s without the need for tags (that always fall off anyways!)

I have my own little wrapping tradition – wrapping everything in kraft paper, kraft bags, and twine. I love the simplicity of the look and the basic-ness of the elements. And I must say, it looks simply fabulous under the Frasier fir & cream Christmas tree skirt this year!

One year I added some white paper doilies, the next some fuzzy cream yarn, and this year have added tiny gold foil labels just to switch it up a bit. But it’s a signature wrapping I’ve become known for – even beyond the holidays – into birthday & wedding wrappings. And one I’ve continued even in the packaging of my IceMilk Aprons wrapping.

What is your art of gift wrapping?

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