Operation Cheery Ho-Ho


Christmas Sign

I should just have this sign up year long…

I’m having a hard time getting in the holly jolly mood so far this holiday season. It might be that I’m in the middle of an existential/life crisis.

Who knows. It’s like magnets, no one really knows how they work.*

I just went on Facebook and looked at my posts from last year and I had so much holiday cheer that I probably annoyed just about everyone around me. Fun decorations, crafts, activities and all of it with a big a happy face. This year I feel like I just want to put up a tree and take a nap… It’s not that I feel like I need the stereotypical christmas fun time, I just want to be able to give my little girly a fun holiday season like we did last year.

I didn’t get a picture of the Sparkle dance but her she is all glittery in her Princess Butterfly costume this year!

The other night my daughter came up with the idea that her name was Sparkle and she sang about how sparkly her sparkly dress was and did a little sparkly dance. That girl could make anything fun and cheerful so I just need to siphon some of that cheeriness out and add in into a cocktail for me. I want this holiday season to be like that dance; ridiculous and fun and sparkly!

So what are the plans for this holiday season to get back in the happy sparkly holiday cheer mood? We are calling it Operation Cheery Ho-Ho (which I just realized sounds like a military operation carried out by strippers in Santa hats…) and here are the key components:

Countdown to Christmas Trees

~ Christmas countdown trees – We had a great time making them last year and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel I think we’ll do them again this year.

~ Weekly holiday activities for the girly and me – Because of my homeschooling interest I am a part of a great little Yahoo Group called CATCH which posts fun and sometimes free activities for kids. This time of year I am getting boat loads of holiday happenings emails so the plan is to schedule in a lot of these fun outings this month.

~ Holiday baking – Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Frosted Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Neiman Marcus Cookies, and any new ones I come across will be on our baking list this year!

~ Glittery Sparkly House craft – My friend introduced me to the idea of creating glitter houses and I think maybe instead of doing a gingerbread house the girly and I will make a Glittery Holiday House instead! Then we can make it a tradition and make a new one each year to add to the collection!

I’m sure I’ll post updates as we work our way through Operation: Cheery Ho-Ho so look for some fun tutorials and recipes this coming month. See, I’m already starting to feel more cheery just thinking about all this holiday togetherness fun! I may have to self medicate with wine to make it happen but I am determined to be a happy elf this year!


*PS: Don’t give me that face and say “Ummm, actually, lots of people know how magnets work.” I am aware of this fact but apparently you and I are wrong and magnets are actually magic because ICP says so. Here’s the video that is NSFW but enjoy feeling better about yourself as you watch it.



(photo credit: dog.happy.art via photopin cc)

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14 Responses

  1. Operation Cheery Ho-Ho is the perfect name! Sometimes its just hard to get into Christmas. You’re such an awesome Mom for wanting to make it fun for Sparkle :).

  2. Emily Cullen says:

    I like what you did with the prompt and I love your countdown to Christmas trees! I am just going to use a cheesy Advent calendar this year.

    • Sara Carbaugh says:

      Well I was going to take the easy way out and do just a generic advent thingy but then Sparkle mentioned how fun the trees were so I figured we could try to start a little holiday ritual! :)

  3. SnipeWife says:

    2010 was a bad year for me with the Christmas spirit. So many things at once and it did not help that the Chief was at sea for the third year in a row. You have to put on a brave face for the sweet little face that looks up into yours. I’m really hoping mine do not remember that Christmas too much but that’s also because there aren’t too many good memories either. You have a game plan which is more than I had. I love all the ideas and your Christmas countdown trees are adorable! In addition to the glitter houses, don’t forget to save some glitter for the reindeer food!

    • Sara Carbaugh says:

      I think having Sparkle really helps me try a lot harder to be festive and happy around the holidays. Before I had her I had a lot of pretty depressing holidays but having someone to “put on a brave face” for really helps. I bet even if your little ones remember that Christmas they will only remember the good memories that you didn’t even realize you made! :)

  4. Classic NYer says:

    See, now you look like you’re having so much fun that I kind of want to spend Christmas at your place. And don’t worry about the military strippers; I’ll bring them with me. ;-)

    Stopped in from Mama Kat’s.

  5. julia says:

    Haha- love the visual of the “military operation carried out by strippers in Santa hats!” You are very motivated to carry out such a list as you have above. I’ll be lucky if I get my cards out on time! Love Christmas- but where does the time go?

  6. I´m saving the tree´s idea for next year. :D
    Some years are like that, some are up, some are down, some we float around going through the moves and others we soar and joyfully fly. :)

    • Sara Carbaugh says:

      I so glad to know it’s not just me being a grumpy puss and lots of people have up years and down years. I think a big part of it for me is the weather too so once it snows I’ll be able to be holly jolly and hate that it’s snowing at the same time! hehe

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