Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am being paid by Walmart for this Gift Baskets for Tree Trimming Family Night post as part of the #SaveMoneyGiveBetter2017 campaign.
When The Hubs and I got married, one thing that always stood out in my head as a tradition I wanted to start was a tree trimming family night. I just love the idea of Christmas music and movies, sentimental ornaments, a family dinner, and lots and lots of glitter to start off our family Christmas season. You can tell from this Christmas home tour post I wrote two years ago that I love this season! Last year was the first year, Scooter Britches really understood and was into the whole thing. This year, she has been begging for weeks to put up the Christmas tree and watch Christmas movies. Even Little One was excited about it this time which really amped up my own excitement.
I am one of those who savors every bit of Thanksgiving before getting out the Christmas decor. But, by gosh, that Saturday night after Thanksgiving, our tree trimming family night is in full force.
This year, our little family went to Cracker Barrel for an early dinner on our designated tree trimming day. For me, Cracker Barrel is a great restaurant to kick off the coziness of the Christmas season. When you walk in the place, you can’t help but jump into the Christmas spirit with all of the sparkling holiday ornaments, dishes, and kids’ holiday outfits. Y’all. If you have never checked out Cracker Barrel, for baby and toddler clothing, you are missing out! The little girl clothing is especially on point. And the smell of good country-style food definitely helps with the holiday mood!
The chicken fried chicken platter and the hamburger steak are my two favorites. The Hubs surprised me a bit by going with a breakfast platter instead of his usual chicken fried chicken.
I just love the family ambiance of Cracker Barrel!
Once back home, we began the somewhat tortuous process of dragging boxes down from the attic. Now, the fun began of keeping two excited little girls out of the boxes. I recall being pretty pleased that only one garland broke last year.
Can you ever really decorate for Christmas without making a huge mess first?I will spare you pictures of that disaster.
he only thing that wasn’t quite right was the muted Arkansas Razorbacks basketball game playing in the background. Sigh. At least The Hubs was sweet enough to mute the game and turn on our Christmas music.
The bottom 1/3 of the tree is well covered. Haha!
The girls even took charge and did most of the decorating of our tree in the upstairs playroom.
We were pushing it on time when we finished up, but we managed to watch a short Christmas movie and have “pah-corn” anyway.
I enjoy our annual tree trimming weekends so much that I decided to center some of my gift baskets around family tree trimming weekend necessities. I headed to Walmart and loaded up on all kind of things perfect for a tree trimming family night.
For the girls’ teachers, I chose Cracker Barrel gift cards, popcorn and candy for movie watching, packets of hot chocolate, Little Debbie Christmas Cakes. I also picked up the cutest snowman ornaments. As a teacher, I love, love when students bring me Christmas ornaments with their names and school year on them. (If they don’t put their names on themselves, I add it on myself so that I will never forget which student gave it to me.) This is something I took to doing when my own girls started day care.
For the teachers’ baskets, I also picked up some ornament hooks – those things always disappear when you need them, ya know? – and some simple garland and a little bottlebrush tree. (Another great idea would have been some Command Strips, but I had already left the store by the time I remembered those.) Now, to incorporate my other two favorite parts of tree trimming weekend – baking and wrapping – I added a few sprinkles and cupcake wrappers and some ribbon and a few gift tags. For the teacher with a young child at home, I also included some window gel clings. I packaged all the goodies up in a big bowl perfect for popcorn, and the gifts are ready! I hope these awesome teachers can sit back and enjoy traditions with their own families for their tree trimming family night.
By splitting up the packages of what I bought between the two, I found I had enough items to stretch out a third gift – a secret Santa gift basket for one of my coworkers. I think I will run back to Walmart and get a Fandango card or maybe a Google Play card so my Secret Santa pal can rent movies from home during their tree trimming family night.
Did you know that Walmart has a holiday gift card kiosk where you can purchase gift cards for sooo many brands? Seriously, remember when you had to run all over town to go to individual stores and restaurants for gift cards? And if you lived in a small town, you were pretty much out of luck on finding a variety? It is so easy now!
I can’t believe Christmas is less than a month away and we’ve already had our tree trimming family night! These next few weeks will come fast and furiously. May we all take time from the business of the season to actually enjoy our family and friends and to remember what it’s all about!