I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Monday, December 30, 2013

Wanna See What We Bought for next Christmas and other Holidays????????

Did you think I fell off the face of the Earth or what???????

I have been working and shopping!!!

I just feel the need to say one thing that I have noticed out in Blog Land...

I am seeing Bloggers who have already taken down and packed away their Christmas decorations!!!!!!


Are you kidding me?????

Before New Year's??????

Maybe it is just the area  where I live but we do not hurry Christmas away here.

 It is a predominately Catholic area and many still leave up Christmas Decorations until the Feast of the Three Kings or The Epiphany. It occurs on the 12th day of Christmas which is Jan. 6th this year.

That is when the Christmas Season is officially over in the Catholic Church.

And we also have a large population of people who still celebrate Russian Orthodox Christmas which is Jan. 7th this year.

My parents used to keep up the Christmas decorations until The Feast of the Three Kings but in later years, took them down after New Year's Day.  But I truly can not even imagine celebrating New Year's without any Christmas decorations!!

I guess for some people when it is over, it is really over! I won't be getting mine down until about the 3rd week of Jan.

I want to Thank Kathy over at Life on Lakeshore Drive for featuring my post,
 Christmas in the Stores: Country Folk Store Tour , Part One from last week's
 Bouquet of Talent Linky Party!
Thanks so much , Kathy!

And I want to Thank Laura over at Sunday View for featuring my post,
 Christmas Home Tour , A Christmas Candy Kitchen from the last Inspired Sunday Party!
Thanks so much, Laura!!

I also want to Thank Joyce over at It's Your Life for also featuring my Post,  Christmas Home Tour , A Christmas Candy Kitchen,
from last week's Tuesday with a Twist party!!
Thanks so much, Joyce!

And I also want to Thank Stacey, over at Embracing Change, for featuring my post,
 A Christmas Tablescape and a bit of Snow, from last week's Creative Inspiration Linky party!
Thanks so much ,Stacey!!

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I actually started hitting the Christmas Clearance sales before Christmas because many stores had their Christmas merchandise reduced to 50 and 60 % off the week before Christmas!!

J.C. Penney's had a fantastic sale that started with 60% off Christmas which was a Martha Stewart Collection and then they had these coupons on top of that!!
This is what I bought there.......
Loved these Gold Trees with Battery operated LED lights......
And look at these bottle brush trees!!
And cute owl ornament that I plan on using for an Autumn Tree.
The gold trees were originally $60 each  but I ended up paying only $25 for both!!!

And the Bottle Brush Trees and ornament came out to only $13.96!!
Now I did buy other things there that I showed you in my last post but I think they deserve to be seen again!!

This cute Bear Nutcracker!!
All these red and white Candle Ornaments that I plan on using on my Living Room Tree next year......
This white glass cone tree.....
And I went back after Christmas when everything was 75% off and bought this white Tree
And these ornaments ......
And also used more coupons!!

Big Lots also had many of their things at 50 % off before Christmas and this is what I bought there.....
All these ornaments were originally $4.00 and were now only $2.00 each!!
These I plan on using in the Summer......
 Love the churches!!
 I plan on using these green and purple ones in my upstairs bathroom on a Tree and I plan on making a wreath too.
I went back to Big Lot's after Christmas when everything was 50 % off and bought these.......
Love the Pink LED Lights!!
Boxes with Music Sheet paper in the background  and ribbon......
Then I went to Walmart for 50% off ........
This is what I bought there.....
More Shatterproof Balls!!
The little white trees were 37 cents each!!
Warm White LED lights with White wires for my white tree!!
These were only $2.98
These green trees were $1.00 each
And they have Deco Mesh at WalMart!!

I bought 2 different colors of Burlap Deco Mesh for $4.00 each...
Then I went to Dollar Tree where all their Christmas merchandise was 50% off.....

This is what I picked up there.....
 I bought 5 of the gold cones for Crafting purposes.....

Recipe cards....
Snow Flakes and Candy Sticks.....
More candy ornaments....
Everything was 50 cents each....

Joe bought these 2 reels of Warm White LED lights in Sam's Club for only $9.91 each.....
One is white wire.....
Then Joe went shopping at Wegman's and things were marked down 50 - 75 % off there.....

When I woke up in the afternoon after working all night this is how he put everything out for me to see!!
The Tea Pot had no lid so he talked the Manager down to $2.00!!!
Now did I teach him well or what!!

I wanted to go shopping right after work the day after Christmas but  I ended up coming straight home.

I wanted a White Christmas and I got it unexpectedly the day after Christmas!!
 Not one Weatherman had called for this and since it was the day after Christmas, no roads were plowed and I slid through every red light on my way home!!

It did look pretty though, didn't it??
So I did go out the next morning after work......

I hit Target for 50% off........
I had a good time there!!
These pretty pink ornaments were $2.00 each....
The Lollipops were $1.00 each and the cord was $2.99
Love these LED Battery operated lights.......

The purple will be used in my upstairs Bathroom next year and the red ones in the Kitchen
These were $3.50 each..

More pink LED lights!!
The ribbon is going to be used in my Guest Room next year.....

Along with these ornaments......
The brown ones will be for my Autumn Tree....

Flameless candles on a Timer for $5.00 each and more lights.....

Peppermint Candy ones for the Kitchen.....
Love these clear wire LED lights at $4.00 each.....

Blue ones for my Powder Room......
This was in the Smith and Hawkins section and was marked down to only $5.58
More ornaments there.....
I said I had a good time there....
Then Joe went to Walmart on Sunday.....
He picked up these for 50% off....

Thomas Kinkaid Party Invitations!!
He went back to Wegman's and these were 75% off.....
Then he went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought these great Placemats for $1,99 each!!
I love them!!
Next he went to Burlington Coat Factory and bought these for 75% off!!
 I told you I taught him well!!

Today on my way home from work I stopped in at Target and they had gone down to 70% off!!
I had been holding out for this!!
I was there for 2 hours as they brought pallets out of the back and were restocking the shelves!!
More ornaments!!

The brown ones for my Autumn Tree, the blue will be for my Den tree and the silver and black will be for my silver Halloween tree!
 These will go in the Powder Room....
 Those little tree toppers were 30 cents each!!

More of the mini LED battery operated lights but warm white clear ones which were not out for 50% off! They were now $2.25 each!!
   The color of the ornaments in that big box that came down to $3.98 are the colors that I will be using on my white tree in the guest room next year.....
The little ornaments will be for 2 small white trees that I bought.....
Aqua tinsel garland was 60cents!! 

And look at those bird ornaments!!
Also there is owl ornaments too!!

No more pink ornaments but I found one in green and another Clock ornament for $1.00 each!
The head light was $1.48!
CD's were only $2.99!
The Scissors were $1.50 !

I also bought some nice garland at Big Lots with 3 different types of evergreen branches on it for $5.00 each and a 3 piece set of 2 three foot trees in urns and a matching lighted garland for $18 on Thanksgiving Day.

Now is the time to stock up for next Christmas and to think about how you can use things for other Holidays or year round.

I still have to hit Michael's and Walmart when they drop to 75 % off because I want more Deco Mesh!!
I will be checking there tomorrow.....

I hope you enjoyed seeing what Joe and I bought!!

I am off Monday and Tuesday night for New Year's Eve!
 Joe will be making Lobster along with shrimp, scallops and chicken fingers. The kids are coming....  And I make a vat of lasagna for New Year's Day which the kids also come for!! I will be working New Year's Day night......

Wishing you and Yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

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