I think her first meeting with Santa was definitely a success!

The Great Ornament Exchange and Other JENerally Informed Christmas News

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 A few weeks ago my friend Beth of Our Pretty Little Girls announced an Ornament swap exchange. I thought it would be fun to participate in something like this with a fellow blogger, but I have to admit to being a little maybe a LOT stressed about my contribution! I  have never done something like this before. Especially with someone I had only met in the online world, so I hit about a dozen or more stores trying to find one that I thought was perfect. Hopefully my swap buddy Marlaina of The Pfisters enjoyed it!Deck the Halls Ornament Exchange! Come decorate with us!

So now without further delay, here is what my swap buddy sent me!

Take a look at my Deck The Halls Exchange Ornament!

Pretty cute huh?! My oldest daughter is a bona fide Reese’s junkie. It might be my fault she’s this way, but anyways, when she came home and saw the ornament on the tree she asked me why we were hanging candy on our tree instead of eating it! Thanks Marlaina, I think you scored a real win here!

Take a look at my Deck The Halls Exchange Ornament!

Speaking of decking the halls and all of that, I  thought you all might like to know that Jen’s Guy survived putting up our Christmas lights this year. I have to tell you that if I had to get up that high on the roof there would be no lights on our house now or ever! Thanks Jen’s Guy!

Thanks to the brave Jen's Guy, we have Christmas lights up!

My oldest daughter stood underneath the ladder and watched her Dad with the cellphone on the ready, you know to call 911 just in case…. Luckily it never got to that point, but while she was there chilling I snapped this quick picture of her. Is she not the cutest?!

Decking the halls, ornament exchanges and other JENerally Informed news!

Now onto the biggest news of the Holiday season for our little JENerally Informed family! Anneliese my 3 year old daughter has not been very enamored with the whole idea of getting real up close and personal with Santa. Last year when I asked her if she wanted to go up and actually talk to him at the mall she ran away! I didn’t push it, because well no one needs a face full of this when they aren’t ready…


This year however she was ready to meet Santa and so off we went! Judging by the smile on this girl’s face I think things went pretty well. She was actually rendered speechless on this her first meeting with the BIG guy, because when he asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she couldn’t think of a single thing to say!

Decking the halls, ornament exchanges and other JENerally Informed news!

Luckily, Anneliese’s older sister Rebekah was willing to help remind her little sister of a few things she might like to receive this year!

Decking the halls, ornament exchanges and other JENerally Informed news!

Oh, and just in case you missed my recipe for Oatmeal and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies I shared last week, you can see it here!

A delicious oatmeal cookie recipe with not one, but two kinds of chocolate chips!

Alright, I think that’s all for now, but stay tuned, because I have some fab things coming to the blog in the coming days!

Happy Holidays Everybody!



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  1. Aaaahhhh it’s so cute. We have a few Reeses junkies around here too, so that would be perfect. I am loving the Santa win too. It is always a bitter sweet moment when they stop acting like he is going to kill them :P.

  2. Oooh cute ornament! I do love Reese’s!

    Your little one is SO cute; I’m glad she was happy to meet Santa this year.

    Yay for your husband getting the lights up safe, and your oldest daughter is very pretty!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. I love that ornament. So cute.

    Hubby is not allowed on the roof anymore. We are way older than you so that’s why. Comes a time where you just don’t do that anymore.

    Your oldest daughter is beautiful.

    Your youngest is no longer afraid of Santa. You are a wise mom. I’ve seen moms force Santa’s on their little ones with very awful results.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ♥♥♥
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      Thank you! I am sure that we will give up on the lights some day as well. Probably when the last kiddos exits out the door.

      As per Santa, the screams reverberating around that area at the mall this time of year are pretty intense! I already have enough screaming in a day, so we pick our battles and the whole visit to Santa just wasn’t worth it. before now.
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  4. So glad to hear that the emergency services weren’t required, but great that your daughter was so well prepared. Love the photos of your little cutie with Santa Claus #happynowbloglinkup x
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    1. Me too! I am sure my husband felt very protected with her on the watch :) At least she is a fast texter and could alert the whole family, most of her school and the neighborhood in about 3 seconds flat!
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  5. That ornament is darling! I love it! My youngest was often quite fearful of meeting Santa (and Disney characters, Sesame Street Characters and the like)… eventually in his own time he was fine with it much like your daughter.
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    1. Yep, that sounds like our same story. We have now agreed that Princesses are OK, as well as Santa, but the other Disney characters are just waaaay to scary!! I think your waiting for your little guy to be ready is the perfect plan.
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