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Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods, photo block ornaments + more {101 Days of Christmas}

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101 Days of Christmas 2015

Each week I’m sharing seven of my very favorite 101 Days of Christmas projects from the archives.

Soon I’m going to print out my Christmas planner and start making plans for the holidays. Although I don’t use every page in the planner, the gift ideas and gift list pages are a huge help to me as grandparents and aunts begin asking for ideas for gifts for the kids and as we begin preparing our budget and shopping for gifts for our close family.

I know October is early to be thinking about Christmas plans for many people, but I find that the extra planning now gives us space to sit back and enjoy the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we make time for family traditions like our church’s live nativity, ringing the Salvation Army belly, making ornaments with friends and more!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

{28} Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

These chocolate-dipped pretzel rods are easy to make but so very pretty when lined up on a plate or in a cookie tin or jar. Be sure to use good quality chocolate rather than almond bark, as the sweet and salty flavor combination makes these the perfect treat

Click here for instructions.

Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti {101 Days of Christmas at}

{29} Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

Homemade biscotti has been one of our favorite discoveries of the Christmas series, and here’s another flavor combination that’s absolutely delicious. Plus, the dried cranberries and green pistachios make it extra festive!

Click here for the recipe.

DIY Glittery Pinecones

{30} DIY Glittery Pinecones

Sometimes the simplest projects are the best, and these glittery pinecones are a fun and easy way to add some sparkle to your holiday decor.

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{31} Austrian Kipferl

These cookies were some of my very favorites last year with their soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture and their subtle almond flavor.

Click here for the recipe.

painted glass ornament

{32} Painted Glass Ornaments

Handmade painted glass ornaments are fun for children and adults!

Click here for the {easy!} instructions.

popcorn garland

{33} Popcorn Garland

Popcorn garland is a classic activity from Christmases past, and my girls enjoyed the challenge of creating strands long enough to wrap around some of the trees in our yard.

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photo block ornaments

{34} Photo Block Ornaments

These adorable “vintage” photo block ornaments are a wonderful keepsake for your own tree or as a gift. Just grab some scrapbook paper, a favorite photo or two, and a few other supplies, and you’ll be well on your way!

Click here to see how to make these.

Just 74 days until Christmas!