No mistletoe needed.

Long time and regular readers here know I subscribe to the K.I.S.S . Principle.



Keep It Simple Sweetheart.

This applies to Christmas too.

I simply do not and I refuse to buy into the over hyped and ever lengthening commercial Christmas season.

We, and especially children, do not need a perfectly decorated house. What we all need is love.

We, and especially children, do not need more and more gourmet meals and baked goods. What we all need is to experience being cared for.

We, and especially children, do not need more stuff. What we all need is more loving interaction with people.

Here are a few last minute ways to KISS this Christmas.

KISS Food Ideas
Ho Ho Ho Ice Cream Balls

1  ice cream scoopThese are an easy and festive dessert or treat anytime during the holiday and winter season. They look like colorful snowballs.

They are also very easy so children can help make them and experience Christmas.

Place about ½ cup of coconut flakes on each of two plates. Add a few drops of red food coloring drops to one plate and a few drops of green food coloring to the other plate of flakes. Toss the flakes with a fork until coconut is tinted.

Quickly roll a scoop of ice cream, any flavor, in the tinted coconut. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze until serving time.

For smaller ice cream balls use a meatball baller.

You can do the same thing for Easter using yellow and green food coloring; or on the 4th of July using red, white, and blue.

Christmas Toast

This is a fun way to serve breakfast on Christmas morning or any time during the holiday season for kids of all ages.



To the right: Picture of Valentine toast.

Make toast and butter it. Use a Christmas cookie cutter such as a tree, an angel, or a Santa, etc. and cut out the center of the piece of toast. Place the cut out toast over a fried egg and lean the cut out on the toast, or place nearby. Or stuff the hole with something else Christmasy

If you make a Christmas tree you can use squeeze bottles of different flavored jellies and make ornaments on the tree.  Top the tree with a peanut butter star.


KISS Easy Decorating Ideas

You can create an inexpensive table centerpiece by simply placing unused Christmas tree ornaments in a glass bowl. Add some glitter to the bowl too, if you like. Or add a snippet or two or three of greens from your tree, or tinsel in between1 tips 4 some of the ornaments. You can also pile the ornaments around a pillar candle.

You can also place a candle in a glass bowl and pour some fresh cranberries around it for a wonderful table centerpiece.

Or fill glass vases or bottles with water and add some holiday colored food coloring. Then add a tea light candle or two to the vase.

KISS The 12 Days of Christmas Books Experience

I think the title here is self explanatory. Just read one Christmas themed story book to your children every night for the twelve days before. Then have the experience culminate on Christmas Day with a gift of a book from you. Sign and date the book too. Create memories to last a lifetime. If you don’t have twelve days left, make it x number of Christmas stories.

The gift of reading to your children is a gift of love that will last a lifetime. It teaches so many things: the love of books and reading, listening skills, reading skills, cadence, how to read with meaning and excitement to name just a few.I did this when I taught 1st grade. The kids loved it. I always started with the poem The Twelve Days of Christmas so they would get the idea of why twelve days.

If you use the library this can be a totally free activity. If you don’t know what books to read, ask the children’s librarian.

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Following are some children book titles I like and would recommend.  This list is by no means exhaustive. There are millions more. Find the ones you like and can read with enthusiasm.

The Polar Express

Barbar and Father Christmas

Madeline’s Christmas

Eloise at Christmas

Horrible Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

An Orange for Frankie

Santa’s Stuck

Olive the Other Reindeer

The Reindeer Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Auntie Claus

KISS Last of All………..Don’t Forget to Relax ~ Milk Bath Recipe

And don’t forget to take care of yourself. To help you relax and let go of stress take a warm bath with this wonderful home made bath soak recipe.

 Milk Bath Recipe

1 a bb

½ cup powdered milk

1 tablespoon quality oil (vegetable, apricot kernel, jojoba, Grapeseed, or the like)

8 drops your favorite scented essential oil (vanilla, jasmine, chamomile)


Pour powdered milk and oil together directly under spigot of running water.

Mix with your hand

Add essential oil just before stepping into the bath.

Light a Christmas candle. Hang a ‘Do Not Disturb” sign on the door and pamper yourself for 15 minutes. You deserve it!!!

Relax. Enjoy. Rejuvenate!

Quote of the Day

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

Oren Arnold


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6 comments to KISS

  • Perfect post.

    My inlaws are here for two weeks. I am going from preparing one meal, cleaning the kitchen and preparing the next meal. My f-i-l is 92 and eats like a horse but he’s no bigger than a pencil. I’m not sure where he puts it but his wife says his clothes are all too tight. 🙂

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Roberta

      While you are busy sounds like in laws are interesting. I have 93 year old neighbors and they are a delight. However, they hardly eat anything. Neither is over weight either.

      Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too, Maureen.

  • Sounds like the perfect Christmas! Love it!

  • Virginia Urbach

    Roberta, hello. Loving your Kiss suggestions. Have yourself a very Merry Christmas, my friend.