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Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!

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*For more tips & tricks to make your Christmas magical, visit our 12 Days of Christmas Magic page!*

blogfootprints Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!Christmas morning is one of the most magical days of the year and we want to help you enjoy all of the excitement and joy that Christmas morning brings, that’s why we’ve put together some great tips that will help add a little extra magic to your Christmas morning for both you and the kids!

Christmas morning comes pretty early for parents who have been up all night wrapping “Santa” presents, especially because the kids usually wake up earlier due to excitement.

day12prod1 150x150 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!This year, buy yourself a little extra time to sleep in the morning and surprise your little ones by placing a special activity gift outside their bedroom doors, such as the Merry Christmas Personalized Coloring Book & Crayon Set.

This unique coloring book can be customized with your child’s name on the front cover and inside pages and you get to choose from 1 of our 4 cartoon characters that you want to be featured throughout the book. The book is full of holiday pictures to color, as well as Christmas-themed games, mazes and puzzles.

day12prod21 150x150 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!Speaking of puzzles, we have a wide selection of Personalized Christmas Puzzles (including photo puzzles!), that also make great outside-their-door gifts! When they wake up, instead of running straight to your bedroom to pounce on you, they’ll be able to spend some quiet time coloring in their new activity book or putting together their new Christmas puzzle!

The door gifts won’t be able to hold them off forever so once everyone is awake, make sure to have your camera ready and head over to the Christmas tree.

Surprise them by leaving magical Santa footprints near the cookies and milk they set out the night before (as you can see in the image at top left). To create Santa footprints, put a pair of boots down on the ground and sprinkle flour around them so that when you remove them, all that’s left in their place is a snow-like outline of a boot. Sure you’ll have to clean up a little mess later on but it will be totally worth it after you see the look of wonder on your children’s faces!

banner option 2 200x300 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!Have the footprints make a trail to the Christmas gifts and let the gift opening begin!

Thanks to Pinterest, we found a great tip for parents to use when the wrapping paper starts to go flying.

Take a large cardboard box and wrap it in Christmas wrapping paper, making sure to leave the top part of the box open.

Place it near the tree and as the kids start unwrapping their gifts, have them throw the paper away in the box. The pretty box (see example photo at right) will function as a trash can but will be disguised like a present so it will still look nice in all of your Christmas morning photos!

banner option 3 150x150 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!The fun doesn’t stop after the presents, make Christmas morning breakfast memorable by serving Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas pancakes!

As you can see from the photo at left, you can use whip cream and blueberries for the eyes, a strawberry for the nose and strips of bacon for the antlers and they won’t believe it when they look down and see Rudolph on their plates!

It’s the little details that matter and with this easy tips, your Christmas morning is sure to be one you’ll treasure for years to come!

Surprise Them with a Magical Christmas Eve Adventure!

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blog1 Surprise Them with a Magical Christmas Eve Adventure!*Visit PersonalizationMall.com’s 12 Days of Christmas Magic Page where you’ll find even more fun ideas for Christmas!*

Christmas Eve is one of the most special days of the year and with it comes an abundance of excitement and anticipation, so much so that the evening seems to fly by and come to an end before you have a chance to revel in the magic.

Well, we’ve come up with some great ideas and new traditions that will not only help make your Christmas Eve more memorable, it will also give you and your family the chance to really “be in the moment” and savor every minute of this special night.

For starters, kick off the night with a new tradition by letting the kids open one present on Christmas Eve – new personalized pajamas! Our Holiday Cheer Embroidered Pajama Sets are the perfect PJs because they can be embroidered with any name in both adult and youth sizes so the entire family can match! The kids will love getting a chance to open a gift early and Mom will be happy because it ensures that the kids will be dressed in cute PJs for Christmas Morning pictures!

blog2 Surprise Them with a Magical Christmas Eve Adventure!Once everyone is nice and cozy in their new personalized PJs, sit down as a family and read the popular Christmas book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg to get everyone in the mood for the adventure you’re about to surprise them with! When you’ve finished the book, announce that it’s time for bed and escort the kids to their rooms.

On each of their beds, hide an Embroidered Snowman Mini Treat Bag under the covers. Choose a boy or girl treat bag design for each of your little ones and have it embroidered with their name.

Have a camera ready because you’ll want to capture all of their giggles and screams as they discover their Christmas Eve surprises!

tickets2 Surprise Them with a Magical Christmas Eve Adventure!Inside each of the treat bags, include their favorite candy or snacks and most importantly – their special ticket for the “(Your Name Here) Express” (Click HERE for a free printable of our exclusive Express tickets (at left) that you can personalize with your own family name)!

Explain that they’ve just received a special ticket to go on a magical adventure and have them put on their coats and slippers and head the family car or van with their new treat bag and ticket.

When everyone is lined up, act as Conductor and punch a hole in each of their tickets before they climb into their seats.

hunt2 Surprise Them with a Magical Christmas Eve Adventure!Once everyone is buckled in, hand them their Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt List (Click HERE for a free printable of our exclusive Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt List) and a crayon and set out on your Christmas Eve adventure!

Take them on a car ride past all of the best decorated houses in your area so they can find items from their scavenger hunt list.

They can snack on the goodies in their treat bags as they stare out the window in wonder of all the beautiful twinkling lights of the neighborhood.

You can all work together as a family to find everything on the list or make it a friendly competition and suggest that whoever finds all of the items first wins a prize or gets to open the first present on Christmas morning.

blog3 150x150 Surprise Them with a Magical Christmas Eve Adventure!Once you’ve finished your magical adventure on the Family Express, it’s time to make your way home. Before sending the kids off to bed, remind them to set out the special Cookies & Milk for Santa Plate and Mug that you can have personalized with their first names or any 3-line message. They’ll love knowing that Santa knows exactly who the cookies are from and they’ll head off to bed excited to wake up and see how many he ate!

2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Winner Named

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sidedishescontestfbpromo403 2013 300x300 2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Winner NamedCongratulations to Hidemi Walsh – the winner of PMall.com’s Side Dishes That Steal The Show Recipe Contest 2013!

Here is Hidemi’s winning recipe for Brown Butter Sweet Potato Crumble:

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granola
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Butter

For Brown Butter Sweet Potato:

  • 2-3 Sweet Potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Directions: Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in half length-wise then slice them 1/4 inch thick. Put the sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate, cover in plastic wrap and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until tender. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat until foaming subsides. Turn off the heat and let stand until browned. Then stir in honey and sweet potatoes. Toss to coat well. Transfer the sweet potatoes into an 8×8 baking dish. Start making the topping in a medium bowl by mixing together flour, granola, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add the butter and work it in with your fingertips until well blended and crumbly. Fold in raisins. Sprinkle the topping over the sweet potatoes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25-28 minutes.

Doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious!? Thank you again to Hidemi for sharing this tasty recipe with us!

For submitting the winning recipe, Hidemi has won a $50 PMall Gift Card that she can use on any personalized gifts that she’d like!

Thank you to all of our fans who submitted their favorite side dish recipes! Keep checking back here for the latest news and contests from PersonalizationMall.com!

Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes that Steal the Show!

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sidedishescontestfbpromo403 2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes that Steal the Show!Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away which means it’s time for the “Side Dishes That Steal The Show” Recipe Contest!

We’re once again moving the spotlight over from the turkey to the side dishes as we ask our fans to send in their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

Feel free to share any recipe you’d like. We encourage you to share your modern twist to a traditional recipe, your family’s favorite side dish, or you can even share a recipe for a unique dish that isn’t typically served on Thanksgiving … we want to see them all!

And don’t think that you’ll be sharing your family recipes for nothing – one lucky PersonalizationMall.com fan will win a $50 PMall Gift Card!

To enter the recipe contest, send an email to social@pmall.com with the subject line “THANKSGIVING RECIPE CONTEST” with the following information:

- Your full name and an email address that we can use to reach you if you are selected as the winner of the contest.

- The name and recipe for your favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish with a few words about why you love it or why it’s special for you and your family.

Once you’ve sent the email you’re officially entered into the contest!

Please make sure you send in your emails before the end of Thanksgiving Day on November 28th, 2013.

The A Personal Touch Staff will read through all of the entries and determine a winner and the winner will be announced here on the A Personal Touch Blog on Friday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so you better get moving because it’s time to break out the cookbooks!

Good luck to all of our fans!

Ideas for Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos – Part 2!

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cardidea4 Ideas for Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos   Part 2!Last year we shared some Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos with you in a blog post to help inspire your family’s Christmas card photo.

Since PMall.com’s Personalized Christmas Card Sale is going on now and because we received such a great, positive response from our readers after last year’s post, we thought this would be a great time to share some more Christmas card photo inspiration with all our fans!

Some of our favorite photo ideas have a funny theme behind them, such as this cute photo of the kids goofing around (photo at left).

We love the idea of playing up the fact that the holiday season can turn into a crazy and busy time for everyone.

Your family and friends will be able to relate and will love your sense of humor.

Your family’s Christmas cards will be sure to get a smile and/or a laugh out of everyone!

cardidea9 Ideas for Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos   Part 2!It’s the fun photos like the kids with duct tape above and the photo of the acrobatic family at right (all of which we found on Pinterest), that really help to spread Christmas cheer.

They’re eye-catching and are sure to stand out from the dozens of stock holiday cards that your family and friends will be receiving from other people this year.

Have fun and get creative with photos – and don’t be afraid to include the whole family – it doesn’t have to just be the kids!

If you’d rather go for a cute Christmas photo instead of a funny one, don’t worry – we have some ideas for you, too!

The photo (below at left) of the siblings blowing snow together is adorable and makes a beautiful Christmas card photo!

It’s a cute, cheap and easy photo to coordinate and execute and the kids will have fun taking the photos, as well. You could try using real snow once it arrives, but we have a feeling that the photo would turn out much better if you use a fake, glittery snow substitute that you could find at any store that sells Christmas decorations. It may require a little clean up afterward but it will totally be worth it!

cardidea6 224x300 Ideas for Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos   Part 2!Once you’ve taken the photos and picked out your favorites, head over to PMall.com’s Personalized Christmas Card Store and check out all the great designs available in our Photo Cards and/or Photo Postcard Departments. With our wide selection of design themes you’ll be able to find the perfect card design to match your family photo. You’ll be able to upload your photo(s) and customize your card to your liking in just a few quick and easy steps.

Once you think you’ve finished your family’s Christmas card you can actually preview it before you purchase! That’s right, you’ll actually get to see how it will look before you order it so you can still go back and make any changes you’d like before placing the order!

Once you’ve finished personalizing your Christmas Cards, personalize a set of Personalized Return Address Labels that match your card design or check out our Personalized Self-Inking Return Address Stampers. They’ll save you plenty of time and money when you’re addressing your cards!

If you like the photo examples we found and included in this post, be sure to check out our Christmas Card Ideas Board on our Pinterest Profile, where we’ve been non-stop pinning every cute and clever photo idea we see!

If you have a clever Family Christmas Photo idea that you’d like to share with us and our fans, please email it to social@pmall.com. We can’t wait to hear what you think of these fun photos!

 

 

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