Category Archives: Thanksgiving

Black Friday Sale Coming

HollyDays Black Friday Sale

We will be having a Black Friday Sale! Make sure you are signed
up for our Mailing List to enjoy all the perks of this special sale!

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Holiday Schedule + Christmas Order Deadline

HollyDays Christmas Shopping Deadline

It’s almost Thanksgiving! It’s so hard to believe it has come so quickly! I wanted to share with you our Holiday Schedule and Christmas Order Deadline. We are cutting off Christmas orders on December 6, but we definitely have some wiggle room based on your location and items ordered. Just contact us prior to ordering and we’ll chat about it first! Some orders may require expedited shipping after Dec 6 based on your location and order date. Also, we will be taking some time “off” from production to spend some time with family & friends, move (yay!) and make some important HollyDays updates! So make sure you make a note of this if you have an upcoming January or February event!

Oh, and be on the lookout for our Black Friday Sale! Wahoo!

HollyDays Black Friday Sale

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Simmering Holiday Scents

Holiday Simmer Recipe

Today we are over at Cultivate Create sharing our tutorial for oh-so-yummy-smelling Simmering Holiday Scents. It’s a great gift idea or for just using in your home to make it feel like the holidays! Go visit Amanda’s blog today and tell her I sent you! Amanda and I go way back (we were college roomies!) Such good times!

Happy HollyDays!


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Printable November & December Calendars

Free Printable November & December 2013 Calendars
The last two months of 2013 are officially ready for downloading and printing. I know the end of the year is probably pretty busy for your family, so I hope these calendars help you organize and plan your holiday season. Most importantly, I hope you schedule in rest time and time to enjoy family and friends. Make these months count!

Click HERE to download November 2013

Click HERE to download December 2013

We’re hearing lots of great comments on these calendars!
What do you use your calendar for each month – meal planning, schedule planning, etc?


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Give Thanks to the Lord

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Today is a special day as we gather to celebrate the blessings we have in our lives. I wish you and your family a truly special day.

(image above- my chalkboard hanging in my living room)

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Gobble! Gobble!

November is my favorite month of the year. It’s finally acceptable to listen to Christmas music, it brings Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), the start of the Christmas season and all things pumpkin. Today I made pumpkin bread for the teachers at our church’s preschool. I have the absolute best recipe for pumpkin bread. I have a friend who doesn’t even like pumpkin and likes this bread!

My best friend from childhood’s mom has entrusted me with her family recipe. It wasn’t until I moved out of state, and with some begging, that she finally shared her secret. I recently found out that her own daughter has not even been given the recipe! (she recently moved out of state and so she is hoping to soon make it into the inner circle) I am telling you all this only to say, I have been sworn to secrecy. However, I have the next best thing! The best recipe for banana bread. I don’t like banana’s and I like this bread. (Really!)

Banana Bread


1 cup of butter softened, 2 cups of sugar, 7 large ripe bananas mashed, 1 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract, 4 eggs slightly beaten, 3 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 2 tsp. baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl with beater attachment. Blend in the mashed bananas, vanilla and eggs. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients one cup at a time to banana mixture until well blended. Split into 2 greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

This bread is extremely moist and will be gobbled up quickly!

Happy Thanksgiving!




P.S. The little loaf pans are from Micheals craft store. They have a variety of fall and winter pans for $1 each, can’t beat that!

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DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape

Fall Tablescape

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you are like me, you have grocery shopping, meal planning, house cleaning on the mind (in addition to all the other things)! I made my trip to the (crazy) grocery store today and picked up all the necessities, well except for the one thing I forgot, so I’ll be going back. Doesn’t it always work like that?! Anyway, last week was a whirlwind for me and now I’ve got a day to prep before my parents get into town, so I’m busy today getting the house clean and the table decorated. I wanted to share with you a fall table I did for Southern Holiday Life Magazine that I’ll be doing for my own family Thanksgiving meal.

I hand stamped small canvas bags with names of guests with a special treat inside (these would also be great to hold “thankful cards” – little cards for each guest to list things they are thankful for and then during dinner it provides a special conversation.)

Thanksgiving Table by HollyDays

Thanksgiving Table by HollyDays

Each bag had a little rosette attached. (I love rosettes, so if I could put these on everything I own, I probably would.)

Thanksgiving Table by HollyDays

The candles were placed in an acorn-filled mason jar.
(This is a great project for little ones to help with)

Thanksgiving Table

Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving!

 (Oh, make sure to follow Southern Holiday Life on Facebook
and their 25 days of giveaways that started yesterday!)

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Free Printable November 2012 Calendar

Happy November! This is a quick post today because we are currently at Christmas Village Festival. We have a FREE Printable November Calendar for you! Click on the links below the images to download the printable .pdf files.

click here to download

click here to download

Have a great day!

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