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How early is too early to decorate for Christmas?

The other morning I woke up and started my day in the normal way. But then, something odd happened: Jack Frost nipped at my toes!

Here in sunny California, we don’t wear socks for 9 months out of the year, so when I reached for my fluffiest socks, I realized something ridiculously exciting – CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

I tried to hide my Cheshire grin, so my family wouldn’t see (and judge) the over-eager, trigger-happy Christmas Sherlock welling up inside my soul.

Fluffy socks are the first Christmas clue.

The first clue had been discovered, on that cold October morning.

But alas, I had to wait for the Christmas bug to catch on a bit more before donning my jingle bell earrings. The whole world doesn’t share my eagerness, and I know it can bring out some early-bird Scrooges if I’m not careful. But make no mistake, the magic of Christmas was already in the chilly fluffy-sock air.

I was patient…on the outside.

Cut to about a month later: as we all sat around in a Thanksgiving induced turkey coma, watching our annual family movie-a-thon. That little bit of glee started building again, as I recognized the second seasonal clue. Tomorrow is the day AFTER Thanksgiving!

Surely that’s soon enough to start decking the halls and sprinkling green and red glitter like it’s real Christmas magic…right?

But no, it’s still too early. Gotta get the hubby and teenagers on board.

Nobody was stirring from that turkey coma to get the staple gun and untangle the lights.

Okay. I’ll wait. I can be patient, right?

A full week went by as I “patiently” waited for my magic to be “acceptable” to the outside world – even though secretly in my heart we could totally have decorated for Christmas in August.

Then! While driving the boys to one of their many teenage activities, I finally spied it.

My inner Christmas Sherlock did loop-de-loops in my stomach (or throat or heart or somewhere around there). It’s heeeeere! Without even trying to contain myself I squealed, “Look look look! Don’t miss it!”

The teenagers, who regularly think I’m losing my mind, excitedly looked around for why I was freaking out. I gleefully pointed at the once empty field and exclaimed,

“They’re building the fence for the Christmas trees!”

This was of course followed by many teenaged eye rolls. Those come by the dozen around these parts. But those simple little beat up makeshift wooden fences signaled the start of something amazing, and nobody could deny it.

So, then I’m all in.

I started slowly at first (so as not to freak out the hubby too terribly much), and I played a Christmas song here and there. That went well, so I simmered some cider on the stove (here’s my favorite recipe). Then, I found the perfect Christmas wreath for the front door.

Slowly it all came together and the Christmas spirit started to grow in everyone around me. I saw eyes starting to sparkle and people starting to hum and wave at perfect strangers.

Until that one day happened – the one when you walk into the mall and then…BAM!

is it ever really too early to unleash the Christmas spirit.

It’s like someone yelled, “release the Christmas spirit!” We walked into the mall to be greeted with Christmas muzak being piped through the ceiling, and an entire Christmas village for Santa and his Elves.

Every surface had light-donned, ornament-topped wreaths.

Everyone had a red or green shopping bag – surely filled with Christmas gifts. A faint smell of gingerbread was in the air.

When I saw no fewer than four different people wearing jingle-bell clad sweaters, I knew that not even the teenagers could refute the Christmas spirit in the air.

My inner Christmas-Sherlock was transformed into Cindy Lou Who when I heard a mall security guard humming jingle bells under his breath.

That moment when Sherlock turned into Cindy Lou Who.

My husband and I looked at each other and knew that it was time to go home.

Our boys like to “surprise” us each year, and somehow we knew today would be the day. They still don’t know that we’ve caught on. The day we hit the mall for some Christmas shopping, they quickly pull out the tree and set it up.

They look through all of our dusty Christmas boxes in the attic, to decorate the tree with their very favorite ornaments. Each year, we see those old favorites and some new surprises as well.

We came home with hot chocolate for everyone and ooohed and ahhhed at the tree.

Isn’t it silly how family traditions just form themselves sometimes? And how they can pack so much nostalgia and togetherness into a seemingly unimportant series of clues.

Baby's First Christmas Tree Heirloom Ornament.

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So still now, each year, our boys find or make a new ornament to add to the tree.

We add the date somewhere on it, so we know which year it was added to our collection. Then, when they are grown and on their own, I’ll pack up all of their ornaments from over the years and present them with their own little box of special decorations for their very first on-their-own Christmas tree. Maybe I’ll keep a few for my own. ♥

And then, when the wonderfully delicious peppermint stick chaos of Christmas is over, I carefully take down ornaments from the tree and lovingly put them into the box for next year.

Wrapping them in paper and placing them gently in their little compartments for safe keeping. I reach for the big red Christmas ball and my boys start singing at me. I had bumped the little button that recorded them singing “Frosty the Snowman” so very many years ago, when their voices were tiny.

I cried…just a little bit.

Not with sadness, but because I realized the best part of Christmas was them – my family. Our family movie nights, our rousing card games and cozy soup nights, driving around the city with Grandma and Grandpa sipping cocoa and gazing at twinkling Christmas lights.

These are memories that we will cherish forever. ♥

I’ve had oodles of ideas over the years to create a special heirloom ornament for you to add to your collection. This year, I was finally able to bring the magic all together.

I’m so excited to introduce our very first Heirloom Keepsake Ornament.

Personalized baby and grandparent Christmas tree keepsake ornaments.

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It’s personalized with their name, the year, a special message – whatever you’d like – to make it extra meaningful just for your family. Because family is such a big and beautiful part of the Christmas season.

My heart’s desire is to offer a new ornament each year, so she can collect them for when she has a tree of her very own.

So pop on over to the shop & let me know how you’d like your very first special LGP ornament to be personalized for your family, from me and mine.

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3 heirloom keepsake Christmas tree ornaments for grandparents and baby.

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I currently have a limited number of these heirloom personalized Christmas tree ornaments, so head on over to the shop right now.

Wishing you the most magical Christmas. Now pass me the cider…and maybe some Kleenex.

~ Julie

Top 10 Flower Girl Gift Card Message Ideas

10 perfect gift card message ideas for your beautiful flower girl - ideas for before the wedding and thank you for after the wedding. | Little Girl's Pearls  ♥️ #giftcard #flowergirl #littlegirlspearls #giftcardmessages #thankyounote

On your wedding day, your flower girl is probably almost as excited as you are. She gets to dress up in a special dress, be part of a fairy tale day, and walk down the aisle with all eyes on her. She might also be a little nervous. After all, all those expectant faces can be a little daunting for a little girl! Whether she’s nervous or excited (or probably a mix of both), your flower girl will be an important part of your wedding day. Wedding guests love to ooh and aw over an adorable flower girl walking down the aisle, and you can share precious moments dancing with her at your reception.

Here are some ideas for thoughtful flower girl card messages that will light up her smile and make her extra happy that she gets to be your flower girl.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Ideas for Before the Wedding | Little Girl's Pearls

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #1 - Thank you for being my flower girl! I’m so lucky to have a wonderful young lady like you walk down the aisle with me. Thank you for helping to make my wedding extra special! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Thank you for being my flower girl! I’m so lucky to have a wonderful young lady like you walk down the aisle with me. Thank you for helping to make my wedding extra special!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #2 - I couldn’t have picked anyone better to be my flower girl. With your bright smile, beautiful dress, and graceful walk, you’re going to be the best flower girl anyone has ever seen. I can’t wait to watch you walk down the aisle. Thank you for being my special flower girl! | Little Girl's Pearls

I couldn’t have picked anyone better to be my flower girl. With your bright smile, beautiful dress, and graceful walk, you’re going to be the best flower girl anyone has ever seen. I can’t wait to watch you walk down the aisle. Thank you for being my special flower girl!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #3 - What makes a great flower girl? A beautiful dress, a happy smile, some lovely flowers, and a golden heart. Luckily, you have all of those! Thank you so much for being my flower girl. I’m so glad I get to share this special day with you. | Little Girl's Pearls

What makes a great flower girl? A beautiful dress, a happy smile, some lovely flowers, and a golden heart. Luckily, you have all of those! Thank you so much for being my flower girl. I’m so glad I get to share this special day with you.

Flower GIrl Gift Card Message Idea #4 - Thank you for being my flower girl! I hope you have so much fun walking down the aisle, dancing, and eating cake later today. I’m so glad we get to share our wedding with you. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being my flower girl! I hope you have so much fun walking down the aisle, dancing, and eating cake later today. I’m so glad we get to share our wedding with you.

Flower Girl Thank you note message ideas for after the wedding. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #5 - A special thank you for being such a wonderful flower girl. You did such a fantastic job, and all the guests loved watching you walk down the aisle with your bright and beautiful smile. Thank you for helping to make my wedding day perfect. | Little Girl's Pearls

A special thank you for being such a wonderful flower girl. You did such a fantastic job, and all the guests loved watching you walk down the aisle with your bright and beautiful smile. Thank you for helping to make my wedding day perfect.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #6 - Thank you for being such an amazing flower girl! I’m so glad I chose someone as kind and happy as you. You made me smile so many times on my special wedding day, and I know you brought smiles to everyone who saw you. You helped make my wedding day the happiest day of my life! | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being such an amazing flower girl! I’m so glad I chose someone as kind and happy as you. You made me smile so many times on my special wedding day, and I know you brought smiles to everyone who saw you. You helped make my wedding day the happiest day of my life!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #7 - Thank you for being my flower girl! You did such a wonderful job walking down the aisle, and after I watched you, I didn’t feel as nervous anymore. Thank you for helping to make our wedding so special! | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being my flower girl! You did such a wonderful job walking down the aisle, and after I watched you, I didn’t feel as nervous anymore. Thank you for helping to make our wedding so special!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #8 - Thank you for adding your beauty, happiness, and special flair to our wedding day. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we couldn’t have asked for a better flower girl. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for adding your beauty, happiness, and special flair to our wedding day. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we couldn’t have asked for a better flower girl.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #9 - Thank you for being our flower girl! The flowers were beautiful, but you were the one who made the beginning of our wedding really special. We had so much fun sharing our wedding with you. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being our flower girl! You carried your special flowers so beautifully!  You made the beginning of our wedding really special. We had so much fun sharing our wedding with you.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #10 - Thank you for being our superstar flower girl! You looked like a princess in your dress, and you made everyone smile as you walked down the aisle. We’re so grateful you could be a part of our special day. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being our superstar flower girl! You looked like a princess in your dress, and you made everyone smile as you walked down the aisle. We’re so grateful you could be a part of our special day.

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To show some appreciation for your flower girl superstar princess, you may want to treat her to a special gift or card. Traditional gifts include something she can wear during your wedding and then keep as a keepsake, such as a piece of flower girl jewelry, or a toy she can play with to keep from getting bored during the reception. A card, whether accompanying a gift or on its own, can help show your gratitude for your little flower girl and make her feel extra special.

Flower Girl Necklaces - Perfect Flower Girl Gifts by Little Girl's Pearls. ♥

Flower Girl Earrings - Perfect flower girl gifts by Little Girl's Pearls. ♥

Flower Girl Bracelets in real pearls and silver by Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Do you have any stories about your flower girl on your wedding day?  They can be so cute and SO funny!  They bring such a lovely levity to the day.  They help the bride keep her sense of humor!!  I’d love to hear your stories. ♥

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February Amethyst Birthstone

February Birthstone Amethyst

Amethyst, February’s magical birthstone, is one of my favorite gemstones of all time. I love its beautiful purple color, which makes it really stand out when mingled with lustrous pearls in a piece of jewelry. Amethyst is a kind of quartz, and its color can vary from a pale pinkish violet to a true deep purple to green.

February - amethyst birthstone name bracelet. February amethyst and pearl earrings

The stone’s beautiful color means that it’s been cherished throughout history. Ancient Egyptians and Romans used amethysts to make stunning engraved gems, Ancient Greeks used them to decorate elaborate drinking glasses, and European soldiers made protective amulets out of them. Many of these people believed that amethysts could protect them and keep them calm. I’m not surprised that people of the past thought that amethysts must be full of magical properties. The color is so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it’s natural; maybe there is some magic hidden away in there after all.

February Amethyst Adorable Bracelet February Amethyst and Pearl Necklace

Magic or no, I know that little girls love the color of amethysts. Who wouldn’t love that gorgeous purple color? It looks beautiful on its own, and it also looks wonderful when surrounded by shiny pearls and sparkly silver jewelry. When set in gold, an amethyst looks like it should belong to a queen or king. It’s a simply beautiful birthstone, with a color that’s magical.

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June – Pearl Birthstone

Happy Birthday, June babies!

June birthstone - pearl

You lucky duckies, your birthstones are classic pearls and gorgeous moonstones!  What a beautiful combination.

I can’t help but love June—that magical time of year simply bursting at the seams with weddings, anniversaries and graduations. Why not make an impression as dazzling as the summer sunshine with this month’s official birthstone: the simple, chic and always classy pearl!

Little Girl's Pearls - beautiful pearl bracelet for June's birthstone

It makes perfect sense the especially social-centric month of June is associated with the pearl. As Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady and legendary fashonista icon, so eloquently put: “Pearls are always appropriate.” Needless to say, I wholeheartedly agree with Jackie! And thanks to a recent resurgence of popularity in mainstream fashion, thanks to stars such as Coco Chanel to Sarah Jessica Parker, they continue to remain fashionable, elegant and unique keepsakes cherished by runway models and casual dressers alike. Throughout history, pearls have been associated with love, innocence and purity, making them an ideal gift to symbolize a “new beginning” in life such as a birth, romance, anniversary, wedding or graduation. No other gem conveys the promise, depth and gravitas of eternal love in the subtle, yet elegant way that a pearl does.

June Birthstone - Pearl

Pearls are distinctly versatile. Their multitude of colors, sizes and styles make pearls adaptable to any occasion—both as a gift and as an accessory. From the romantic nuances of the pink pearl immaculately expressing the everlasting passion and ultimate commitment to your significant other on an anniversary or engagement, to the bold, extremely rare black pearl long believed to bring good luck and protection from evil that makes it a superb gift for new grads facing the challenges of adult life—I can assist you in creating the impeccable ensemble for your unique occasion.

June birthstone - pearl

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all pearls are the same! Little Girl’s Pearls has over a decade of experience creating personalized and unique gifts that will be cherished by you and your loved ones for years to come. I love helping you choose the perfect gem—whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to memorialize that special person’s important life event with a thoughtful, lasting keepsake. From brides and flower girls to new mothers and grandmothers to recent grads (the possibilities are endless!), or you’re searching for just the right accessory to accentuate your outfit, be it a classic “Southern Belle” look or an elegant appearance that would look right at home on the red carpet, you really can’t go wrong with pearls!

June's birthstone - pearl

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