November 26

How to have the thriftiest holiday ever…

I’m sure you have all heard about Oprah’s Favorite Things show that she puts on every holiday season, well this year it was a little bit different, it was How to have the Thriftiest Holiday ever, since alot of us are trying to find way’s to save money due to our struggling economy (think recession) Oprah thought it would be great to show how we can give things from our heart.

I haven’t watched Oprah in a long, long time but, I kept hearing on our radio station about the show today & how people were not all that happy about being in her audience since in previous years she gave away ALOT of amazing gifts, well I think they missed the point.

Here is some things I wrote down in case you missed the show & I’m sure you can go to to watch the show & see all the neat things she talked about.

Gratitude Boxes – when you have your family & friends over for Christmas dinner put boxes at each place setting & than after dinner have your guests write heartfelt sentiments to eachother & than you put them in their boxes & when they leave for the evening they each will have a beautiful box to take home with them.

Ideas: “My Holiday Wish for You”, “What I love about you”, “Thank you for…”

You can download the cards here, so all you have to do is print them out & cut them out.

You can also download some Holiday Hits from Oprah’s website found here & CD cover & label.

Treasure Boxes – purchase a treasure box or something cool to hold all of your kid’s artwork, mementos, etc that you have kept over the years, decorate the box, do whatever you like. I thought this was a wonderful idea, you could even start it now & have something to store everything in so your kid’s can look thru it as they are growing up, I know this is something my kid’s would absolutely love.

“The words from your heart mean more to people than anything you can buy.”  – Oprah Winfrey

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Posted November 26, 2008 by Michelle in category "Uncategorized

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My name is Michelle Nadraszky and I live in Calgary, AB CANADA, I am originally from Vancouver, BC but have been in Calgary now for 9 years. I am a Stay at Home Mom to 2 beautiful kids...Taylor who is 6 1/2 and Jaiden who is 3 years old. I have been married to Billy for 8 years. I work part-time in a Call Centre. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 2 1/2 years. I love everything about Stampin' Up! - I am highly addicted to it! I have been stamping and scrapbooking for about 4 years now and I am constantly amazed by the talent that I see on a daily basis. Besides Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafting I love to watch reality TV, Grey's Anatomy, ER, Gilmore Girls, Desperate Housewives and Miami Ink (I personally have 5 tattoos)!


  1. By Brenda-Lee on

    Funny you posted about this I actually watched the show. Love the Gratitude Boxes!!! The sad thing is we should not wait till the holidays to tell people we love them.

  2. By sandy on

    I didn’t watch the show, but my mom told me all about it. I also agree that it is sad we don’t tell people very often how much they mean to us. I have started a habit of choosing one family member or close family friend a month and sending them a card with a small note in it. It uses up the cards I make just because, and it helps out the family members too.

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