Every year, after Christmas dinner, we celebrate with dessert and a birthday party for Jesus. It is extremely simple, but reminds my children once again of what Christmas is all about. It’s not about the presents. It’s not about us. It’s about the birth of the Savior. We turn off the dining room chandelier, light a candle and sing “Happy Birthday” around the glow of a cupcake. This year, I only printed the banner and cupcake toppers. We hung the banner in the kitchen just before bed on Christmas Eve and enjoyed our cake on Christmas night. It has been such a sweet blessing to see churches and families ordering these printables! Happy, Happy Birthday, Jesus!

See the full “Happy Birthday Jesus” collection in the SHOP. Each file is available with your art choice of either a gift, cupcake or candy cane.

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If you are not familiar with this beautiful shop, you must go visit! I just love Dear Lillie! Hand drawn prints, printables and such pretty home décor inspiration! Much of her work includes scripture, which I adore. I used Dear Lillie’s Happy Birthday print as part of Eliza’s Watermelon Picnic and brought it out again for her Little Miss Tea party! It’s one of my favorites!
As Thanksgiving is upon us, please know how grateful I am for how you so sweetly support this little adventure of mine, Sweet Peach. I love getting to know so many of you and greatly appreciate your loyalty! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Photos by Dear Lillie

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I don’t love wrapping presents- the actual wrapping part. But, I do LOVE adding the pretty touches on top! I love it when all of my packages coordinate, tied with ribbon and have a sweet personalized sticker. Type A all the way. I can’t help myself, but I just do! I remember when my sister-in-law gave me a set of Christmas enclosure cards the first December after we were married. I LOVED them!! I was so excited to have anything with my new name! If you need some gift ideas or love to decorate your packages like I do, be sure to check out all the fun gift tags in the SHOP! Gift tags can also be revised to work as return address labels if you desire a matching sticker for your Christmas card.

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It used to make me crazy when stores would put out Christmas decorations and start the music in October…. or if you are Hobby Lobby, July!!! I well understand all the crafters have to prepare very early for holiday business. I start thinking about Christmas card designs in September and October myself. Now with children, my time is soooo much more limited that I have started shopping early as well. Instead of losing Halloween and Thanksgiving by thinking ahead, I feel like I completely gain it. I have only succeeded one year, but let me tell you, it was the most wonderful feeling!!! I set the goal of being completely finished with Christmas shopping by December 1st. {With exception to our tradition of taking the girls shopping for each other}. I was able to focus on the true meaning of Christmas- the birth of Jesus!! – and enjoy the season fully with our family. Now, all of this is coming from a girl who has been shopping on Christmas Eve and wrapping presents at midnight waaay too many times to count. It’s a serious challenge for me to work that far ahead, but I’m getting better and have three little ladies that provide great motivation!! Anna Claire and I had a big shopping day a few weeks ago and had the best time together!! If I had all three with me, it wouldn’t have been enjoyable at hour six…. or hour two for that matter. Yes, we shopped for 6 hours and loved every minute of it. Just being together, one-on-one made it so fun! Special snacks, getting to hold my hand non-stop and all the little talks that come with being on a date. We found some sweet gifts and I wanted to share one that I just love. Are you familiar with Stacy Brown Designs? She makes the most adorable hand painted personalized bracelets. I’ve bought them for others and they are super cute! One day, I will actually buy one for myself too! She has sooo many designs, color combos, patterns and styles. Stacy Brown also sells monogrammed purses, frames and so much more! To see all the possibilities, be sure to check out her beautiful shop! I hope you can find some special gifts for your loved ones this year. Join me in shopping early (this post is my accountability!!). Let’s take away the stress of Christmas and put the meaning back in it!

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I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating this glorious day!  It has been such a fun day at our house and now I am ready for bed!!  My husband and I were up until 3am putting together the girls’ “Majestic Mansion”.  WOW, that was quite a chore, but the squeals of excitement made it worth every minute.  I hope it was a precious day at your house as well.  Merry, Merry Christmas!

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Wow, what an incredibly busy Christmas season!  Thank you, thank you for all your orders!  It will continue to be quiet around the blog through the rest of December.  I have lots of fun projects I am working on and most importantly, I am enjoying precious time with my family.  I am also making plans, goals and new dreams for the coming year of Sweet Peach Paperie!  As Christmas is almost here, the card orders have nearly come to an end.  A few last are printing today.  I have so enjoyed all your beautiful pictures!  Check out a just a FEW of my many favorites!! {I have loved all of them!!}  I hope they bring you a smile too!

I was honored to make this announcement/holiday card for our dear friends and their newest bundle, Grant!  The beautiful photos are by Kim Craig Photographry.

Thank you for such a wonderful holiday season!!

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Need a fun stocking stuff for that naughty person on your list?  I love these adorable “Lumps of Coal” from Favor Boutique by Angelique.  Angelique created the fun turtle soaps as our favors for the girls’ preppy turtle party that you can see HERE!   I am all about cute and practical!  The girls loved their turtle soaps and they smelled so good!

There are plenty of fun choices for the well behaved too!  Angelique’s schedule is filling fast so run over to her shop and order asap!  Be sure to let her know that Sweet Peach Paperie sent you!

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As I shared earlier this month, I worked extremely hard to be an early Christmas shopper this year.  I am usually a December 24th, one last thing, wrapping at midnight, kind of girl.  For the first time in my entire life, I set a goal to shop early and be done by December 1st.  Drum roll please….. I AM DONE!!!!!!!!  With exception to a few stationery orders (my family is probably so tired of paper), I somehow met my goal!  I can’t even tell you how excited I am!!!  I love Christmas, I love being out in the hustle and bustle.  I just want to be out without the pressure of finding that last gift. Most importantly, I want to truly enjoy this season with my family and teach my little girls the incredible purpose for our grand celebrations.  It’s not about presents.  It’s not about us.

Last year, we started an advent tree with special ornaments to hang each day.  With each ornament came a nightly devotional and sweet family time with purpose.  This year,  the girls will open an envelope each night that shares a service project, fun activity or act of kindness that we will do the next day.  Most of my ideas came from a wonderful blog, Lil Light O’Mine.  Does your family have an advent calendar? There are so many fun and meaningful ways to countdown to Christmas.  I hope your family can treasure this very special month!

Advent Calendar Tutorial by Craftberry Bush 

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Last week was the calm before the storm. This week, the holiday rush has officially hit in full force! For that reason, it has been quiet on the blog so please be sure you are following along on Facebook for more daily updates!

As you are placing your orders, know that professional printing services are available for holiday cards as well.  All pricing for front-only cards can be found under the “Services” tab.  Proofs are sent within 24 hours and most printed orders are shipping within 4 days.  To answer a few more common questions, yes, the wording can be modified on most all cards.  Likewise, colors on most can also be customized.  Please email Tracy at sweetpeachpaperie@gmail.com with those requests or use the contact box for your questions.  I’m honored for Sweet Peach Paperie to be your choice this year!  Thanks so much for all your orders!

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I have to say that I am excited Halloween is over.  Now, I can officially focus on Thanksgiving and truly, Christmas!!  I can’t wait to decorate my house.  I can’t wait to do Christmas crafts and bake cookies with my little ladies!  I can’t wait to celebrate this glorious season!  Christmas enclosures and gift tags have been listed in the shop and I’m working on a few new card designs.  Below is one available front and back card that I designed as our family card last year.  Christmas cards are such special memories for me.  My babies are growing so fast!!

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